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Linux Switching Problems – Just Ask Matt

Today James asks, Hi I am trying to make the the switch from windows to Linux I watched you and I found you and bryan via YouTube and thus decided I would try open Suse Tumbleweed as my first distro. I downloaded the .iso and burned the DVD I went to install it I can… Read more »

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Linux Backlight Brightness Keyboard Shortcuts

Today Joe H. writes, Hi there, really enjoy your site. I love using Linux and have tried various distros but still consider myself a newbie. My problem is that when I log on, no matter what OS, I have a dull screen on my laptop and have to adjust the brightness button. Ok no big… Read more »

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Software to Record Linux Tutorials

Today Dan writes: Matt I have long wavered between Linux Mint/Ubuntu/Windows. With the onslaught of privacy invasion from Windows 10. The decision has been made to run desktops from Linux Mint and keep my headless Ubuntu Servers. My question: what apps do you use to record/stream your desktop while using your camera to insert your… Read more »

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Nitrogen on the MATE Desktop

Today Kai writes: Hi there, Maybe you can help me. I’m running Linux mint mate 18 and very new user. I downloaded nitrogen to change wallpapers on dual screens. Every time I try to change wallpaper, nothing happens. the old wall paper is still there. but when i turn off my system, I see a… Read more »

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Buying Your First Dedicated Linux PC

Today Cheryl writes in, Hello Matt, I’m wondering about buying computers for Linux. I have had Macs for the last ten years, and I know folks like to bash them, but I have had zero problems running Linux with them. I’m now totally committed to Linux, and it doesn’t matter to me if it runs… Read more »

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A Proper Linux Workstation

Today Joshua writes: Can you give a walk-through of your current setup? The last I heard from LAS is that you were on Ubuntu MATE – is that still the case? Thanks! Joshua   Boy, I don’t know how exciting this is (or isn’t). So in addition to my hardware and desktop environment, I’ll also… Read more »

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Linux Mint Mate 18 or Ubuntu Mate 16.04

Today Bob writes: I am trying to decide between Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and Linux Mint Mate 18.0. I am moving from Windows 7 to Linux. My computer is a 6 year old HP DV6 Pavilion laptop with 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HD. I have watched video reviews of both and both seem to have… Read more »

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Ubuntu on Macbook Black Screen

Today Fael writes: Matt, I’m tired. I am trying to install Ubuntu 16.04 on my macbook pro early 2011 with El Capitan, but, no matter how I try to boot it from USB Pen Drive, it always stucks at the first screen getting totally black as I choose to install or test Ubuntu. No article… Read more »

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Linux With Amazon Music

Today Carey writes: Hi Matt, I’ve been a Linux convert since April 2015 and have tried several OS’s beginning with Chalet, then Peppermint, Zorin, Q4OS, Lite, Ms-15, Manjaro and now Ubuntu Mate 16.04. I even bought a laptop, dumped WIN 10 and loaded all of the above listed Os’s and now finally just Mate 16.04…. Read more »