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Linux is one of the most popular server operating system and slowly rising in popularity as a desktop operating system as well. This can be attributed to the progress that Linux distributions have made in regards to the installation and usability. For the most part, installing Linux is not complicated anymore at all, and users of all experience levels can make that happen.

Linux systems are called distributions of which there are plenty. A couple of popular ones are Ubuntu, which is probably the most popular system right now, Linux Mint, Debian or OpenSuse. The Linux category features news, reviews, software, tutorials and everything else of interest to existing and future Linux users.

What is holding back Linux the most is without doubt also one if the system’s greatest strengths: diversity. New users may find the number of Linux distributions to choose one from overwhelming to say the least.


I have not covered Live operating systems in a long while. These systems are usually Linux-based and allow you to boot into the system without installing software or making any changes to the data that is on a computer. Basically, they run independent of the host system they are run on which, as an added […]

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Whenever I'm not at home, I'm taking my ThinkPad laptop with me that I installed Linux Mint on. While I could run a flavor of Windows on the device as well, I made the deliberate decision to install Linux on the device to discover what it has to offer. I discovered the window customization settings […]


I'm using the excellent password manager KeePass version 2.x on Windows to manage all my accounts and information. When I checked the Linux download page, I noticed that only KeePass 1.x was available for Linux which was a problem as the key file that I used could not be loaded in that version. The developer […]

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I installed Linux Mint on a Thinkpad today to get used to the operating system and Linux in general. That got me thinking; what is keeping me from using Linux on all my devices? I have used Windows ever since I got my first personal computer back when the Pentium 1 was the latest craze. […]

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I had to reinstall the operating system on my Thinkpad laptop and decided to install Linux Mint on it instead of Windows 8 or 10, the operating systems that were previously installed on it. The installation of the Linux distribution wentfine. I had to use the Universal USB Installer to copy the ISO image to […]

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The -- very old -- laptop of a friend of mine died the other day and I offered to give her my old laptop as a replacement. Problem was, an old version of Windows was installed on my old laptop which I had to get rid of. Since I did not have any spare Windows […]

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While it is possible to use modern Linux distributions without touching the command line at all, or only on rare occasions, you will usually quickly come into contact with command line arguments when you want to make a change to the operating system and need to research how it is done on the Internet. You […]

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Gnome is a long-standing desktop environment and user interface that is part of the GNU project and available for use in various Nix-like operating systems including Linux. Gnome announced plans to switch its main web search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo recently. If you are a regular reader of Ghacks you know that DuckDuckGo is […]

gstreamer enabled

Firefox users who use the Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system benefit from support for H.264, Mp3 and AAC formats that Mozilla implemented in version 21 of the web browser. Support means that users of the browser on those systems can play audio and video files requiring these formats in the browser without plugins. […]

ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" has been released today as part of the usual six month release schedule of the Linux distribution.¬† New users can download the latest version directly from the Ubuntu website where the desktop version can be downloaded as a 32-bit or 64-bit release. Both downloads have¬† a size of about 700 Megabyte […]

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If you take an interest in the Linux world you have probably already noticed that Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. The new version of the popular Linux distribution comes with a set of new and improved features, of which at least have been controversially discussed by the community. Integration of Amazon results in searches is […]

learn japanese

When it comes to learning foreign languages, I never came upon a more learning intensive language than Japanese. This can be partially attributed to the foreign characters, and to the fact that you have to get your head around multiple alphabets and thousands of Kanji signs. Japanese learning software can help students tremendously in the […]

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Windows users have several options at hand when their system does not boot anymore. They can try to boot into Safe Mode, use System Restore to recovery the system to a previous state, or use repair options on the Windows CD to repair the issue. When Windows 8 gets released, options get even better with […]


Breaking News: Adobe just made an announcement on the official Air and Flash Player Team Blog that changes are coming to Flash Player on Linux. The company has partnered up with Google to "develop a single modern API for hosting plugins within the browser". PPAPI (code-named Pepper), adds a layer between the browser and underlying […]