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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 Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

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How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

Whenever you’re happily setting up your new Ubuntu system, one of the things you’ll probably think about the least is getting the correct fonts installed. If you’re a bit confused about why I mentioned fonts, it’s because most distributions (or at least those who’d like to remain legal) only use free, or “libre”, fonts. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using these fonts, there will most likely be multiple cases where you’ll be required to have certain fonts.

17-11-2012
How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]
Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

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Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

How else can I say this? Actually, there is no other way more straightforward than this: you need to backup now. The risks involved with not doing so are simply not worth it. There’s no really no reason to not be backing up your computer. That said, you likely feel you do have a legitimate reason. And in some cases you might, but there is always a way.

17-11-2012
Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already
Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know

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Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know

These days, Ubuntu and other modern Linux distributions usually install without a hitch (and without requiring any knowledge), but as you move forward using them, you will inevitably come across all sorts of terminology that isn’t always clearly explained. That’s why I’ve prepared a quick list of the most important terms you should know about Linux, each explained in the simplest possible way.

15-11-2012
Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know
What Is The Easiest Version Of Linux To Learn?

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What Is The Easiest Version Of Linux To Learn?

With each day that passes, more and more people are giving Linux a try. It’s free and it can hold its ground against both Windows and Mac, so why not? And maybe you want to give it a try, too–but you keep hearing about how difficult Linux is, how it’s a “geek-only” operating system, etc. Thankfully, there are certain versions of Linux that will help ease you into the process. But before you decide to switch to Linux, you should think about why you want to switch.

13-11-2012
What Is The Easiest Version Of Linux To Learn?
Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know

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Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know

Updating your Ubuntu operating system and its installed applications is a fairly simple process, but it works very differently from Windows. All the software you install from the Ubuntu Software Center comes from Ubuntu’s software repositories, so you can get updates in one place – think of it like an app store for your computer. When a new version of Ubuntu is released, you’ll be able to upgrade right from within Ubuntu.

07-11-2012
Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know
Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients

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Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients

If I was asked to name my favorite Mac OS X application, CloudApp—or Cloud, for short—would definitely make the shortlist. It’s a nifty menubar utility that makes it incredibly easy to upload and share small files. CloudApp developer team has also published an API for their service, meaning other developers can create third-party CloudApp clients. Below, we’ll be looking at five different CloudApp clients to use the service on most popular operating systems, desktop and mobile.

05-11-2012
Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

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Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

If the title made you think of Evernote, I don’t blame you. It’s a great tool which is capable of a lot, plus it syncs with whatever devices it can run on. However, Evernote is still a proprietary tool, and some Linux users may not wish to use it simply because of this reason. It’s also possible that they don’t want all of their notes stored on a different server, where they don’t own their data.

03-11-2012
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]
How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux

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How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux

The days when working with digital cameras and other common consumer hardware on Linux was a chore that involved fiddling with terminal commands are over. Using a digital camera with modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu is an extremely simple process. In fact, the built-in software on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions is better than Windows for this, as it allows you to easily do basic photo-editing and upload your photos to web services.

31-10-2012
How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux
How To Clone Your Hard Drive

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How To Clone Your Hard Drive

Copy the entirety of one hard drive to another. It’s called cloning, and it’s an important process if you want to replace or upgrade the primary hard drive in your computer. Cloning isn’t the same as backing up. When a drive is cloned you have a perfect copy of everything that was on it – the operating system, the software and all of the files included. When you clone a drive you recreate its entire environment, partitions and all.

31-10-2012
How To Clone Your Hard Drive
An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know

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An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know

Linux is the oft-ignored third wheel to Windows and Mac. Yes, over the past decade, the open source operating system has gained a lot of traction, but it’s still a far cry from being considered popular. Yet though that may be true, Linux still earns new converts every day. Will you join them? The learning curve of Linux is what deters most users from even trying it in the first place.

26-10-2012
An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know
Reditr: A Desktop Client for Reddit With Embedded Content

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Reditr: A Desktop Client for Reddit With Embedded Content

Do you love Reddit, but find the user interface infuriating? Try a new way to get at the best content on the web. Reditr shows you the latest posts from your favorite subreddits in easy-to-skim columns. Even better, it embeds content so you don’t need to be a tab ninja just to see what’s going on. Reddit is the most efficient way to waste your time online, but what if you could make your time wasting even more efficient?

17-10-2012
Reditr: A Desktop Client for Reddit With Embedded Content
Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

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Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

Electronic media is no doubt more prevalent today than it ever has been. The Internet is at the core of it all, and because of it we have eBooks, web articles, and news from electronic magazines and newspapers. With all of this content that we are taking in, how can we manage it all? Sadly, most of us don’t. We forget that one article that we wanted to read or lose the eBook we downloaded to our computer.

16-10-2012
Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available
7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images

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7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images

Some of the most common edits your images will have to go through are simple things such as resize, rename, format conversion, basic color fixes, etc. While you can’t be expected to sit through an album of 300 photos, manually resizing and renaming each one, many of the common image viewers don’t let you do these things by batch. Don’t waste your time, though, just download one of the free tools below, and start batch-editing!

15-10-2012
7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images
Everpad: The Best Evernote Client For Ubuntu [Linux]

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Everpad: The Best Evernote Client For Ubuntu [Linux]

Get quick access to Evernote in Ubuntu. Whether you want to quickly pull up your latest note from the system tray, search every note in your archive from the dash or browse your notes from a lightweight, simple interface, Everpad is the closest thing to an official Evernote client for Ubuntu we’re likely to see. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing – Everpad is fantastic and fits in perfectly with the Ubuntu desktop.

13-10-2012
Everpad: The Best Evernote Client For Ubuntu [Linux]
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

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Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

We have a lot of media that we need to keep track of before we forget that we even have them. We’re also on a constant need for new, fresh media. Ideally, it’d be great to have an application which could do all of this for us, and become our “all-in-one media application”. For a large number of people, iTunes fulfills this role fairly well, but some people may not enjoy iTunes for a number of reasons, including its very closed nature.

11-10-2012
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

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Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

Some people just want to use something that looks really pretty. On the other hand, there are some geeks who want to trick out their systems with the same effects to make a truly interesting user experience. There’s a handful of programs for Linux which can manage and execute these desktop effects. One of the most popular choices is called Compiz Fusion.

06-10-2012
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

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gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

When you think of plain text editors, the first thing that may pop into your head is Windows’ Notepad application. It does exactly what its job description states – plain features for a plain text editor. But this is a common misconception about what plain text editors should be about. Those who need more out of them deserve something better and that “something better” is called gedit.

04-10-2012
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]
Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD

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Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD

Take control of your hard drives. Whether you want to edit your partitions, clone an entire drive, check SMART data or otherwise manage the way your computer’s data is organized, Parted Magic is the tool you’ve been looking for. It’s a live CD with lots of tools baked in. Whether you’re an IT professional constantly in need of ways to manage machines or just some guy looking for a simple way to re-partition a hard drive, Parted Magic is simple to use and heavy on features.

03-10-2012
Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

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OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

Sadly enough, the famous MP3 format for music is a proprietary product, and all devices which can play them have (or at least should have) a license to legally play them. In order to make a statement that you don’t support something proprietary, or to make sure that you are being 100% legal with your playback of music, it’s best if you convert your MP3 and similarly proprietary music files into a free format.

01-10-2012
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

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How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

A good number of users highly value the services provided by Google, including emails, calendars, tasks, documents, and so much more. But Linux users also love their desktop applications, and how they often integrate very nicely with the desktop. So what can people do who use Linux but love Google’s products? Thankfully, there are a good number of Linux applications which can connect very well to both Google’s products as well as your Linux desktop.

29-09-2012
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer