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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.

Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

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Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

The sheer number of different ways in which Linux can be run is astounding, as there are plenty of choices to go around. While there are plenty of distributions which rely on either the .deb or .rpm package formats, there’s also a handful which use their own formats, if any at all. One of those distributions is very unique compared to most others as the distribution’s developers don’t compile software into binary packages for easy installation.

Danny Stieben January 10, 2013 10-01-2013
Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

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Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

There are plenty of Linux users out there who are using distributions such as Ubuntu or one of the many distributions which are based from Ubuntu, including Linux Mint. However, no matter what you’re using, as long as it uses .deb packages, there’s one main distribution where it all comes from – Debian. There are a good number of reasons why Debian is such a popular choice for people who have high expectations.

Danny Stieben January 7, 2013 07-01-2013
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions
Amahi On Ubuntu: Must-Have Extras For Your Linux Home Server

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Amahi On Ubuntu: Must-Have Extras For Your Linux Home Server

A few weeks ago I went through the process of setting up a home server using an old computer, a copy of Ubuntu and Amahi, a free home server that comes with its own repository of extras. Loosely referred to as an “app store” by some, once you’ve set up Amahi, it’s easy to add additional services to your server in just a couple of clicks. If you’ve just installed your home server or are looking for Ubuntu-specific additions then this article is for you.

Tim Brookes January 4, 2013 04-01-2013
Amahi On Ubuntu: Must-Have Extras For Your Linux Home Server
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

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Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

When you look around today, you’ll notice that virtually everyone now uses some digital device, whether it be an iPod or other generic MP3-capable device, to listen to their music. This is very different from a decade or two ago, where most people would carry around portable CD players to listen to their music on the go. As the technology for MP3-playback and storage became dirt cheap, more and more people started adopting the new devices.

Danny Stieben January 3, 2013 03-01-2013
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]
Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player

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Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player

We’ve lavished attention on VirtualBox here at MakeUseOf, and for good reason. However, VirtualBox isn’t your only option for creating and using free virtual machines. VMware Player, VMware’s free product, is every bit as good as VirtualBox for many users. You may even prefer it to VirtualBox. VMware Player runs on Windows and Linux.

Chris Hoffman December 28, 2012 28-12-2012
Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player
Improve Your Security Defense By Going On Offense Using Backtrack Linux

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Improve Your Security Defense By Going On Offense Using Backtrack Linux

We constantly hear about new security threats and companies that have been breached. As such, it’s understandable for some of us to be paranoid about security in order to prevent any possible attacks. If you’re not at least a little bit paranoid, you might want to read up on which site was the last one to have passwords stolen from. Even if you have good security measures in place for your computer, you’ll also have to place equally heavy emphasis on your home network.

Danny Stieben December 27, 2012 27-12-2012
Improve Your Security Defense By Going On Offense Using Backtrack Linux
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

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Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

Mageia is an RPM-based Linux distribution which forked off Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) in September 2010 when Mandriva was experiencing severe financial difficulties. It’s first release was in July 2011, and after just about a year and a half later it’s been creating quite the buzz. In fact, there are three main aspects of Mageia which are grabbing people’s attention.

Danny Stieben December 20, 2012 20-12-2012
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]
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
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