Setup a File Sharing Server using Samba

Samba is the Linux implementation of the SMB/CIFS file sharing standard used by Windows PCs and Apple computers, and widely supported by media streamers, games consoles and mobile apps.

This tutorial assumes that you’ll use a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to set up your file server, but you can alternatively enable SSH and connect to it remotely from another computer on your local network.

We also assume you’re using a 32GB (or smaller) micro SD card, which provides a reasonable amount of storage space without requiring any extra steps to make it accessible. However, if you need extra storage, it’s easy to mount a large external USB drive and create a Samba entry for it.

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NordVPN Auto-Connect when Raspberry Pi Boots

This is a quick tutorial on how to start an OpenVPN connection when your Raspberry Pi system boots.

Do you need a VPN for Linux?

If you’re a Linux user, you’re probably aware that Linux is one of the most secure OS out there. It has a small but dedicated user base, it exists across multiple different distributions, it limits user admin privileges, and the open-sourced code is scoured by hawk-eyed developers looking for vulnerabilities to patch up. All of that is true, but that doesn’t mean a VPN isn’t still a vital tool for Linux users.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Always-On BitTorrent Box

It’s ideal to have a dedicated machine for your BitTorrent client, so you can seed 24/7. But it’s energy intensive to leave a full rig powered up and online that often. Enter the Raspberry Pi.

Most desktop PCs draw a fair amount of energy—our modest home office server, for example, consumes nearly $200 worth of electricity per year. The Raspberry Pi, on the other hand, is built around a mobile processor and sips energy like a hummingbird. The core Raspberry Pi board uses less than $3 of energy per year and even adding in a few external hard drives, you’ll still keep your yearly operating costs at less than a burger and fries.

Plus, when it comes to downloading torrents, an always-on machine is king. With torrents, the more you monitor the cloud and seed into it the better your ratio on your tracker (even if you’re leeching from public trackers, an always-on machine ensures you’ll be there when those rare files make an appearance).Read More

Banish Advertising From Your Whole Network with Pi-Hole

What is Pi-Hole?

Pi-Hole is a Linux network-level advertisement and internet tracker blocking application which acts as a DNS sinkhole (And optionally a DHCP server), intended for use on a private network. It is designed for use on embedded devices with network capability, such as the Raspberry Pi, but can be used on other machines running Linux and cloud implementations.

Pi-Hole has the ability to block traditional website adverts as well as adverts in unconventional places, such as smart TVs and mobile operating system adverts.Read More

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