Unix fundamentals - compiling software from scratch

This is a fundamentals post - where we cover a fundamental concept to do with a particular bit of free/open source software so you can learn it, brush up and then be armed with that knowledge for future posts!

Installing software. It's something that you do quite a lot if you're like most computer users. On Unix-like systems, there are several different ways you be getting that program ...

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Delete files securely with shred

Deleting a file is a pretty simple task, right? Whether you're in a GUI or on the command line, it's really simple to delete a file. Once you've deleted it, it's gone. Except - no it's not.

When you delete a file, you just remove its index entry from your filesystem. You won't immediately be able to find it, but the data is still there ...

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Installing Lighttpd from source on Linux

lighttpd logo Apache is the world's most popular web server and is a very good piece of software. It isn't however, the only choice of free software and open source web server solutions and it's easy to overlook lightweight alternatives to Apache.

One such alternative is lighttpd. Here's what its official site says about the project:

Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility -- all of these describe lighttpd (pron. lighty ...

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