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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.

Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC

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Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC

Want to check out Linux, but fear you might wreck your existing Windows installation? Don’t. There are plenty of risk-free ways to try Linux, from live CDs to USB keys to virtual machines. Whether you’re thinking of ditching Windows or simply want to tinker with some tech, Linux is worth looking into. If you want to see how user friendly Linux can be, I recommend starting with Ubuntu, though others will tell you Linux Mint is a better first experience. If you consider yourself a geek, at least try it out.

04-07-2013
Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

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Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

Joy to the world, a new version of Fedora codenamed “Schrödinger’s Cat” has been released! In the past, Fedora has provided leadership in the open source community, holding up to strict open source policies, continuous support to upstream projects, and by offering the latest software before any other distribution.

04-07-2013
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

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Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

People love their desktops! Whether you’re on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer, the desktop is an open space that isn’t pre-defined by a rigid structure. Unlike the interfaces of mobile devices or Windows 8’s Modern interface, it gives room to randomness, creativity, and individuality. This of course results in messy desktops more often than not. We have previously demonstrated how to clean up your desktop and switch wallpapers. Here I present a selection of wallpapers to go with a lean and productive desktop.

02-07-2013
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

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Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

If you happen to enjoy playing cards on your computer and are tired of Solitaire and other card games, there are plenty of other options available. Playing Poker on your computer tends to be risky business because most time-worthy poker games are online and actually involve gambling, making its legality uncertain from country to country. If you’re worried or even affected by this, don’t think that you’ll have to forget about playing poker on your computer. Instead, you can try out PokerTH, a fun and complete poker game that’s cross-platform and free.

01-07-2013
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

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Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

I’ve tried so many desktop music players that I’m starting to lose my mind. So far I’ve tried Clementine, Spider, GOM Audio, AIMP3, and a few more. How does Nightingale fare against its fierce competition? Before answering that, you should know that Nightingale is a fork of Songbird Classic. You’ll find a lot of similarities between the two, but also a number of differences – the main one being that Songbird has officially been declared dead. Whether you were looking for a Songbird alternative or a Songbird replacement, Nightingale might have what you need.

28-06-2013
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player
How to Boot A Linux Live USB Stick On Your Mac

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How to Boot A Linux Live USB Stick On Your Mac

So you want want to boot Linux, from a flash drive, on your Mac? If you’re reading this, you probably already know it’s harder than it should be. Old standbys like uNetBootin – while available for your Mac – do not create USB keys your Mac can actually boot. Don’t worry. There’s a simpler way – a GUI made specifically to get distributions like Ubuntu to boot on your Mac. It’s called Mac Linux USB, and it makes the process not only do-able, but easy.

26-06-2013
How to Boot A Linux Live USB Stick On Your Mac
What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux

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What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux

If you’ve been using Linux back since DVDs first came out, you might remember just how long it took before DVDs were somewhat supported. Heck, even now, if you want to play an encrypted DVD, you’ll need to add an extra repository and install a few extra packages just to be able to replay them with barely acceptable quality. Once Blu-Rays came out, it wasn’t a surprise that it was going to be a while before they would also be supported under Linux.

22-06-2013
What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux
Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools

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Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools

Personal privacy is the hot topic these days, at least in the news. It should also be the hot topic in your computing life, as well! What you do online and on your computer says an awful lot about you and, in the hands of the wrong people, can prove disastrous. Oh, fine, at least we have a password on our computers. But let’s say we are doing something where privacy really does matter. Imagine we had a benevolent reason to cover our tracks. On to some tools that will help us do just that!

21-06-2013
Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools
Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]

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Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]

At some point in your life, you’ve probably considered looking into your family tree and making sense of it all. If you’re the technical guru of the family, you’ve possibly also considered how you might digitise all the information your family has collected in order to make a neat-looking family tree to pass around to all the relatives. Gramps is free, open-source family tree making software which makes this part of the process is easy and completely free. Today we’ll focus on building the best family tree printouts for you.

13-06-2013
Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]
GNote: Take Notes & Create Your Own Personal Wiki [Linux]

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GNote: Take Notes & Create Your Own Personal Wiki [Linux]

Organize your life with your own private wiki. GNotes is a simple Linux note-taking app that allows you to quickly link one thought to another, turning your research or journaling into an inter-weaving database that’s easy to reference. It’s your own personal desktop wiki. Wish you were better organized? Start writing things down. GNote is an application you can use to outline and store your thoughts.

13-06-2013
GNote: Take Notes & Create Your Own Personal Wiki [Linux]
TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans

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TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans

I’m a big fan of voice communication when it comes to gaming. Wearing a headset while gaming adds a social element that makes the gaming experience that much better. While TeamSpeak may have started off as a solution for competitive gaming teams to discuss strategy and tactics in real-time, it has evolved into something beyond the bare essentials. It is used by casual gamers and fierce e-sports enthusiasts alike. TeamSpeak is a great program for talking with your gamer friends.

12-06-2013
TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans
Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]

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Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]

If you have an AMD or nVidia graphics card or chip in your desktop or laptop, you have some serious graphics processing power under the hood. However, these highly respected graphics vendors like to keep their secrets, which includes making their drivers proprietary software. Ubuntu and other Linux distributions use open source drivers to make them work. But what’s the difference between the two, and how do you install the proprietary driver in Ubuntu if you decide to use it?

10-06-2013
Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]
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