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Wine 9.0 Significantly Improves Windows Apps and Games on Linux

It also works on macOS, Android, and other Unix-like platforms.

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5 Linux Distributions to Breathe New Life Into Old Hardware

Rejuvenate old hardware with lightweight Linux.

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Fedora vs. Ubuntu: Which Distro Is Right for You?

Ubuntu once was the go-to recommendation for beginners, but Fedora has closed the gap. Now the answer is not so simple.

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How to Install and Use the Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10

You can use BASH on Windows 10, but WSL is so much more than just that.

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How to Encrypt Your Windows System Drive With VeraCrypt

Free encryption for Windows? Why not?

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How to Connect to an SSH Server from Windows, macOS, or Linux

SSH is available on every popular operating system.

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What's New in Ubuntu 23.10 "Mantic Minotaur"

We're bullish about the possibility of upgrading to this interim release.

7 Misconceptions About Open Source Software

Don't Judge a Program By Its Software License

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Pine64's New ARM and RISC-V Tablets Run Linux

Prepare for trouble, and make it double.

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How to Install Homebrew on a Mac

Homebrew is a package manager that makes installing open-source utilities and full-blown apps as easy as typing a few commands into Terminal.

Pine64 Tries Its Hand at Another Open-Source Tablet

If you like to tinker with tablets, keep an eye out for Pine64's upcoming device.

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How to Download Wikipedia for Offline, At-Your-Fingertips Reading

Who doesn't want a personal copy of the largest encyclopedia in human history?

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How to Burn Any Video File to a Playable DVD

Instead of watching video files on your PC it be nice to have a disc to pop into any player to watch from other locations. Today we take a look at DV

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Microsoft 3D Movie Maker From 1995 Is Now Open-Source

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker from 1995 is now open-source, opening the door for a modernized version.

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The Best Linux Distributions for Beginners

Thinking about trying Linux? Start here.

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Why Should You Use Open-Source Software?

Open-source brings with it a lot of positives.

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How to Connect Your Mac to Any VPN (and Automatically Reconnect)

Macs have built-in support for connecting to the most common types of VPNs.

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How to Run Windows 3's File Manager in Windows 10

With this fun free download, your Windows PC will feel like it's from 1990---but in a good way.

What Is Fuchsia, Google's New Operating System?

Fuchsia a totally new operating system, currently in the very early stages of development at Google.

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