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What is Linux – A Beginners Guide

I have been using open source software for over ten years now. I have been using Linux for about the same time, too. A lot has changed in ten years but my love for idea of open source hasn’t changed. It has always been my goal to get everyone I meet to start using open… Read more »

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WHY WINDOWS POWER USERS BREAK LINUX

As more people come to Linux, those of us who help the Windows refugees make the switch will need to be very patient with them. The more someone knows about Windows, the more likely it is that they will break Linux. Handing them a Linux laptop and saying, “Here ya go…” is not enough if… Read more »

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Does Adobe Hate Linux?

As the press prepares to cover the release of Ubuntu 17.04, it should be clear in the tech industry just how big of a player Ubuntu is to the ecosystem. While a good bit of reviews will focus on what’s new in the release and what’s headed down the pipeline, I’d like to comment on… Read more »

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Effective Communication in Podcasting

Internet based New Media (YouTube, podcasts, etc) is the number one way that people learn about Linux and Open Source software. Linux, as a concept, lacks a marketing department because it’s a community supported project and not a company. Granted, there are companies who distribute Linux, like Canonical and Red Hat but they don’t buy… Read more »

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LibreOffice 5.3 – Freedom Meets Functionality

Freedom to create with code is not the same as the freedom to create a specific product. Sometimes the freedom offered in the open source community makes it easier for me to be more productive. Other times, not so much. The biggest excuses I have to grab one of my machines with a closed source… Read more »

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AWS Outage: We Need to Talk About These Nines

I walked out of a meeting, preparing to go to lunch. One of the guys on the database team grabs me as I pass and informs me that his AWS (Amazon Web Services) permissions are broken. He’s unable to see any of his S3 buckets. I walk to my workstation, sit down, log into the… Read more »

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The Novelty of KDE Neon

The good folks at KDE managed to engage a market of Linux desktop users underserved by other distribution models. Or, maybe it’s just me. KDE has a long history in the desktop ecosystem. It was the first Linux desktop I was exposed to back in 2006. Back then, it was on OpenSUSE and it was… Read more »

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Linux Mint 18.1 Is The Best Mint Yet

The hardcore Linux geeks won’t read this article. They’ll skip right past it… They don’t like Linux Mint much. There’s a good reason for them not to; it’s not designed for them. Linux Mint is for folks who want a stable, elegant desktop operating system that they don’t want to have to constantly tinker with…. Read more »

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Are You Ready For Linux?

Linux on the Desktop is well past the stage of being a plaything for computer hobbyists but it still isn’t at the stage where it could be considered completely mainstream. There’s still some way to go but Linux is fast gaining ground at an accelerating pace and lots of folks are looking at it as… Read more »

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2016 was the Best Year for Linux

2016 was unequivocally Linux’s best year yet. It’s on more devices than ever before and more secure than ever before. Were there embarrassing moments along the way? Yes, I kept reasonably close to the news and watched a few of these evolve and get patched as quickly as they were found. I’d also like to… Read more »