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Jack Wallen shares his picks for Linux distros that are simple for anyone to install and use right away.

Top 3 Linux Distributions That ‘Just Work’

Twenty years ago, when I first started using Linux, finding a distribution that worked, out of the box, was an impossible feat. Not only did the installation take some serious mental acuity, configuring the software and getting connected to the Internet was often a challenge users were reluctant to...
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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple Devs Get a Compelling Reason to Turn to Linux

The biggest open source story of 2017 was unquestionably Canonical's decision to stop developing its Unity desktop and move Ubuntu to the GNOME Shell desktop. What made the story that much more entertaining was how well Canonical pulled off the transition. Ubuntu 17.10 was quite simply one of the...
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Linux distros 2018
Jack Wallen shares his picks for the best Linux distributions for 2018.

The Best Linux Distributions for 2018

It’s a new year and the landscape of possibility is limitless for Linux. Whereas 2017 brought about some big changes to a number of Linux distributions, I believe 2018 will bring serious stability and market share growth—for both the server and the desktop. For those who might be looking to migrate...
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The Resetter tool will take Ubuntu, Linux Mint (and a few other, Ubuntu-based distributions) back to stock configuration. Jack Wallen shows how.

Set Ubuntu Derivatives Back to Default with Resetter

How many times have you dived deep into Ubuntu (or a Ubuntu derivative), configuring things and installing software, only to find that your desktop (or server) platform isn’t exactly what you wanted. This situation can be problematic when you already have all of your user files on the machine. In...
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Set Up a Raspberry Pi Wireless Access Point

Set up a wireless access point with a Raspberry Pi 3, Ubuntu Core, and snaps. Router coverage gaps often have different causes, which repeaters and access points (APs) can remedy. A repeater usually connects to the router over WiFi and amplifies the signal into areas where the router alone is not...
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Ubuntu Desktops Compared

The Ubuntu desktop has evolved a lot over the years. Ubuntu started off with GNOME 2, then moved onto Unity. From there, it came home to its roots with the GNOME 3 desktop. In this article, we'll look at the Ubuntu desktops and compare them. Ubuntu official – now with GNOME 3 Ubuntu moving on from...
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2 Ways to Better Secure your Linux Home Directory

One often-forgotten area of Linux security is the home directory—otherwise known as ~/. Something to keep in mind, is that particular directory houses user data. In other words, this is the default directory where documents are stored. If this machine is used in a business environment, there could...
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Canonical on Path to IPO as Ubuntu Unity Linux Desktop Gets Ditched

In October 2010, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu open-source operating system and CEO of Canonical, announced his grand plan to build a converged Linux desktop that would work on mobile devices, desktops and even TVs. He called the effort "Unity" and poured significant financial resources...
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Linux Installation Types: Server Vs. Desktop

I have previously covered obtaining and installing Ubuntu Linux, and this time I will touch on desktop and server installations. Both types of installation address certain needs. The different installs are downloaded separately from Ubuntu. You can choose which one you need from Ubuntu.com/...
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pdd - Tool to Find Date and Time Difference in Linux Command Line

In some occasions where you want to check by how many years someone older than you, how old you are (in days, years or months), the countdown to an event or the next flash sale. There is a python-based command line application known as pdd which enables you to calculate date and time differences....
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