Sweet, sweet Linux...

How to give your creaky old Windows computer an Ubuntu makeover.

So Ubuntu is good. But why should you use it? After all, nearly every computer you encounter will likely be running either Windows or the Mac OS. You can buy a new PC preloaded with Ubuntu, but they're not easy to find (and, anyway, you don't save too much by doing so). So what's the point?

To me, it's the perfect way to give an aging Windows PC new life.

Warning: Five Things to Know Before Switching to Linux

A happy customer might tell someone. An unhappy customer tells everyone. Converting to Linux before taking a dose of reality might make you a very unhappy customer. Let's be perfectly honest. Linux isn't for everyone-yet. However, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and a few other distributions come close but for now, Linux is a little more difficult to use than Windows.

Could Linux become the world's most popular operating system?

Linux has no chance of catching Windows on the desktop, but that may not stop it from becoming more ubiquitous than Windows. One day, you'll most likely be running Linux, and there's a good chance you won't even know it. In that way, you'll be like millions of other people.

Microsoft has done a spectacular job of locking down the desktop for Windows. That battle is over; Linux lost

Spotify ports its music streamer to Linux

"A lot of our developers are using Linux. Obviously, they want to listen to music while they’re coding away," Sher says, "and looking at the feedback we get, it appears that they’re not the only ones. So today we’re pretty happy to present a preview version of Spotify for Linux."

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Top Ten Apps That Make Linux Fun To Use

Looking to mix things up a little, I thought it’d be fun to take a more entertaining look at what we can do with our Linux boxes. I’m listing ten noteworthy Linux applications that I find very fun to use.

After all, Linux is more than a mere efficient platform. It can also provide a great deal of entertainment as well.

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After signing up for Google Voice, I started to get SMS spam sent to my mobile phone number

While this is completely unrelated to Linux (except for the fact that Android is built on top of Linux), I felt the need to post this information online to vent..if nothing else. I purchased a Google, HTC Nexus One about two weeks ago and have been very happy with the phone.

Can Fedora be the new Ubuntu?

I know it sounds crazy. Fedora is more a test-bed for the enterprise-grade RHEL. Fedora is cutting edge software that evokes images of users fixing more issues than enjoying user-friendly software. Fedora is for those who already know; Ubuntu is for those that do not. Right? Wrong. Those assumptions are wrong on numerous accounts…especially since the release of Fedora 13.

What's new in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS has finally arrived and it includes the latest software and updates, while adding a number of new features and updating the distributions overall look. It's been two years since the release of Ubuntu 8.04, the last Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu, and users running 8.04 – or even 9.04 and 9.10 for that matter – will definitely notice a wide range of changes and improvements.

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Microsoft IP Tax Makes Its Way to Linux

Microsoft has announced that they have come to a “patent agreement” with mobile phone maker HTC for their use of the open-source Android (Linux) OS. What’s more, Microsoft, under the agreement, will collect a royalty on each HTC Android device sold — a deal not even Google gets. I’ll be honest, the news a few months back that Amazon reached a similar &l

New hope for free encoding in Blu-ray videos with x264

The problem for independent video producers and enthusiasts has been the inability to encode videos that can be burned to Blu-ray Discs, and then actually played on BD consoles.

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