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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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Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015

Canonical pushed back its promised 2014 Ubuntu Phone launch to polish the interface and account for manufacturing hold-ups.

Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road

All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.

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Your Linux PC isn't as secure as you think it is

If 2014 taught Linux users anything, it's that they can't afford to ignore system security completely.

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Why Chromebooks are schooling iPads in education

Chromebooks are cheap, easy to manage, and even easier to share.

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Meet Devuan, the Debian fork born from a bitter systemd revolt

After Debian voted to make the controversial systemd init system mandatory going forward, the 'Veteran Unix Admins' picked up their forks to create Devuan.

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Linux Mint 17.1 finally makes MATE's fancy Compiz graphics easy to use

The new version of Linux Mint just hit release candidate status. Here's all the goodies you can expect to find.

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Purism Librem 15 Linux laptop blends high-end hardware with totally free software

Purism wants your help making an uncompromisingly high-end Linux laptop with uncompromisingly free software inside.

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OpenSUSE 13.2 supercharged with smoother setup, system snapshots, Btrfs, and more

OpenSUSE 13.2 is finally here after a year in development. These 3 killer features were worth the wait.

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Ubuntu, ownCloud, and a hidden dark side of Linux software repositories

A brush-up between Canonical and ownCloud that left an unsupported version of the server software lingering in Ubuntu's software repository

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Kubuntu 15.04 embraces KDE's Plasma 5 desktop

KDE's experimental Plasma 5 desktop is officially ready for the big time, and will become the default desktop environment in Kubuntu 15.04.

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One OS, three flavors: How Fedora 21 is splitting up to double down on focus

The first fruits of the sweeping Fedora.next project appears in Fedora 21, which goes live in beta form today.

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Meet systemd, the controversial project taking over a Linux distro near you

So what's all the fervor and fire over systemd all about? Chris Hoffman explains why the Linux community is in a tizzy.

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Ubuntu's Unity 8 desktop will remove the Amazon search 'spyware'

Your searches will no longer turn up Amazon results by default.

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Why Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn's humble changes are the calm before the storm

The latest Ubuntu release is here, and it's not especially exciting -- but that's because massive changes are brewing on the horizon.