Tutorial of the Month – May 2010

Long time no see..

I’ll revive this nice project as a monthly review of tutorials published in the Tutorials & Tips section on ubuntuforums.

For May 2010, we’ll highlight ibuclaw‘s “HowTO: Sudoers Configuration“. Permissions on Linux are sometimes difficult to understand by new users and this guide is a very good way to start. The subject has already been covered extensively by many forums, blogs and wikis, why point out at this particular one?

Well, first because it’s ibuclaw’s, formerly known as tinivole (you will always be tinivole to me, no matter what ;)).
Second, it’s built on user cases dedicated to walking new users through the sudoers file.
Third, it gets into some fine permissions and aliases, which make the sudoers file quite powerful.
Last but not least, even if the thread can be seen as a little old, tiniv.. ibuclaw will be happy to give you support.

Have fun reading, and please do not break anything :)

Reference

UF ToM thread
HowTO: Sudoers Configuration

Ubuntuforums Tutorial of the Week revived.

A year and a half ago, K.Mandla started a nifty Tutorial of the Week project. The project goal is described here. Basically, we try to push forward tutorials that are clearly written and well supported by the author. If you wish to have an idea of what we expect for tutorials, please see here.

K.Mandla has moved to other fun projects, you can still follow them on Motho ke motho ka botho :)
That was quite unfortunate for us as UF team, and in particular for the Tutorial of the Week. I dearly miss you, K.Mandla.

After much discussions about refining the tutorials review process (this takes time, skills and dedication), I decided to dive into reviving the project that was missed by many members. I’ll do my best, although I know I’ll never get near to K.Mandla’s art..

Please feel free to nominate tutorials here or in the UF discussion thread, that will help us, thanks!

I’ll write later about the tutorial review process. We have quite a few ideas, but we do not have a consensus yet.

So, Tada! please have a look at this week’s featured thread:

HowTo: Install the very latest MPlayer under Jaunty Jackalope by andrew.46

This is a nifty tutorial that will show you how to successfully compile the subversion MPlayer under Jaunty Jackalope. For memory, ubuntu-freak‘s “Comprehensive Multimedia & Video Howto” was the Tutorial of the Week for October 06, 2008 and should be used if you do not wish to compile applications.

This tutorial is very well presented, and, most of all, supported. You can even browse a recent tutorial from the same author, “Top 10 Tricks and Tips for the svn MPlayer” that focuses on MPlayer usage. Long hours of fun ahead!

ubuntuforums members Tutorials

K.Mandla (here and there) has been reviewing and collecting tutorials from the ubuntuforums every week. This work is really impressive (both K.Mandla’s and the UF member’s) and is one of the many useful elements a Ubuntu newcomer may find useful.
Please visit the Tutorial of the Week thread, and feel free to suggest UF Tutorials in this thread. Thanks!

UbuntuHQ

I have been reading UbuntuHQ for a while now, after I found an incoming link in my dashboard :)
They have a nice collection of Tutorials and Tips, application reviews and news related to Ubuntu. You can browse the Howtos section here. They are a community site, meaning you can register and submit articles.

I’ve added their RSS feed to my blogroll, please feel free to subscribe to their feed, lots of good stuff :)

(Side note: nice blog theme too ;-D).