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Weekend Project: Tackle Color Management on Linux

Do you see what I see? Maybe, if you have taken the time to tackle color management on your machine. The major desktop environments for Linux give 90 percent of users all the tools they need to see all of their images in device-independent accuracy. You don't even need to buy special hardware. This weekend, pull up a monitor and see what all the technicolor fuss is about.

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Five Best Alternative Window Managers for Linux

GNOME and KDE are the most popular desktop environments for Linux by a mile, but they're not the only games in town. If you're ready to shake things up on the desktop, we've got five of the best alternatives for you to choose from.

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Reclaim Deleted Files and Repair Filesystems on Linux

Linux is as solid an operating system as you'll ever use — but that doesn't mean that the hardware you're running it on is equally solid. Hard drives are as prone to errors as are file systems. And no matter how stable an OS is, it can't prevent you from accidentally deleting files and/or folders. But don't despair: Linux is equipped with a number of tools that can help you repair filesystem errors and reclaim deleted files.

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Will it Blend? A Look at Blender's New User Interface

The 3D powerhouse Blender is arguably the most complicated piece of desktop software in the open source world. It handles every part of the workflow used to create a CGI film or a 3D game: creating objects, rigging them to move, animating them, controlling lighting, rendering scenes, and even editing the resulting video. Each release packs in more new features than most people can understand without consulting a textbook (or two). One of the down sides, though, is that over the years Blender has developed the reputation of being difficult to learn. Fortunately, the latest release takes on that challenge head-first, and makes some major improvements.

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Weekend Project: Getting Organized with Emacs Org-Mode

Fancy planners and complicated systems may be more trouble than they're worth when trying to get organized. But Linux users have a secret weapon for getting organized that's as simple as writing a text file: Org-Mode for GNU Emacs. It has the simplicity of Taskpaper, but can expand to do much more. Why not spend some time this weekend learning your way around Org-Mode, and be fully prepared for work on Monday?

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