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Chris Hoffman is a tech geek who's been writing about everything technology-related for years. When he's not writing about gadgets and software, he's probably using them in his spare time.

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Debian 8.0 'Jessie' is out and even Microsoft is celebrating

After two years in the making, here's what you'll find inside Debian 8.0.


Ubuntu 15.04 'Vivid Vervet' released: Revamped (again) menus, systemd, 'Snappy Core' for smart devices, and more

Ubuntu 15.04 also serves as the base Canonical's Internet of Things ambitions and the first commercially available Ubuntu Phone.

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The best free, open-source software for everyday PC users

These 10 programs are powerful, intuitive, full-featured—and completely free and open-source.

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Why Nvidia graphics cards are the worst for open-source, but the best for Linux gaming

Nvidia's graphics cards are flat-out the best option available for Linux gamers--but only if you're willing to use the company's closed-source drivers.

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Forget flash sales: The first Ubuntu Phone is now available to buy all the time

At least in Europe. Ubuntu Phone fans in other parts of the world still have to wait, but your patience could be rewarded with a much more capable device than BQ's initial Ubuntu Phone.

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Linux 4.0 brings Skynet closer to existence, offers reboot-free kernel patching

With Linux 4.0, we're one step closer to the version of Linux used by the T-800 Terminator. But it's full of handy improvements!

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Don't hold your breath: Why Windows won't be open-source any time soon

Windows going open-source is 'definitely possible,' a senior Microsoft executive says--but don't hold your breath.

Why Android could kill Google's struggling standalone Chrome apps

Chrome apps haven't exploded out of the gate, and they're looking more dead now that Chromebooks can run Android apps.

How to get your Chromebook online from anywhere without killing your mobile data cap

Chromebooks were made to be online, even if Wi-Fi's nowhere to be found. Here's how to get online with a cellular signal without blowing through your data cap.

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GNOME 3.16 is here with reimagined notifications and visual upgrades galore

The popular GNOME Linux desktop environment just received an ultra-slick makeover.

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Microsoft tightens Windows 10's Secure Boot screws: Where does that leave Linux?

Secure Boot could lock down Windows 10 PCs to Microsoft operating systems alone. Or not. Chris Hoffman digs in.

How to run Windows software in Linux: Everything you need to know

Even the most die hard Linux lovers have to run a Windows program every now and again. Here's how to do so.

Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu

Backed by Google and created with software from some of the nation's top universities, Sirius can even identify objects in pictures to respond to your questions about it.

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Steam hits 1,000 Linux games days after Valve's big Steam Machine reveal

Any game that's available for SteamOS works on other Linux distros too, and the focus on Steam Machines has been a boon for Linux gamers.

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Ubuntu just switched to systemd, the project sparking controversy throughout Linux

Ubuntu Linux's Upstart has been upstaged by systemd.