News Category: Desktop

Running Linux on a Chromebook

Although Chrome OS is competent at handling web-based workloads, by design it's light on features compared to a full desktop operating system, which is presumably where many of its users are coming from. Fortunately, if you're on Google’s operating system and wish it was a little more flexible, it'...
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Canonical on Path to IPO as Ubuntu Unity Linux Desktop Gets Ditched

In October 2010, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu open-source operating system and CEO of Canonical, announced his grand plan to build a converged Linux desktop that would work on mobile devices, desktops and even TVs. He called the effort "Unity" and poured significant financial resources...
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How to Get Started with the Linux Operating System

What operating system do you use? For some, that question may as well be posed in Latin or Sanskrit. For others, it’s an invitation to have a heated debate about the benefits of GUI vs. command line, modern day UI vs. old school metaphor, the pros/cons of Windows 10, LAMP vs. IIS … the list goes on...
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Why and How You Should Switch to Linux

When you start comparing computers, you probably pit Windows against macOS—but Linux rarely gets a mention. Still, this lesser-known operating system has a strong and loyal following. That's because it offers a number of advantages over its competitors. Whether you're completely new to Linux or...
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Image Processing on Linux

I've covered several scientific packages in this space that generate nice graphical representations of your data and work, but I've not gone in the other direction much. So in this article, I cover a popular image processing package called ImageJ. Specifically, I am looking at Fiji, an instance of...
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Examining Network Connections on Linux Systems

There are a lot of commands available on Linux for looking at network settings and connections. In today's post, we're going to run through some very handy commands and see how they work. ifquery command One very useful command is the ifquery command. This command should give you a quick list of...
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Installing Linux on your PC Is Super Easy - Here's How to Do It

The Manjaro Linux developers announced the release of version 17.0.5 last week. My objective today is to use this release to show that Linux can be installed from scratch, configured and used for everyday work without using command line (text console) access, and without having to download, compile...
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Seven Things about Linux You May Not Have Known

One of the coolest parts about using Linux is the knowledge you gain over time. Each day, you’re likely to come across a new utility or maybe just an unfamiliar flag that does something helpful. These bits and pieces aren’t always life-changing, but they are the building blocks for expertise. Even...
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Hands On: Keeping a Very Old Laptop Useful with Linux

My Lenovo T400 was already old when I bought it as a refurb four years ago. It's still ticking along nicely with a variety of Linux distributions. Here are the details.. About four years ago (Nov 2013) I bought a used, refurbished Lenovo T400laptop computer and docking station. It was already about...
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3 Android Apps to Help You Learn Linux

Everyone learns in different ways. For some the best means is by doing, while for others it's all about reading. No matter your preference, there's an app for that. Even for learning the Linux operating system. That's right, Linux. If you're a systems administrator, an understanding of Linux has...
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