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Best VPNs for Linux

Linux-based operating systems are still a very small part of the desktop market, but that hasn't stopped VPN services from providing client applications. The best we’ve found are from ExpressVPN, NordVPNand VPN Unlimited. Eight of the VPN services we've reviewed have either command-line-interface (...
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screen recorders
Jack Wallen highlights his five favorite screen recorders for the Linux desktop, so you can easily find one to suit your video needs.

5 Screen Recorders for the Linux Desktop

There are so many reasons why you might need to record your Linux desktop. The two most important are for training and for support. If you are training users, a video recording of the desktop can go a long way to help them understand what you are trying to impart. Conversely, if you’re having...
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Linux Desktop Environments: Pantheon, Trinity, LXDE

Our article “Best Linux Desktop Environments: Strong and Stable” surveyed 9 strong and stable Linux desktop environments (DEs). Due to popular demand, this article extends that survey with 3 other desktops: Pantheon, Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), and LXDE. We examine their features, user...
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Bash
Get to know your shell environmental variables in this tutorial for beginners.

Bash Variables: Environmental and Otherwise

Bash variables, including those pesky environment variables, have popped up several times in previous articles, and it’s high time you get to know them better and how they can help you. So, open your terminal window and let's get started. Environment Variables Consider HOME. Apart from the cozy...
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Linux For Beginners: Understanding The Many Versions Of Ubuntu

But did you know there are seven different "flavors" of Ubuntu?*  I'll briefly explain the kind of user each Ubuntu version is designed for, what differentiates them and what you can expect from each distribution's desktop environment (basically its look and feel). It's not an exhaustive deep dive...
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Linux Fu: Controlling the Terminal

The most fundamental question you have to ask is what kind of terminal are you talking to. The answer is in the $TERM environment variable and if you ask your shell to print that variable, you’ll see what it thinks you are using: echo $TERM. For example, a common type is vt100 or linux console....
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SSH
Check out these three SSH GUI options for Linux.

Three SSH GUI Tools for Linux

At some point in your career as a Linux administrator, you’re going to use Secure Shell (SSH) to remote into a Linux server or desktop. Chances are, you already have. In some instances, you’ll be SSH’ing into multiple Linux servers at once. In fact, Secure Shell might well be one of the most-used...
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Dell XPS 13: The Best Linux Laptop of 2018

There's this persistent fake news story that you can't buy a computer with Linux pre-installed on it. It's nonsense. Dell has been selling Ubuntu-Linux powered computers since 2007. What's also true is that, Dell, like Linux-specific desktop companies such as System76, sells high-end systems like...
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Schedule One-Time Commands with the Unix at Tool

Cron is nice and all, but don't forget about its cousin at. ...even though I've been using Linux for 20 years, I still learn about new (to me) command-line tools all the time. In this "Back to Basics" article series, I plan to cover some of the command-line tools that those new to Linux may never...
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browser security
These simple steps can go a long way toward improving your online security.

5 Easy Tips for Linux Web Browser Security

If you use your Linux desktop and never open a web browser, you are a special kind of user. For most of us, however, a web browser has become one of the most-used digital tools on the planet. We work, we play, we get news, we interact, we bank… the number of things we do via a web browser far...
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