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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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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.

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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.