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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.

LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?

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LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?

I’ve always loved simulation games for as long as I can remember. They can involve so many different aspects of the topic in question and can keep you entertained for hours. However, a common downside to any great simulation game is the price to purchase it. Thankfully, there are open source equivalents which aim to replace their costly proprietary cousins — examples include FlightGear and LinCity-NG as alternatives to Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series and SimCity games respectively.

08-08-2013
LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?
FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything

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FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything

The human memory can store data for an amazingly long time, but unlike a computer, we have a hard time recalling information that’s not frequently used or obviously important. We can have hard time digging up important details from a book read just a few weeks ago. Repetition is a great way to work around this problem. This concept is core to FullRecall, a simple, free program that can be customized to help you remember anything you’d like. Let’s take a look at how this app can help you improve your memory.

08-08-2013
FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

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Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

When it comes to video editing, most programs currently available are extremely dense and packed with hundreds of options. And why shouldn’t they be? Video editing is all about control and that requires a lot of features. The downside is the huge inherent learning curve of such complex programs. What if you want to edit videos on a more basic level? I present to you: Avidemux.

07-08-2013
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux
Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?

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Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?

If you have never messed around with a Linux system, but have seen a YouTube video about it, there’s a high chance that you’ve seen someone show off their fancy desktop effects, most notably the “wobbly windows” effect. These effects are possible due to the window manager software like Compiz and KWin.

05-08-2013
Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?
How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre

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How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre

The biggest problem with an eReader like the Amazon’s Kindle is that it requires unreasonable effort to move books between different devices. Before Kindle, I fell in love with Calibre. A bit on the heavy side, but this eBook management suite is incredibly powerful and always easy to use. Whether you’re just installing Calibre for the first time, or it’s already filled with incompatible EPUB files (like mine was), below are some tips to optimise Calibre for use with your Kindle.

05-08-2013
How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre
Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit

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Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit

Any Linux user will tell you that a good text editor is a vital component of a computer system, no matter if you’re a new user or a seasoned pro. While using a Terminal text editor (like nano or vim) is equally important, you might as well make use of your graphical desktop environment whenever it’s available to you.

03-08-2013
Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit
Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

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Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

For Linux power users, it’s highly desirable to be able to completely customize your system. Sometimes, that can be best achieved from the start — by piecing together the components that you’d like to include on your system. This way, as there are usually multiple programs that achieve the same result in different manners, you can pick those applications which you’re most fond of. Most common desktop distributions don’t make this high level of customization very possible (as it’s not ideal and more difficult), but Arch Linux isn’t like most distributions.

29-07-2013
Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

Recently, I took a closer look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”, to see how good of an enterprise desktop operating system it really is. However, Red Hat isn’t the only company in the Linux enterprise desktop market — there’s also SUSE. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, or “SLED” costs $120 for a one-year subscription, and offers different technologies and software to get the job done. But just what can SLED offer, and how is it different to Red Hat’s offering?

27-07-2013
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

Not too long ago, I covered CentOS, a free operating system that is rebuilt from packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”. While CentOS may be a nice way to get enterprise-quality software on your systems without spending a dime, it may still be worth a look at the real deal. So what features does Red Hat Enterprise Linux (which costs $299 per year) include that make it worthwhile to use on enterprise desktops, and is it ultimately the best enterprise desktop solution?

25-07-2013
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies
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
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