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BlueStar Linux
Bluestar is an easy-to-use Arch Linux-powered distribution with a new take on the KDE desktop.

Bluestar Linux: A Beautiful Take on KDE and a User-Friendly Arch-Based Distribution

Have you ever wanted a combination of Arch Linux and KDE but always seemed to get stumped at the Arch Linux portion of the combination? If that’s you, your days of being left out in the Arch Linux/KDE cold are over. Why? Bluestar Linux. This new(ish) kid on the block allows you to enjoy Arch Linux...
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Roaring Lionus
Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.9 -- aka Roaring Lionus. Here is a breakdown of some of the many changes.

Linux Kernel 4.9 Is Here, and It's the Largest Release Ever

Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.9 on Sunday and christened it "Roaring Lionus" in honour of the anonymous barista that flubbed his name on his morning cup of coffee. With regard to volume, this is probably the largest kernel release ever. There have been more than 16,000 non-merge changesets...
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holiday lights
This tutorial series shows how to create fully automated holiday music and light show. In this final part, we wrap up the project with a custom playlist and finish up the electrical connections.

Create a Fully Automated Light and Music Show for the Holidays: Part 3

This tutorial series shows how to build  a fully automated holiday music and light show using a Raspberry Pi, a Micro SD card, and a few other inexpensive parts. Previously, we covered the basics of what you need for this project and showed how to set up your Raspberry Pi. In Part 2, I showed how...
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holiday lights
This tutorial series provides comprehensive instructions for setting up holiday lights and music. In this part, we focus on the components and connections for the light show.

Create a Fully Automated Light and Music Show for the Holidays: Part 2

This tutorial shows how to build  a fully automated holiday music and light show using a Raspberry Pi, a Micro SD card, and a few other inexpensive parts. Previously, we covered the basics of what you need for this project and showed how to set up your Raspberry Pi. Here, we’ll focus on the...
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Best Open Source Control Panels for Linux Servers

If you own a Linux server and you don't want to do everything via the command line, you can use a control panel. We published a list of the best free and open source control panels that you can use on your Linux server. There's a comparison table, demos/screenshots, and all major features listed...
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Open Schoolhouse
Penn Manor schools saved over a million dollars by trading proprietary software for open source counterparts with its student laptop program. Now they're running their own student help desk.

High School's Help Desk Teaches Open Source IT Skills

The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter six of The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students, a new book written by Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the book,...
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Raspberry Pi media
This tutorial shows how to build an inexpensive Plex Media Player using Raspberry Pi 3 and RasPlex.

Turn Raspberry Pi 3 Into a Powerful Media Player With RasPlex

I have hundreds of movies, TV shows and music that I have bought over the years. They all reside on my Plex Media Server. Just like books, I tend to buy these works and watch them once in awhile, instead of relying on "streaming" services like Netflix where content isn’t always available forever....
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Plex media server
Learn how to create your own Netflix- and Pandora-like setup using the free Plex Media Server software in this tutorial.

Build Your Own Netflix and Pandora With Raspberry Pi 3

Do you have a huge collection of movies, TV shows, and music that you purchased over the years but it’s collecting digital dust on your hard drives? How about creating your very own Netflix- and Pandora-like setup using the free Plex Media Server software? No, you don’t have to buy an expensive,...
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System76 Oryx Pro Review: Linux in a Laptop Has Never Been Better

Laptops preloaded with Linux aren't as rare as they used to be. In fact, big name hardware companies like Dell have whole lines of laptops that ship with Ubuntu installed, and if you want to stretch things a bit you could argue that a Chromebook is a kind of Linux machine (though it takes a bit of...
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OwnTracks data
The OwnTracks system allows you to track the location of Android or IOS phones, and it places a huge focus on data ownership. In this article, we look at some clients that can be used with the collected data.

OwnTracks Part 2: Using Your Location Data

The OwnTracks system allows you to track the location of Android or IOS phones, and it places a huge focus on data ownership. You get to decide where your location data is sent and what is done with it. In the previous article of the series, we looked at how to install OwnTracks on a phone and set...
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