Chris HoffmanPCWorld

Follow me on Google+

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.

system 76

How to find out if your PC is compatible with Linux

Can your PC run Linux? Probably. But here's how to find out for sure.

kali linux 2 desktop

Meet Kali Linux 2.0, a distro built to hammer your security

The newest version of Kali Linux is built so you can update its penetration testing tools with less hassle.

graphics cards amd nvidia

How Ubuntu's making it easier for Linux gamers to get the latest graphics drivers

Ubuntu Linux is miming Windows 10's approach to updating graphics drivers--but keeping it fully optional.

ubuntu offshoot discs

Freedom of choice: 7 top Linux desktop environments compared

Unlike with Windows or OS X, there are numerous desktop environments available for Linux, sporting wildly different looks and capabilities.

purism librem 13

Why Linux enthusiasts are arguing over Purism's sleek, idealistic Librem laptops

Purism's sleek hardware and declared love for free and open components has won over the Linux world, but reality and the dream may not match.

6050 asic hbm 4k 01

AMD is working on a new Linux graphics driver to catch up with Nvidia

Driver woes have held Radeon graphics cards back on Linux, but AMD's hoping its forthcoming software can give it an edge.

Dual-booting Linux with Windows: What you need to know

Windows 10 or Linux Mint? You can have it both ways, but there are a few tricks for doing it right.

kde plasma mobile

KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, a free and open Linux OS for phones

Make room, Ubuntu Touch. KDE's Plasma Mobile also has plans to bring Linux to phones.

encryptitall

How to install Linux on a PC with Secure Boot enabled

Installing Linux isn't as easy as it used to be, thanks to the Secure Boot requirements enforced by recent versions of Windows.

battery power

How to squeeze more battery life from your Linux laptop

Linux has a lot of advantages, but long battery life on a laptop isn’t usually one of them. Here's how to fix that.

angry linux

How to install closed drivers, media codecs, and other forbidden stuff on Linux PCs

Linux is famous for its open-source nature, but sometimes you just need to use proprietary drivers or codecs. Here's how to do so on many of the top Linux distros.

linux logo cup

The best Linux distributions for beginners

Linux has many hundreds of distros, but the best ones for beginners have more hand-holding and some Windows-like familiarity.

gtx 960 primary

How to use Nvidia Optimus to switch active GPUs and save power on Linux laptops

Nvidia's power-saving Optimus technology is available on Linux, but the experience is far from smooth out of the box. Here's how to fix it.