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PCWorld Linux guru +Chris Hoffman explains why you should stick to Steam Machines with Nvidia inside. (Hint: Linux drivers.)
Nvidia's graphics cards may be a black box, but they're easily the best-performing option on Linux machines.
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thanks for this story, here I was going to build me an MSI AMD computer and use that MSI Steam OS that is on the MSI website. Wish AMD would get it together. My first computer had an AMD cpu and the older ATI in it but now today, not so sure about AMD but for budget or getting into the PC Game setup, it still an AMD since they hold the lower end of the computer market. 
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Mandriva Linux is officially dead. Kind of sad -- Mandrake Linux was the first Linux distribution I ever used.
Let's be honest: Mandriva Linux itself has been dormant for years now. But these offshoots will keep its legacy alive now that Mandriva is officially dead as a company
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+Cameron Gladman​ again.. look at suse and red hat.. the are big Client and server companies. 
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Linux 4.0 is almost here -- prepare for Skynet!
With Linux 4.0, we're one step closer to the version of Linux used by the T-800 Terminator. But it's full of handy improvements!
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Uh-oh, looks like Microsoft may be doing what we all feared they'd do...
Windows 10 hardware must support Secure Boot and won't have to let you turn it off.
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Isn't that act illegal? I am sure some countries will sue Microsoft for this. Plus there must be a fix somehow. At least to DELETE Windows alltogether and REPLACE with Linux.
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The only safe place to buy a Windows PC is the Microsoft Store. (And yes, they sell more than Surfaces and you can shop online.)

Seriously, this is how everyone can avoid the next Superfish.
Lenovo’s been shipping Superfish on their PCs for months. This is a security disaster, and it shows how little PC manufacturers actually care about your PC’s security. There’s only one way to ensure your new PC is actually safe to use.
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Mounes ok am here!
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Your Android phone's web browser probably isn't receiving security updates from Google, so here's what you need to do to stay safe:
The web browser in Android 4.3 and earlier has many big security problems, and Google won’t be patching it anymore. If you use a device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or earlier, you need to take action.
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Google is making Chrome less terrible on your battery life
 
One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better.

The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:

http://crbug.com/460102

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

http://crbug.com/485371

Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.

http://crbug.com/489936

Before: On capitalone.com, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.

http://crbug.com/493350

Before: On amazon.com, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use.

The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering.  You should expect us to continually improve in this area.
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Just a few more weeks until Windows 10 is out -- here's what you need to know.
Windows 10 will be released on July 29, 2015. Microsoft is already advertising it to WIndows 7 and 8.1 users using a system tray pop-up. This is a free upgrade, and will probably be a good one for Windows 7 and 8 users alike.
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Awesome... thanks for that. I was not even willing to click on that pop-up because I assumed I'd have to pay for the upgrade.
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NVIDIA's graphics hardware: great for Linux gaming, but Linus once gave NVIDIA a middle finger for a reason.
 
Nvidia and Linux gamers have a complex love-hate relationship. +Chris Hoffman explains why.
Nvidia's graphics cards are flat-out the best option available for Linux gamers--but only if you're willing to use the company's closed-source drivers.
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A high-ranking Microsoft engineer recently claimed Windows could become open source.

If that ever happens, it's a very, very long ways away.
Windows going open-source is 'definitely possible,' a senior Microsoft executive says--but don't hold your breath.
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Yeah, I can't STRETCH my imagination that far!
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USB Type-C explained!

Yes, it is awesome, and you do want it, and PCs will be getting it soon.
Apple’s new MacBook has a single USB Type-C port, but this isn’t an Apple-only standard. This is a new USB standard, and — given time — it’ll spread to everything that currently uses an older, larger USB connector.
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FINALLY!!!!  I read a rumour the other day that Google's hinting the next Nexus phone/phablet will have it.
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Matthew Garrett wrote a great response to my piece about Intel Boot Guard. Good for user security, bad for user freedom.
PC World wrote an article on how the use of Intel Boot Guard by PC manufacturers is making it impossible for end-users to install replacement firmware such as Coreboot on their hardware. It's easy to interpret this as Intel acting to restrict competition in the firmware market, but the reality ...
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I'm a tech-geek-turned-technology-writer making his living off the Internet. I run the World Beyond Windows columnist over at PCWorld and I'm a regular contributor to How-To Geek. That's where you'll find the bulk of my current writing.

I wrote for MakeUseOf for several years, ran the MakeUseOf Newsletter for about two years. As if that wasn't enough, I've also contributed articles to Digital Trends, Salon.com, Chron.com, and other websites.

Several of my articles have hit the front page of Reddit. Thanks for the hundreds of thousands of page views, Redditors!
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One of my articles was featured prominently on the front page of PCWorld's July 2013 print edition, while another appeared inside the last print edition of PC World ever. Goodbye, print media!
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