Transfer.sh: Upload and Share Files Straight From Your Ubuntu Terminal

Transfer.sh is a website that allows users to easily share files from a Linux terminal, for free. The only requirement is to have wget and cURL installed on your system, which are already preinstalled on most distributions so you probably won’t need to install anything.

The service is absolutely free, it allows users to upload files up to 10 GB, you can upload single or group of files in one shot. You have a option to encrypt files before uploading, all files can be deleted automatically from server after 14 days.

Transfer.sh support currently the s3 (Amazon S3) provider and local file system (local). This code is free to use, so you can explore Transfer.sh on your own server environment by modifying few settings.

HowTo Download YouTube Audio Straight From Ubuntu Terminal

If you are looking for a tool to download videos from multiple platforms you may already know some popular options like jDownloader. But there is an application as powerful as the above – one of the most interesting is YouTube-dl. Following this guide, you will be able to use it to download Youtube audio straight from the Linux terminal.

Youtube-dl is a small Python-based command line tool that allows you to download videos from platforms like YouTube, Dailymotion, Google Video, Photobucket, Facebook, Yahoo, Metacafe, Depositfiles and some similar sites. The Python interpreter is required to run the program. This program is open source and should run smoothly on any Unix, Windows or Mac OS X based system.

Youtube-dl also allows you to choose the video quality format available to download or let the program automatically download the highest quality video from the indicated portal. It also has support for downloading playlists, options for adding custom or original titles to the downloaded video file. It also has support for using a proxy.

Google Search inside Linux Terminal

googler is a power tool to Google (Web & News) and Google Site Search from the command-line. It shows the title, URL and abstract for each result, which can be directly opened in a browser from the terminal. Results are fetched in pages (with page navigation). Supports sequential searches in a single googler instance.

googler was initially written to cater to headless servers without X. You can integrate it with a text-based browser. However, it has grown into a very handy and flexible utility that delivers much more. For example, fetch any number of results or start anywhere, limit search by any duration, define aliases to google search any number of websites, switch domains easily… all of this in a very clean interface without ads or stray URLs. The shell completion scripts make sure you don’t need to remember any options.

googler isn’t affiliated to Google in any way.

Umbreon Virus for Linux, Inspired by Pokemon

Trend Micro, the world leader in Internet data protection and cloud security, has detected a few days ago a new rootkit that targets Linux-based devices. The rootkit is able to strike 32 bits or 64 bits systems based on both Intel or ARM processors. Even embedded systems (such as routers) are at risk.

The name of the rootkit is Umbreon, in the video game Umbreon is a Pokemon that is hiding in the shadows, hence the name of the virus.

After infiltrating your PC Umbreon creates a user account that hackers uses to access the device via SSH. The picture below shows the welcome screen shown when this backdoor account is accessed via SSH.

HowTo Install Enlightenment 20 Deskop on Ubuntu/Linux Mint

One of the best things about Linux is providing the user with the freedom of choice. You can choose from a variety of desktop environments the one that perfectly suits your tastes and needs. The Enlightenment desktop is not for everyone, especially the new linux users, but it isn’t that complicated either. That’s because it offers powerful flexibility in how to setup and use your operating system. It’s also lightweight so it will run on older computers just as well as on powerful multi-core desktop systems.

Keep Your Old Computer Alive with Xubuntu Linux

Assuming you have a moderately old computer which acceptably runs Windows XP but is unable to run Windows 7 or older due to its limited hardware capabilities, what do you do in order to keep using that computer? You can’t keep using Windows XP because Microsoft has dropped update support and running an Windows XP computer online without security updates is pretty much suicide. You can’t install Windows 7 or higher because it will be slow as **** so the only thing you can do is switch to Linux.

Linux is a free, alternative operating system that allows you to use your computer just like you would in Windows. The only down side about Linux is poorer gaming support compared to Windows but you don’t mind that as your beat-up computer couldn’t handle gaming anyways.