About Joshua Price

Josh Price is a senior MakeTechEasier writer and owner of Rain Dog Software

Articles by Joshua Price

How to Install and Run Slackware 13

How to Install and Run Slackware 13

A former co-worker once told me “If you want to learn Debian, install Debian. If you want to learn Fedora, install Fedora. If you want to learn Linux, install Slackware.” The philosophy behind Slackware is to keep the system as UNIX-like as possible. There’s not a lot of automatic configuration and you won’t find many […]

Beginner’s Guide to Fluxbox Configuration

Beginner’s Guide to Fluxbox Configuration

On any list of lightweight Linux window managers, you’ll find Fluxbox. Originally a fork of Blackbox, Flux is well known as a fast, light, highly configurable desktop. Unfortunately, Fluxbox’s emphasis on text files for nearly all configuration often acts as a roadblock for those first trying it out. There is a GUI which provides some […]

How to Run Enlightenment (E17) On Ubuntu Karmic

How to Run Enlightenment (E17) On Ubuntu Karmic

Every once in a while we here at MakeTechEasier like to take a look at where things stand with the notoriously still-in-development Enlightenment window manager. I say “notorious” because version 0.17 (hereafter called E17) has been in development almost 10 years, long enough to invite a fair share of Duke Nukem Forever analogies. While some […]

15 Fantastic Looking Dark GDM Themes

15 Fantastic Looking Dark GDM Themes

One of the coolest things about being a Linux user can be showing off your slick custom interface to your friends. With the maturing of Grub 2 and kernel mode setting, we’ll soon all have a beautiful boot from start to finish. The step we’re covering today is customizing GDM, the login manager you likely […]

Cooking with SliTaz – An Innovative (and TINY!) Linux OS

Cooking with SliTaz – An Innovative (and TINY!) Linux OS

I just found a new toy. It’s a Linux distro running a complete desktop, Firefox browser, multimedia utilities, FTP/SSH/IM/torrent/email clients, and a custom package manager… in a 30MB ISO. That’s right, it’s even smaller than Damn Small Linux. It can be run from CD or USB, and once booted it runs entirely from RAM, so […]

How to Save and Share Bash Settings Using Pastebin

How to Save and Share Bash Settings Using Pastebin

As someone who earns part of my living by trying out Linux distros, I reinstall a LOT. Even my favorites rarely last longer than a few months before they’re wiped away to make room for something new. Invariably, one of the very first things I do after any installation is to tweak my shell to […]

Getting Started with Arch Linux

Getting Started with Arch Linux

We recently asked readers for requests on new articles you’d like to see (and thanks for all the great ideas!). One such request was a beginner’s guide to Arch Linux. As a Linux distro addict, I’ve heard of Arch many times over the years but for some reason, I’d never actually given it a shot. […]

How To Run Android on Your Home PC with Virtualbox

How To Run Android on Your Home PC with Virtualbox

Google’s Android OS has been making consistent progress in the smartphone world. If you’re anything like me, you may have been curious about this mobile OS but not willing to spend much on a phone. Fortunately, the LiveAndroid project on Google Code provides a bootable LiveCD image that can be run on your home computer. […]

5 Great Places for Free & Legal Music Downloads

5 Great Places for Free & Legal Music Downloads

With organizations like the RIAA knocking on the doors of downloaders everywhere, finding and downloading music online can be a dangerous hobby. Ethics aside, the legal troubles that can result from downloads could have you paying fines for the next few decades. Fortunately, there are multiple websites that aim to provide free, fully legal music […]

A Quick Guide to Linux Partition Schemes

A Quick Guide to Linux Partition Schemes

What partition setup should you use when dual-booting Windows and Linux? Should you have a separate partition for /home? Why do some people put /boot into its own partition? These are the questions that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time (or thereabouts). This guide aims to answer some of those questions and demonstrate […]

Namebench Helps You Surf The Web Faster

Namebench Helps You Surf The Web Faster

No matter how fast your Internet connection, you may be hitting a bottleneck in web browsing when it comes to your DNS server. Even a 10mb pipe could seem slow when browsing the web if your DNS server is taking too long to respond. A few days ago, Google announced that they are now proving […]

5 Essential Linux Apps for Guitarists

5 Essential Linux Apps for Guitarists

Linux is often overlooked when it comes to music production. For a long time, there were good reasons for that. The complicated sound system, lack of professional-quality software, and limited hardware compatibility have all contributed toward a bad reputation for Linux when it comes to quality audio tools. We here at MakeTechEasier thought it was […]

How to Perform Better Image Searches with GazoPa

How to Perform Better Image Searches with GazoPa

Like many of you, I’ve often relied on Google Image Search when I need to quickly find an image. It’s simple – you type in what you’re looking for, and you get results that match your keyword. It’s always done the job, so why look elsewhere? Well, I recently came across GazoPa, a new website […]

First Look at the New Google Operating System – Chrome OS

First Look at the New Google Operating System – Chrome OS

Back in July, Google made BIG waves in the tech industry by announcing the development of a Google operating system based on Linux. For years there’s been speculation about if/when Google would do this, and when the announcement hit, there was no shortage of people throwing in their two cents on how this new contender […]

Mastering Grub 2 The Easy Way

Mastering Grub 2 The Easy Way

If you’re running Linux, there’s a good chance your distro of choice uses Grub as the default bootloader. Grub has served well for many years, but it’s beginning to show its age. As with all software, it doesn’t take long before the latest-and-greatest becomes old-and-haggard. Features have been piling up in Grub without much thought […]

How to Play Classic Console Games in Linux

How to Play Classic Console Games in Linux

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you grew up with classic video game consoles like the NES and Sega Genesis. For years Windows users have been enjoying high quality game emulation software, but many of the Linux options have been buggy or incomplete. It’s time to take a look at where things stand […]

10 Useful GMail Search Tips

10 Useful GMail Search Tips

Like many of you, I’ve been happily using GMail for years. While there are many things I like about it, one in particular has always impressed me: email search. It’s no surprise that Google would add powerful search features to their email system, but there are many great features that go laregely unnoticed by many […]

How to Share Files Securely with OneSwarm

How to Share Files Securely with OneSwarm

There have been a few attempts over the years at making a safe and secure way to swap files or interact online. Projects like Tor and Freenet have give us some of what we’re looking for, but often have drawbacks such as low speed or complex installation. OneSwarm takes a different approach. Essentially, it’s a […]

Google Wave – Round 2

Google Wave – Round 2

We here at MakeTechEasier got a lot of positive feedback on our coverage of Google Wave, along with quite a few requests for additional information. So here, by reader request, is the second installment of Wave. Today we’ll be covering some of the more advanced and detailed features that didn’t fit into the original post. […]

Google Wave – The Future of Email?

Google Wave – The Future of Email?

Google’s not afraid to reinvent the wheel, as long as they think they can make a better wheel. So far, in my opinion at least, they’re usually successful. That being said, when I first heard about Google Wave, the new browser based communications system, I was skeptical. I like my emails, IMs, message boards and […]