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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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18 Open Source Translation Tools to Localize Your Project

Localization plays a central role in the ability to customize an open source project to suit the needs of users around the world. Besides coding, language translation is one of the main ways people around the world contribute to and engage with open source projects. There are tools specific to the...
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Making the Internet Archive’s Full Text Search Faster

The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library based in San Francisco. It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, books, documents, papers, newspapers, music, video and software. This article describes how we made the full-text organic search ...
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Debian Linux Reveals Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake Processors Have Broken Hyper-Threading

Do you have an Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processor under your computer's hood? Have you experienced unexplained application and system hiccups, data corruption, or data loss? It could be because your chipset has hyper-threading enabled and the chips are malfunctioning. Henrique de Moraes Holschuh...
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How to Install Linux on a Chromebook (And Why You Should)

Chromebooks are one of the most secure devices you can give a non-technical end user, and at a price point few can argue with, but that security comes with a privacy trade off: you have to trust Google, which is part of the NSA's Prism programme, with your data in the cloud. Even those who put...
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