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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.

How To Copy Data From A Laptop

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How To Copy Data From A Laptop

Laptops have a particularly short lifetime. While it is possible to upgrade laptop hardware, one day the time will come when that is just not possible or worth it any more. This is when you will want to copy your data from your old laptop to a new device. How you can do this essentially depends on how much data there is to back up and whether or not the old laptop is still booting.

23-07-2013
How To Copy Data From A Laptop
6 Quick Ways To Get Familiar With A New Operating System

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6 Quick Ways To Get Familiar With A New Operating System

In the past, the only consumer operating systems that mattered were Windows and maybe Mac OS X and Linux. Now, we also have Chrome OS, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone to worry about. And new versions of these operating systems are coming out even more frequently. Things are changing frequently. The days of learning a single operating system like Windows XP and using it for ten years are behind us. Here are some tips for keeping up with new operating systems and learning how they work.

22-07-2013
6 Quick Ways To Get Familiar With A New Operating System
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

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Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

Ever since Gnome went ahead with their Gnome Shell idea, the Linux community has been at a frenzy to find a new desktop environment that is right for them. A majority of users used Gnome 2, but the introduction of Gnome 3 attracted a lot of users, forking Gnome 2 into MATE, modifying it with Cinnamon and Unity, or flock completely away from anything Gnome-related to desktop environments such as Xfce, LXDE, or KDE. But the Gnome desktop environment came with a lot of popular software that supported it very well, which still leaves a lot of people trying to find the version of Gnome — MATE, Gnome Shell, Unity, or Cinnamon — that’s appropriate for them. Here’s a quick take at these four to see what the major differences are.

22-07-2013
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

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KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

It’s really important to keep track of your financial position. Online banking can keep you up to date about your account activity and balance, but not every bank offers more tools than that in order to better track your finances. Although there are online tools such as Mint.com, the service isn’t available worldwide and it requires that you trust a third-party with your sensitive financial data while you use their online service.

20-07-2013
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps
nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared

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nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared

Although Linux has become easy enough for practically anyone to use without ever having to use the Terminal, there are some of us who regularly use it or are curious about how one can control their system with it. In any case, one of the primary ways to use the Terminal is to configure text files Terminal text editors and control how certain programs or system services behave.

18-07-2013
nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

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ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

The NSA and PRISM scares demonstrated that governments can and will access the various popular online cloud services. This means that now is one of the best times to consider creating your own cloud solution. With your own cloud, you can get the same benefits of accessing various services such as file storage and calendars that you find with commercial solutions, but instead, all of that data is under your control.

15-07-2013
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar
How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords

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How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords

SSH is a great way to gain remote access to your computer. When you open the ports on your router (port 22 to be exact) you can not only access your SSH server from within your local network, but from anywhere in the world. However, you don’t want to risk using a weak password for authentication. Luckily, it’s very easy to set up your global SSH server in a very secure manner by using key-based authentication and disabling password authentication on your server altogether.

15-07-2013
How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

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Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

In case you don’t know already, most of the web is powered by Linux — Facebook, Twitter, Google, and a vast majority of other major Internet sites use Linux for their servers. While server administrators can choose between multiple distributions for their enterprise or server setups, the primary leader of these distributions is Red Hat. However, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL for short, costs a lot of money in support fees. If RHEL interests you but money is an issue, then it’s almost a given to try CentOS.

13-07-2013
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead
How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt

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How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.

12-07-2013
How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt
What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]

When a user is first introduced to Linux, they might be told they’re using Linux, but they’ll quickly learn that it’s called something else. Yes, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, and so many others are all variants of Linux, or “Linux distributions”. That’s cool and all, but if you give it a little thought, you’ll be asking yourself why there are so many different distributions in existence, especially if they’re all Linux anyway.

11-07-2013
What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

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Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

As Linux is arguably the most customizeable operating system between it, Windows, and Mac OS X; there’s plenty of room to change just about whatever you please. Proper customizing can potentially lead to massive performance improvements, giving even the oldest hardware a new leash on life. I previously reviewed Xfce quite a while back as a great choice for resource-conscious users, but apparently there’s a new kid on the block that is even more lightweight and great for the crappiest hardware imaginable.

08-07-2013
Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

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Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

Ask just about any Linux user, and they’ll more than likely recommend VLC Player as the best choice for playing any media format you can think of. But it only offers one implementation — a complete media playing package that uses its own technologies as well as its own GUI. In the spirit of Linux, you may wish to use something that’s a bit more modular. This way, you can use a single media decoder and then customize everything else about it.

06-07-2013
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux
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