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PulseAudio is a Toilet Full of Roses

Before I even begin, allow me to save you some time. If you’re convinced that PulseAudio is going to ruin your Linux experience, then you can try the tips in this article to disable it in Ubuntu. Should you try to remove it, good luck. Yes, it’s “possible“, but it’s not something I recommend. For… Read more »

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A Quick Comparison of Ubuntu MATE vs Linux Mint MATE

Today John writes: I’m really liking the new Ubuntu-MATE 16.04 and strongly considering switching over to it after the official LTS comes out. I’m currently using LinuxMint-MATE and really liked it, but the look of Ubuntu-MATE takes me back to my early Ubuntu days. How do I explain to those in my Linux SIG why… Read more »

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Sound Effects For Your Linux Application Launchers

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome to add really annoying sound to my Linux application launchers?” Yeah, this happened to me the other day. But rather than keep this to myself, I decided to show you how to do the add fun sound effects to application launches and even demonstrate… Read more »

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What’s The Difference Between GNOME, Unity And MATE?

Today Skip writes… I’ve been using Ubuntu (with a NVIDIA card of some sort) for ten years now, but I’ve NEVER understood the difference between Gnome (I thought I liked that), Unity, and MATE(THREE thumbs UP!). Is there a simple explanation?   Boy Skip, this is a tall order. I’ll do my best though. MATE… Read more »

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Dude! Where’s My Data!

Little in life sucks more than moving to a new desktop environment or distro, only to realize your data for specific applications didn’t make it. This usually happens with stuff like desktop-specific note taking apps or clipboard managers. In today’s quick tip, I’ll show you some common places where you can recover this data or… Read more »

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There Is No Chrome For Pi

Today, Victor asks… Hi Matt, I have the Raspian OS installed on a Raspberry pi 2 and been trying to install the Google Chrome browser on it. I been trying apt-get, dpkg, but I get an error message, I understand that the OS is an embedded OS but what command should I use? Sadly Victor,… Read more »

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So Your Router Is Skynet – A Layman’s Guide

By now, most of you are aware that TP-Link has decided to ban (custom) open-source firmware for their devices. So what was TP-Link thinking when they turned their backs on flashing routers with custom firmware? Some might suggest it’s the ambiguity in the new FCC rules that put a now much disliked router vendor over… Read more »

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Poor man’s Guide to Remote Linux Desktop Support

Before anyone poo-poos this, read the ENTIRE article first. 😉 Today’s article is the third in a series I call the “Getting work done” article series. One of the most common things we face as Linux enthusiasts is the “vacuum of despair” that comes about from switching family to Linux without fully thinking through backups… Read more »

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Weirdest Ubuntu MATE Review EVER!

In a recent video, I gave my viewers a fun walk-through sharing what makes Ubuntu MATE awesome and why I think it’s the perfect distro for newcomers. To that end, here are some of the important highlights of the video included in this article. (Click the image to play the video) Updates – Historically, updating… Read more »

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Skype’s Dead – All Hail WebRTC

Today’s article is the second in a series I call the “Getting work done” article series. Updates Added – see the bottom of the article: It seems like only yesterday that Skype came onto the scene. Suddenly, the idea of making calls over the Internet felt completely doable. Before this, the alternatives were pretty limited…. Read more »