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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.

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
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

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Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

One of the most popular video streaming services is undoubtedly Netflix, because of its vast collection of movies and other video content which can be instantly streamed. Most people can enjoy it whenever they sign up for the monthly subscription. However, there’s the problem — most people can enjoy it. One of the few groups of people which are left out are Linux users. What’s the problem, and how can it be solved?

24-09-2012
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

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Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

Everyone likes a good media player, no matter what system they’re using. While I still highly recommend VLC media player as one of the best for any system because of its wide range of playable formats and open source nature, it certainly isn’t the only media player worthy of your time. In fact, most of the popular Linux distributions come with a very worthy media player which can play a decent amount of formats and is rather simple to use.

20-09-2012
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]
Your Guide To Downloading Pages From Wikipedia

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Your Guide To Downloading Pages From Wikipedia

Today, when it appears on top of nearly every Google result, we take it from granted. We occasionally try to bring it down a notch or three over the veracity of the facts stated there. But its presence and use in the pantheon of great bookmarked sites is assured. But this article is not about singing hosannas to the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia. It is a guide to how you can take Wikipedia offline by downloading pages.

19-09-2012
Your Guide To Downloading Pages From Wikipedia
Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]

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Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]

When you think about it, our Linux desktop environments are pretty smart. Whereas Windows just creates a new folder for a newly installed program in the Start Menu, the Linux desktop environment automatically organize all installed applications into different categories. While this system can work very well, there are some packages that place shortcuts into categories which you deem to be incorrect. You may need to go into the menus and add/edit/remove items, but it can all be achieved using an application called Alacarte.

17-09-2012
Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]
Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]

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Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]

Music is a way of life for a lot of people, and their music collections often reflect that to a massive degree. We all enjoy our music, and should be able to keep tabs with what music we have. This requires a good program that can easily organize our music so that perfect song is only a short distance away. Whatever your needs may be, it’d be ideal to take care of it all using just one program.

13-09-2012
Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]
Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line

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Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line

Virtually everyone, especially in first world countries, is on Facebook. Friends, events, pictures, and plenty more are all commonly found on Facebook unlike any other location. However, an ultimate geek may not want to use Facebook like everyone else — namely via their website. Instead, the most geeky way to access the social network is to use the command line.

10-09-2012
Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line
Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

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Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

Taking pictures is always a great way to keep memories, wherever you are. They’re also a fantastic way to spend some time and bond with friends and family. However, taking ordinary pictures with a camera or webcam can get pretty boring after a while. Mac OS X’s photo booth program can get pretty interesting with all of the possible effects that you can select, but what about Linux? Thankfully there’s a fairly popular application which gets the job done.

06-09-2012
Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]
3 Top Cross-Platform DJ Apps to Get Your Party Started

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3 Top Cross-Platform DJ Apps to Get Your Party Started

I’ve got a thing for vinyl, especially white labels. If it’s dusty, dubiously labelled and going for a couple of dollars then I absolutely have to buy it. Digital DJing takes some of the fun out of the pastimes associated with DJing, but then again it also adds another layer of accessibility that manual turntablism doesn’t have. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best solutions around, with some impressive free options and slightly more advanced paid solutions too.

30-08-2012
3 Top Cross-Platform DJ Apps to Get Your Party Started
Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems

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Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems

It’s not hard to set up home networking, including file sharing, in Windows and OS X Lion includes a quick file-sharing feature between Macs. If you want to quickly share a file between computers running two different operating systems, however, things can get complicated quickly. Not with Nitroshare. This program gives you a box you can drag any file or collection of files to. Pick a receiving computer and you’re basically done: a speedy transfer will begin

29-08-2012
Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems
Aeon Nox 3.5: Beautiful And Customizable Theme For XBMC

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Aeon Nox 3.5: Beautiful And Customizable Theme For XBMC

Set up your media center exactly the way you want it. Aeon Nox 3.5 is the most recent version of what is perhaps the best theme for XBMC, and it is a rare combination: beautiful and customizable. Impressed? Keep reading and I’ll show you how this all works – and where you can find it.

18-08-2012
Aeon Nox 3.5: Beautiful And Customizable Theme For XBMC
XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]

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XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]

Writing for MakeUseOf means that, as an author, I get through a lot of coffee, a lot of software and a lot of screenshots. Regardless of the operating system I’m using, if I’m reviewing software, rounding up websites or showing off tips and tricks then I’m going to be including screenshots to better illustrate the product or process. I learned pretty quickly that through the wonders of batch conversion that you can save yourself precious time when it comes to image processing.

16-08-2012
XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]
Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]

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Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]

Set up regular reminders to do things on Ubuntu, or set up an alarm for later today. Whether you want to remember to let your cat out of the swimming pool today around 3 or pick up the dog from his job every weekday at 6, the oddly-spelled Indicator Remindor (yep, with an “o”) can help you out by playing a sound, displaying a notification or even running any command.

09-08-2012
Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

Windows Linux

5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

In this article, I’m going to share five really cool features I found in Google Earth. These features are perfect if you’re looking to build a new house or trying to find a place to live, going on an adventure somewhere and need to plot out accurate distances, want to send your friends impressive views of your area from a bird’s eye view, or if you’re a history or an astronomy buff.

08-08-2012
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

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Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

Under Windows, you can compress your data with the file system itself (which can be recognized by the blue file name), but under Linux, ext4 – the default file system for almost all distributions – is not capable of file compression. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other ways you can compress your files under Linux – quickly and easily.

06-08-2012
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression
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.

04-08-2012
Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes

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4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes

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.

30-07-2012
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes
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.

29-07-2012
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.

28-07-2012
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]