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5 Reasons You Should Switch From Windows To Linux Right Now

When I published the highlights of my journey switching from Windows to Linux on my everyday laptop, I was floored at the engagement it received across all corners of the web. I also voiced an admittedly wrong assumption within the article itself that it wouldn't attract many eyeballs, and yet it...
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Converting and Manipulating Image Files on the Linux Command Line

Most of us probably know how wonderful a tool Gimp is for editing images, but have you ever thought about manipulating image files on the command line? If not, let me introduce you to the convert command. It easily coverts files from one image format to another and allows you to perform many other...
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How to Easily Purge Unwanted Repositories in Linux

After a year of so of working with Ubuntu Linux (or derivative such as Elementary OS), I almost always find myself with a number of repositories from software I may have installed and removed or never really needed in the first place. That means /etc/apt/sources.d can get pretty crowded and the apt...
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Linux Apps on Chrome OS Coming to 18 More Chromebooks

Eighteen more Chromebooks are getting support for Linux apps on Chrome OS, with laptops based in Intel’s Apollo Lake architecture now able to run the applications, via XDA Developers. That list includes computers from Lenovo (Thinkpad 11e Chromebook), Acer (Chromebook Spin 11 and Chromebook 15),...
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8 Reasons to Use the Xfce Linux Desktop Environment

I realized in looking back over my series of articles on Linux desktops that I had neglected Xfce. This article is intended to rectify that oversight. I like Xfce a lot and am enjoying the speed and lightness of it more than I thought I would. Eight reasons for recommending Xfce 1. Lightweight...
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Linux Fu: The Great Power of make

Over the years, Linux (well, the operating system that is commonly known as Linux which is the Linux kernel and the GNU tools) has become much more complicated than its Unix roots. That’s inevitable, of course. However, it means old-timers get to slowly grow into new features while new people have...
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Google Releases Open Source 'GIF for CLI' Terminal Tool on GitHub

It's GIF's 31st anniversary -- exciting, right? Those animated images have truly changed the world. All kidding aside, it is pretty amazing that the file format came to be way back in 1987! To celebrate tomorrow's milestone, Google releases a new open source tool today. Called "GIF for CLI," it can...
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Leap Motion Open Sources the Project North Star AR Headset's Schematics

Leap Motion has long been a proponent of immersive technology. When VR hardware began to emerge in the consumer market, Leap Motion quickly adapted its technology for VR input. Now it has turned its sights to the budding AR market, but instead of offering to license its tracking technology to...
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Samsung’s Chromebook Plus Now Supports Linux Apps

Google began bringing Linux app support to Chrome OS almost exactly one month ago, but it only started with a single device, the very expensive Pixelbook. Now, that’s changing: Linux support is becoming available for Samsung’s Chromebook Plus as well, as spotted by users on Reddit. This still isn’t...
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Chromebooks can run apps from Android, Linux, and Windows concurrently in the same session.

​The Killer Chromebook: Google's i7 Pixelbook

Want the best of all Chromebooks? Then get Google's Pixelbook. Now, I've liked Chromebooks since the experimental Cr-48rolled out in late 2010. And, when Google released its first high-end Chromebook, 2013's Pixel, I was sold. I slowly but surely put away my Linux-powered Lenovo ThinkPads and...
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