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Linux Commands for Measuring Disk Activity

Linux systems provide a handy suite of commands for helping you see how busy your disks are, not just how full. In this post, we examine five very useful commands for looking into disk activity. Two of the commands (iostat and ioping) may have to be added to your system, and these same two commands...
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Entroware Launches Ubuntu Linux All-In-One PC With 6-Core Intel CPU

Entroware, a UK-based PC manufacturer specializing in custom Linux systems, just rolled out their new Ares PC. It's a stylish-looking AIO that ships with Ubuntu or Ubuntu MATE and should be a great fit for classrooms, home office and business use. I have a review system on the way, but until it...
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Jack Wallen revisits the age-old question and offers seven suggestions that could help Linux gain traction on the desktop.

7 Things Desktop Linux Needs in 2019

The new year is upon us, which means yet another year has gone by in which Linux has not found itself dominating the desktop. Linux does many things very well, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at the some of the very best distributions to suit your various needs, but for now, let’s take a...
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8 Tips to Help Non-Techies Move to Linux

While bringing them to the Linux side of the computing world, I learned a few things about helping non-techies move to Linux. If someone asks you to help them make the jump to Linux, these eight tips can help you. 1. Be honest about Linux. Linux is great. It's not perfect, though. It can be...
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A Tour of elementary OS, Perhaps the Linux World’s Best Hope for the Mainstream

elementary OS began life over a decade ago as a set of icons. (Yes, seriously.) If ever there was a group of developers who started at the bottom and worked their way up to the top, it's Daniel Foré and the rest of today's elementary OS team. From a set of icons designed to improve the look of...
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Thelio
Jack Wallen got a tour of the new System76 headquarters to check out the new Thelio desktop, which is designed to optimize air flow through the chassis.

Meet the New Linux Desktop Champion: System76 Thelio

The American dream has driven millions upon millions of people to come to a country filled with possibility and opportunity. Sometimes, you get caught up in the gears of enterprise and learn that the machinations of big business tend to run counter to that dream. But, sometimes, you start a company...
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Jack looks at four different terminal emulators -- that not only get the job done but also add a little fun.

4 Unique Terminal Emulators for Linux

Let’s face it, if you’re a Linux administrator, you’re going to work with the command line. To do that, you’ll be using a terminal emulator. Most likely, your distribution of choice came pre-installed with a default terminal emulator that gets the job done. But this is Linux, so you have a wealth...
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Learn how to create aliases -- commands you build yourself by packing them with other instructions that are too long or too hard to remember.

Aliases: DIY Shell Commands

Aliases, in the context of the Linux shell, are commands you build yourself by packing them with combinations of other instructions that are too long or too hard to remember. You create an alias by using the word alias, then the name of the command you want to create, an equal sign (=), and then...
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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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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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