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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Linux Mint 17.2 launches with big Cinnamon and MATE desktop improvements

While Ubuntu's looking ahead to the future, Linux Mint's focused on making the traditional desktop experience better than ever.

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How to use PPAs to install bleeding-edge software in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

PPAs are a great way for Linux users to install software that's unavailable in central repositories, but carry some risks you need to be aware of.

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Why Ubuntu plans to replace traditional Linux packages with something better

Ubuntu will embrace smarter, stand-alone Snappy images instead of relying on Deb packages and apt-get.

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Why you should avoid AMD and get a Steam Machine with Nvidia's GeForce graphics

Nvidia's graphics cards may be a black box, but they're easily the best-performing option on Linux machines.

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Hey gamers! DirectX 11 is coming to Linux thanks to CodeWeavers and Wine

The DirectX 11 support coming to CrossOver and Wine will let more Windows games 'just run' on Linux.

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Crytek's powerful CryEngine is the latest gaming engine to embrace Linux

CryEngine powers top-name titles like Crysis, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Star Citizen, and now it's coming to Linux.

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Why big open-source projects are fleeing SourceForge's free software hub

SourceForge's distasteful junkware-pushing antics have soured open-source projects on the one-time free software titan.

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Skype for Web brings (some of) Skype to Chromebooks

Microsoft may sell Skype as a key selling point of Windows PCs, but Skype for Web brings the service to Chromebooks, too--minus a few key features.

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Dell's affordable Ubuntu-powered Inspiron laptops take aim at Chromebooks

Dell's Ubuntu Edition Inspiron laptops may not have the sexiest specs, but the price is certainly right.