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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.

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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 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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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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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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How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide

Trying Linux is easy--you can even install it on a USB drive or disc to try it out before committing. Enter the world of open-source here.

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3 surprisingly easy PC repairs you should do yourself

You could pay someone to take care of these repairs for you, but you'd be surprised how easy they are with a little patience.

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How to install two or more operating systems on one PC

Sure, you can run Windows and Linux, or two versions of Windows, all on the same PC. Just follow these steps to do it right.

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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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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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If Windows virtual memory is too low, you can increase it, but there are trade-offs

Virtual memory can expand your PC's capabilities, but it will also slow it down. Understanding the swap file will help you make the right decision.

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How to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Mac

Get Microsoft's beta operating system on a virtual drive or right on your hard drive.

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Netflix on Linux: How to get it today, and why it's such a pain

Netflix on Linux is a hassle for two reasons sure to set open-source aficionados on edge: Microsoft and DRM. But you can get around it.