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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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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.

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8 ways Google is tying Chrome OS and Android together

Chrome OS and Android are two separate and distinct operating systems, but the lines are beginning to blur, to the benefit of people who've gone all-in on Google.

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R.I.P. Reader: Examining Adobe's history of disdain towards Linux users

Sure, Photoshop is coming to Linux via Creative Cloud streaming, but that's more of a happy accident than anything. Adobe's history shows it treats Linux as an afterthought at best.

Steam for Linux tops 700 games as big-name games increasingly call it home

Surpassing 700 Steam for Linux titles and snagging Borderlands 2 is only the beginning.

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Meet Linux kernel 3.17's best new features: Xbox One controller support, laptop 'free fall' protection, and more

Linux 3.17 is out, and most of the new features are designed to make your hardware play nice with the open-source operating system.

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5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do

Yes it can! Run Photoshop. Use Office Online. Work offline. Chromebooks just get keep getting more potent.

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How GNOME 3.14 is winning back disillusioned Linux users

After GNOME 3's radical changes turned off legions of Linux users, GNOME 3.14's tweaks are bringing lost sheep back into the fold.

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Ubuntu Touch finalized, first phones coming this year

The audacious Ubuntu Edge smartphone may have fizzled out, but Ubuntu Touch lives on--and it just hit 'release to manufacturing' status.

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Netflix on Linux: How to get it today, and why it's such a pain

Netflix on Linux is a hassle for two reasons sure to set open-source aficionados on edge: Microsoft and DRM. But you can get around it.

5 ways to access and control your PC remotely

Use your desktop, your files, and even games from anywhere, with the right services and utilities.

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Run any Android app on your Chromebook with this hack

Google's letting you run four official Android apps on your Chromebook. This hack lets you run ANY Android app on your Chromebook.

5 more killer features Windows 9 should steal from Linux

The latest Windows 9 leaks show a lot of Linux-looking new features. But if Windows is stealing the best from Linux, virtual desktops and a central notification center should only be the beginning.

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How to fix your Internet connection in Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu's networking should work out of the box with NetworkManager, but sometimes things go wrong. Here's how to get back online.

How to reinstall Windows like a pro

It's super-easy to reinstall Windows 8, and not much more difficult to reinstall Windows 7. Use these tips to get the most out of a reinstall.

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How to upgrade an old PC: No-brainer improvements anyone can do

Is your computer running too slow? Breathe new life into that aging PC with a few tune-ups and upgrades to get it back up to speed.