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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.

Windows 8: A Review From A Linux User’s Perspective

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Windows 8: A Review From A Linux User’s Perspective

Many people have feared that Windows 8 would be an entirely new experience, and that our traditional workflow would be disrupted. Some people have even claimed that Windows 8 may cause them to abandon the operating system family and switch to Linux so that they can run up to date code without upgrading Windows. However, is any of this really the case?

Danny Stieben March 16, 2013 16-03-2013
Windows 8: A Review From A Linux User’s Perspective
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

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How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

The introduction of personal computers with Windows 8 preinstalled with them also introduced a controversial under-the-hood modification – Secure Boot. Secure Boot is a technology which is included in any new computer that has Windows 8 preinstalled and the official sticker. It is meant to check that you have a certified operating system installed on your computer before it tries to boot it.

Danny Stieben March 9, 2013 09-03-2013
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?
How To Install The Ubuntu Touch Preview On Your Nexus Android Device

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How To Install The Ubuntu Touch Preview On Your Nexus Android Device

Ubuntu is developing on a touch-focused interface for smartphones and tablets, with plans to ship Ubuntu smartphones in 2014. If you’re interested in trying it right now, there’s good news: You can install the preview release of Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus device (the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10). Be aware though that this is an early version of Ubuntu Touch. It’s been called beta, but it’s actually alpha.

Chris Hoffman March 8, 2013 08-03-2013
How To Install The Ubuntu Touch Preview On Your Nexus Android Device
Which Is The Best Note-Taking App Out There? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Which Is The Best Note-Taking App Out There? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Last week we asked you which devices (desktops, laptops, tablets) should be available for children at school. While not many of you chose to answer this poll, the discussion that ensued in the comments was interesting and enlightening, with many different opinions brought to the table. But which answer got the most votes in the poll?

Yaara Lancet March 3, 2013 03-03-2013
Which Is The Best Note-Taking App Out There? [MakeUseOf Poll]
How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux

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How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux

Our smartphones are amazing tools as they receive Internet service almost wherever we travel, unlike most laptops which are limited to whatever WiFi hotspot they can find. While some carriers place limits on the amount of data which you can consume, others have plans which have higher limits which allow tethering, as well as unlimited data.

Danny Stieben February 28, 2013 28-02-2013
How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux
SlimBoat – A Newer Take On The Browser [Windows & Linux]

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SlimBoat – A Newer Take On The Browser [Windows & Linux]

Once you’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari, is there anything left? The browser is generally considered to be the most important part of your home PC experience. It’s the vehicle that lets you stroll out into this wonderful Internet that we all know so well. Once you fall in love with a particular browser, it’s very tough to be pulled away from it. I only recently made the transition from Firefox to Chrome, and many would say I’m a good year late on that.

Craig Snyder February 26, 2013 26-02-2013
SlimBoat – A Newer Take On The Browser [Windows & Linux]
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

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Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

Computers are necessary tools to be productive members in today’s society. We need them to be able to do what we want them to, whenever and wherever. A part of being productive means using an office suite to write documents and create presentations. Under Linux, there are a number of great options available which allow you to be as productive as you possibly can. Each office suite has its own advantages.

Danny Stieben February 25, 2013 25-02-2013
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

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Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

We all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet has a deep hole after you buy it. But Photoshop isn’t the only image manipulation tool on the block. The leading open source alternative to Photoshop, GIMP, has plenty of power under the hood as well.

Danny Stieben February 23, 2013 23-02-2013
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

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New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

Technology is progressing forward at a pretty fast rate, so much so that it isn’t uncommon for you to find yourself buying a new computer or computer part. For example, you may want to buy a brand new laptop or replace a dying hard drive that your system is currently using. In cases like these, it would be great if you can simply move your operating system over to the new hard drive or system with as little fuss as possible.

Danny Stieben February 21, 2013 21-02-2013
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

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5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

If you ask any power user for one good piece of advice that applies to any operating system, it would be to back up your files regularly. As much as technology can be helpful, it can also cause problems or even fail at the worst possible times. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify different backup methods for your system. With Linux, you have a good amount of reliable options at your disposal, but it may not be quite as obvious as with other platforms.

Danny Stieben February 11, 2013 11-02-2013
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux
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