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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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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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Want to safely download free software for your PC? Please just switch to Linux already.
We’ve been banging on about the horrific and broken Windows software ecosystem for a long time now. Rather than installing applications from Download.com and every other freeware site, you should just switch to Linux if you want to download freeware safely.
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If you think Mint is good for new Linux users, give a run to UberStudent, "the user's Linux for everyone out-of-the-box." http://uberstudent.com
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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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Google Drive for Linux is apparently actually happening!
A recent Google Drive for Mac update hid some interesting gems: Hidden screenshots of the long-promised Drive for Linux.
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Lovely... but "Mega" & "Kuaipan" actually provide quite good "DRIVE" client on Linux!!
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I want SteamOS and Linux gaming to succeed, but it's not looking as likely anymore. Valve and Microsoft seem to be really getting along these days.
 
I agree with +Chris Hoffman here. I'm still pumped to see the final result, but Valve-powered Steam Machines are needed less and less every day they're delayed. 
Steam Machines sounded so good on paper... but they've remained on paper after a long delay, and the need for a Windows alternative diminishes by the day.
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This article's page views prove the answer is "No, because no one wants 3D TVs."

Sorry, TV manufacturers!
The big push for consumer 3D TVs is mostly over, and most manufacturers are pushing other technologies like 4K, quantum dot, and even questionable curved displays. But 3D TV could yet make a comeback — maybe.
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  • PCWorld
    Columnist & Contributor, 2012 - present
  • How-To Geek
    Writer, 2011 - present
  • Freelance Tech Writer
    2010 - present
  • MakeUseOf
    Writer, 2011 - 2014
  • MakeUseOf
    Newsletter Editor, 2012 - 2014
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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!
Bragging rights
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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