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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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How to stop Ubuntu from sending your desktop searches to online retailers

Sick of seeing shopping results for the movie "The Terminator Theme" when you search Ubuntu for "Terminal"? Here's how to disable those annoying online search results.

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Ubuntu 14.04.2 arrives with updated hardware support and a new Linux kernel

The latest Ubuntu Long Term Support update plays nice with new hardware.

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Fully sandboxed, cross-distro Linux apps are almost here

More than a mere dream, the GNOME-affiliated Sandboxed Applications project is making sandboxed, distro-agnostic software a reality.

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Beat it, bloatware: How to clean Superfish and other crap off your PC

Preloaded software bogs down your hard drive, your start menu, and worse. We're looking at you, Superfish. Clean it out with these handy tools and tricks.

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5 free tools for editing images on a Chromebook

The native image editor built into Chromebooks is hidden and weak, but Chrome OS doesn't support the powerful desktop image editing software available for Windows. Don't fear! These free tools can help you tweak your pictures.

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How Intel and PC makers prevent you from modifying your laptop's firmware

The UEFI firmware that boots up your PC is a closed, proprietary blob of codeā€”and you can't change it out even if you wanted to. Here's why.

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A eulogy to CrunchBang, the Linux distro that time passed by

One of Linux's strengths is the ease with which you can roll your own distro to scratch a niche itch. But sometimes those distributions fade away, as highlighted by CrunchBang's recent death.

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Google Drive for Linux images leak after years of promises

A recent Google Drive for Mac update hid some interesting gems: Hidden screenshots of the long-promised Drive for Linux.

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The Free Software Foundation loves this laptop, but you won't

Sure, all the software--right down to the firmware!--is free and open in the LibreBoot X200. But it's still a refurbished 2008 laptop, and indicative of deeper problems in the state of truly open hardware.

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Dell's line of Linux laptops expands to include new MacBook Pro competitor

Dell's 'Project Sputnik' is expanding to offer Linux on the M3800 workstation and the revamped, MacBook Air-killing XPS 13 Ultrabook.

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Why the Steam Machine's war against Windows gaming looks more doomed by the day

Steam Machines sounded so good on paper... but they've remained on paper after a long delay, and the need for a Windows alternative diminishes by the day.

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How Google's supercharged Chromebook Files app will blend offline with online

Google's rethinking the way it approaches files--both online and offline--with upcoming changes to the Chrome OS Files app.

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Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook

New Chromebook developer mode tools enable booting from USB and SSH access.

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Why 2015 is the year of Linux on the everything-but-desktop

Linux was everywhere at CES 2015, even if it wasn't obvious.

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Make way for Chromebooks! Four reasons they're ready to rock in 2015

Chromebooks were a punch line...until sales skyrocketed last year. Now Microsoft's fighting back with $200 laptops. Chris Hoffman explains how Chromebooks turned the tide.