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Get the most out of earth’s best open-source operating system. We’ll highlight the best Linux distros, software and games, and share tips useful for anyone switching from Windows or OS X.

Steam For Linux Beta Now Available To All [Updates]

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Steam For Linux Beta Now Available To All [Updates]

Valve announced on Thursday that its previously invite-only Steam client for Linux is now available for all to download, test out and submit feedback. The announcement came shortly after Steam received a platform-wide update, with Valve welcoming Linux gamers to the service in what is turning out to be a very interesting year for the publisher.

Tim Brookes December 20, 2012 20-12-2012
Steam For Linux Beta Now Available To All [Updates]
No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center

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No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center

Use Chrome to completely control XBMC. Whether you want to browse and play your media or send a video you’re watching on your laptop to your media center, a variety of extensions and tricks lets you control everything about your media center from Chrome. Are you hosting a YouTube party? You can use your laptop to send videos to your TV, meaning there’s no crowding around a tiny screen or dealing with on-screen keyboards and mediocre search results.

Justin Pot December 19, 2012 19-12-2012
No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center
Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]

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Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]

In June I switched over from a combination of Windows and Linux to pretty much using OS X solely, and being largely familiar with Windows software (and painfully aware of the lack of many Linux alternatives) I had to replace a few oft-used programs with Mac-friendly alternatives. At some point I realised I was bereft of a file recovery tool and it was at that point I discovered PhotoRec.

Tim Brookes December 14, 2012 14-12-2012
Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]
How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

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How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

You’d have thought the world was coming to an end when James discovered that Windows Home Server – Microsoft’s $50 set-and-forget network storage solution – was being axed in favour of a far more expensive successor. Thankfully he soon discovered that all hope was not lost thanks to Amahi, a free Linux-based home server. If you’ve been thinking about doing a spot of home improvement recently then why not start with your very own home server?

Tim Brookes December 13, 2012 13-12-2012
How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer
Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids

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Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids

Turn an aging computer into a kid-friendly machine that’s both educational and entertaining. Thanks to open source software there are a variety of complete operating systems designed to let you hand down computers to kids without worry. Kids love to explore, and computers are a great opportunity for that. Programmers from around the world dedicated to education have built a number of freely available operating systems you can use to set up a computer for your kids, free of charge.

Justin Pot December 6, 2012 06-12-2012
Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

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Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

So you have your Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive account, but how do you automatically add files to them? They are quite useful for manually adding files to, but what if you wanted to use the storage space to back up your computer files? Well, there aren’t too many options, especially free ones, that allow you to do this.

Aaron Couch December 6, 2012 06-12-2012
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

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4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

Encryption is often considered the playground of geeks alone, but it doesn’t have to be. Encryption just means that information is scrambled and you can only access the real information with a special password or key. On an Internet where we don’t want our credit card numbers and other sensitive data exposed to prying eyes, encryption is an important tool.

Chris Hoffman December 5, 2012 05-12-2012
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data
Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]

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Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]

Most of us lead extremely busy lives that we’re expected to keep track of at all times. Whether we have stressful jobs, school work, or plenty of social events, it’s crucial that we remember what we have to do and when we have to do it by. Therefore, to-do list applications can become one of our best friends because they are a reliable aid to keeping our lives in check.

Danny Stieben November 29, 2012 29-11-2012
Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]
4 Best Linux PDF Viewers – And Adobe Reader Is Just One Of Them [Linux]

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4 Best Linux PDF Viewers – And Adobe Reader Is Just One Of Them [Linux]

When it comes to distributing forms and other information over the Internet, the file type of choice tends to be PDF. This file type is popular because it has decent compression rates, can prevent editing, allows for interesting visual elements, and allows interactivity (especially when it comes to filling out forms on the computer). Thankfully, there are plenty of applications all over the web which can read these files.

Danny Stieben November 24, 2012 24-11-2012
4 Best Linux PDF Viewers – And Adobe Reader Is Just One Of Them [Linux]
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