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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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GNOME 3.16 is here with reimagined notifications and visual upgrades galore

The popular GNOME Linux desktop environment just received an ultra-slick makeover.

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Microsoft tightens Windows 10's Secure Boot screws: Where does that leave Linux?

Secure Boot could lock down Windows 10 PCs to Microsoft operating systems alone. Or not. Chris Hoffman digs in.

How to run Windows software in Linux: Everything you need to know

Even the most die hard Linux lovers have to run a Windows program every now and again. Here's how to do so.

Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu

Backed by Google and created with software from some of the nation's top universities, Sirius can even identify objects in pictures to respond to your questions about it.

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Steam hits 1,000 Linux games days after Valve's big Steam Machine reveal

Any game that's available for SteamOS works on other Linux distros too, and the focus on Steam Machines has been a boon for Linux gamers.

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Ubuntu just switched to systemd, the project sparking controversy throughout Linux

Ubuntu Linux's Upstart has been upstaged by systemd.

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Don't forget one of Linux's best features: How to use multiple workspaces

Just as Windows 10 is finally adding virtual desktops, many Linux environments are hiding workspaces by default. Here's everything you need to know to start using one of Linux's best features.

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GNOME 2 is back: Ubuntu MATE is now an official flavor

The GNOME 2-based Ubuntu MATE is now 'officially official.'

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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.