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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.

Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools

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Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools

From personal experience, whenever I have a problem with any component in my computer, it’s more often the hard drive than anything else. My CPU has never failed me, nor my RAM, and my motherboard only once – partially. However, if I still had all the hard drives which have caused me some sort of grief or failed completely, it would sum up to a good-sized pile. However, you can prolong the life of your hard drives through careful monitoring and maintenance.

Danny Stieben August 4, 2012
Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools
9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office

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9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do? Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones.

Aaron Couch August 2, 2012
9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office
How To Create Your Own Vocal-Free Karaoke Tracks

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How To Create Your Own Vocal-Free Karaoke Tracks

I’m sure you will agree with me that there’s nothing better for the spirit than karaoke. Whether you like singing or not, once you get over the initial embarrassment and start picturing yourself standing on stage and singing with a real band, it becomes a truly uplifting experience. Karaoke is not necessarily a group activity – what about karaoke tracks you can listen to in the car, singing along to yourself?

Yaara Lancet July 31, 2012
How To Create Your Own Vocal-Free Karaoke Tracks
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gnome Themes [Linux]

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4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gnome Themes [Linux]

As an avid Linux user I know quite well how customizable my desktop really is. Whether it comes to the desktop shell, or the window borders, or the menu colors, or even the icon theme, all of it can usually be changed pretty easily. I’ve also gone over plenty of Gnome Shell themes, such as Faience or Alternative. But when it comes to overall themes, usually known as Gnome or GTK themes, there aren’t nearly as many that are covered. So, we’re about to fix that.

Danny Stieben July 30, 2012
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gnome Themes [Linux]
mp3DirectCut Lets You Manipulate MP3 Files In Almost Every Way [Windows & Linux]

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mp3DirectCut Lets You Manipulate MP3 Files In Almost Every Way [Windows & Linux]

Every so often I stumble across a piece of software that will eventually end up on every computer that I touch from there on. Such names would be Dropbox, Spotify, uTorrent, Skype, Steam, and so on. One of the lesser-known applications that belong in this same category for me is mp3DirectCut. While audio software like Audacity isn’t foreign to most of us, this little tool has some major advantages.

Craig Snyder July 29, 2012
mp3DirectCut Lets You Manipulate MP3 Files In Almost Every Way [Windows & Linux]
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]

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Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]

Quite honestly, one of the last things people look at is which file system is being used. Windows and Mac OS X users have even less reason to look, because they really have only one choice for their system – NTFS and HFS+, respectively. Linux, on the other hand, has plenty of different file system options, with the current default being ext4. However, there’s been another push to change the file system to something called btrfs.

Danny Stieben July 28, 2012
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]
What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

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What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

In this article, I’m going to show you some of the coolest features of DD-WRT which, if you decide to make use of, will allow you to transform your own router into the super-router of your dreams. While DD-WRT isn’t the only router firmware capable of turning your router into a wireless access point, it is certainly one of the easiest.

Ryan Dube July 27, 2012
What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router
Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu

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Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu

Automate things you’re currently doing yourself. Cuttlefish is a new Ubuntu program that allows you to set simple rules that can save you time. It’s kind of like ifttt, which automates your web apps, but works entirely on your Ubuntu desktop. It’s actually very easy to use, and no programming skills are required to use this GUI-based tool.

Justin Pot July 26, 2012
Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu
Skype Releases Urgent Hotfix For Bug Affecting Windows, Mac & Linux Clients [Updates]

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Skype Releases Urgent Hotfix For Bug Affecting Windows, Mac & Linux Clients [Updates]

As you may have already heard, a recently discovered Skype bug is causing random chat messages to be sent to the wrong users. The bug was revealed a few days ago and, according to Skype, is affecting Skype 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for Mac, Skype 4.0 for Linux and Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone. The messages are sent to the wrong users only when Skype crashes in the middle of a IM session, a situation which can cause anything from a single message to a whole conversation to be sent to an entirely different user from the one you were originally chatting to.

Yaara Lancet July 19, 2012
Skype Releases Urgent Hotfix For Bug Affecting Windows, Mac & Linux Clients [Updates]
Lightread: A Simple Google Reader Client With Offline Mode [Ubuntu]

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Lightread: A Simple Google Reader Client With Offline Mode [Ubuntu]

Do you love Google Reader, but wish you could access it offline? Ubuntu client Lightread lets you do just that, and also gives you an extremely simple user interface to read with. Lean back and browse, because with Lightread you only need the arrow keys to navigate your feeds. You can read your feeds and even star articles and sync changes later.

Justin Pot July 18, 2012
Lightread: A Simple Google Reader Client With Offline Mode [Ubuntu]
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