News Category: Desktop

Linux Doubles Its Market Share Since 2015, Windows And Mac Adoption Slows Down

We’ve been hearing the phrase “year of the Linux desktop” from times immemorial. The FOSS and Linux community tosses up this idea at the beginning of a new year and expects the Linux adoption to rise exponentially in the upcoming months. While a complete Linux dominance in the desktop scene looks...
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Tips for Customizing Your New Linux Installation

I recently installed the latest release of Fedora 26 from scratch on a brand new laptop. If you've been using Linux for a while, you may opt to do upgrades instead of fresh installs to keep your preferences and configurations intact. After all, who wants to go searching for customizations every...
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Review: System76’s Galago Pro Solves 'Just Works' Linux’s Goldilocks Problem

Still, finding the perfect Linux laptop has always been and remains something of a Goldilocks problem: this one is too big, this one is too underpowered, this one has too little RAM, this one lacks a big SSD, and so on. Generally speaking, if you want power and storage you're going to end up with...
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How Materials Science Will Determine the Future of Human Civilization

One of the extraordinary features of the microelectronics revolution is its ability to scale, a featured captured by Moore’s Law. That has led to a rapid and massive increase in computing capacity—today’s top-of-the-range smartphones have the computing power equivalent to the world’s most powerful...
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Top 4 Reasons I Use dwm for my Linux Window Manager

I like minimalistic views. If I could run everything in a terminal I would. It's free from shiny stuff that hogs my resources and distracts my feeble mind. I also grow tired of resizing and moving windows, never getting them to align perfectly. On my quest for minimalism, I grew fond of Xfce and...
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Dumping Windows and Installing Linux Mint, in Just 10 Minutes

One of my older netbook computers, an Acer Aspire V5, is still being used by my partner. It still runs Windows 7, but it has been acting up very badly recently, and I finally decided that rather than spend a few hours trying to get it to limp along a while longer again, I would just trash...
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How to Get the Next Generation Coding Early

You've probably heard the claim that coding, or computer programming, is as crucial a skill in the 21st century as reading and math were in the previous century. I'll go one step further: Teaching a young person to code could be the single most life-changing skill you can give them. And it's not...
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​The Ultimate Linux Workstation: The Dell 5720 AIO

Want a cheap Linux desktop? Look elsewhere. But, if you want a kick-rump-and-take-names desktop for serious graphics or development work, you want the Dell 5720 AIO workstation. This take-no-prisoners workstation starts at $1,699, but the model I looked at costs over $3,200. It's worth it. This...
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Balancing Competing Interests in Software Projects

The typical software shop is both overcommitted and poorly coordinated. These conditions form a vicious cycle: a lack of effective communication leads to inefficient work, which in turn leads to a permanent state of being too busy to communicate with one another. The traditional remedy to this...
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A History of Open Source GIS, from Humble Beginnings to World-Changing Applications

The advent of digital mapping and geospatial information systems (GIS) has completely changed the way humans think about and interact with the world around them. The concept of overlapping discrete layers of location information for decision-making was first introduced by Ian McHarg, a landscape...
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