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Support open-source projects this giving season

There's a long tradition of donating to charities during the holidays. Open-source projects, which freely provide so many useful tools, are a deserving cause. Here are a few suggestions of how you can show your gratitude and give back.

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Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try

Ubuntu, eat your heart out. Fedora 25 makes installation and setup simple enough for Linux newbies.

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Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation, but end users won't notice right away

Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has changed its tune regarding Linux, but don't expect to see Microsoft applications on a Linux deskotp.

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3 encryption tools for Linux that will keep your data safe

Know the pros and cons of Linux encryption methods, whether it's PGP, full-disk encryption, or an encrypted container.

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5 terminal commands every Linux newbie should know

Sometimes you'll need to use the terminal, but it's not as scary as you think.

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5 reasons to opt for a Linux rolling distro vs. a standard release

When it comes to Linux distributions, there two main methods for releasing software: a versioned system or a rolling release. Know which one is better for your needs.

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How to keep your Linux PC safe from exploits

The 9-year-old Dirty COW vulnerability was recently fixed, if you're running a patched kernal. Here's how to know if your Linux is safe.

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How to recover lost data using TestDisk

This free open-source tool can save a partition that's been overwritten and recover lost files.

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How to benchmark your Linux system

While the most common PC benchmarks are specific to Windows, there are a number of benchmarks available to Linux systems, and most of them are free.

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How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

You've paid good money for a high-resolution display. Here's how to enjoy it with Linux's GNOME desktop.

How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free

It's easy to create professional-looking screencast videos using two free tools: CamStudio and YouTube. Here are the nitty-gritty details.

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How to download audio from any streaming video

Streaming video won't stream if you're away from an Internet connection. Here's how to download audio from YouTube or an any other streaming video for offline listening.

How to create a high-quality animated GIF

Two free tools are all you need to transform a video into a high-quality GIF. Let the amusement begin!

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The beginner's guide to game streaming with Twitch

Join the game-watching boom that has made Twitch insanely popular. The software you'll need is free, and we'll walk you through the setup.

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How to start blogging with Microsoft Word

You can draft or even post blog updates directly from Word to the most popular blogging platforms. There's even a workaround that helps with other blogging tools.