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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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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.

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How to install Microsoft fonts in Linux office suites

If you open a Microsoft Office document in LibreOffice or OpenOffice, you’ll need Microsoft’s fonts installed on your Linux system to see the documents as they were intended to look.

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Meet Red Star OS, the North Korean Linux distro that apes Apple's OS X

North Korea's Red Star OS looks like OS X, but it's all Linux under the hood.

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7 reasons Chromebooks hit their stride in 2014

Google Chromebooks went from curiosity to a computing mainstay in 2014. Here's why.

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Chromebooks rising, SteamOS stalling, Linux's civil war: The World Beyond Windows' 10 biggest stories of the year

The anything-but-Windows PC ecosystem is vast, and it saw some tremendous upheaval in 2014—some good, some bad.

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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.