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Seven Useful Resources for Linux Beginners

If you're new or relatively new to Linux, you may be looking around for good Linux resources and perhaps some tutorials. Whether you're new to Linux or looking to become a more advanced user, there are a lot of free online books and tutorials that can give you guidance. In this post, you'll find our updated collection of many good Linux reference guides online--all available at no cost.   Total Linux beginners can easily dive into The Linux Starter Pack.  It's a guide that caters to newbies and provides numerous useful resources.   We've covered Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference before here, and you can download it for free here. The online book is mostly identical to the fee-based print version, and the author, Keir Thomas, has written a number of books on Linux. There are seven chapters in the reference guide, with many screenshots, and information on how to move...

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GitHub Reaches Out to Windows Developers

As of this week, GitHub is reaching out to Windows developers with the announcement of GitHub for Windows, a graphical client that will allow both developers and designers to seamlessly us the Git revision control system. The client is available as a free download now, and here are more details. The Git revision control system has soared in popularity in recent years, and developers have traditionally used it via command line or through a Mac-based graphical client that has...

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Amazon Appstore For Android Now Lets Users Test Drive Apps Right On Their Devices

Unless an app you have your eye happens to have a free demo version to muck about with, there’s little one can do to try out an Android app on a device in advance. Sure, you could buy the app straight from the Google Play Store and get a refund within 15 minutes if you’re not satisfied, but Amazon has a new solution in place that helps take the friction out of that testing process. The latest update for the Amazon Appstore Android app packs a welcome surprise — instead of being stuck Test Driving your apps on your PC, you’ll now be able to do it from...

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Apache Hive Query Patterns: Generalized HiveQL Queries for Common Operations

Use these four Apache Hive query patterns to improve the process of developing Hive-based applications, enhance code reusability, and reduce HiveQL errors.

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Open Source Machines: New Ideas Are Arriving

Bring up the term open source to many people, and they'll immediately think of community-driven software projects, but we've covered many open source hardware concepts here on OStatic over the years. And, last year, the official Open Source Hardware (OSHW) definition arrived in version 1.1. Recently, TED fellow Marcin Jakubowski delivered an address in which he discussed the open source blueprints for 50 farm machines, ranging from tractors to harvesters. You can get his thoughts in a video, but these farm-focused ideas are only a small part of the open source hardware scene. As NPR notes: "Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski's work enables anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. The effort is part of an overall project to write an instruction...

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