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"Seeing Richard Stallman speak also really crystallized my opinions about the importance of free and open software and I began the process of replacing all my OS X apps with libre alternatives. From there it was an easy realization that I could dispense with Apple altogether and switch to Linux."
John came to Arch through Antergos, realizing Arch isn’t that bad to install. One of the tougher things about Linux is the lack of a middle. There are lots of beginner-friendly distributions and lots...
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+Aron Knifström ... except Lenovo my friend! Have you heard about black listing wifi cards in lenovo's bios ? :)
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"Therein lies the true power of open source. I made extensive use of components of the GNOME stack to provide the experience I wanted, without needing to fork or cause fragmentation. As time went on, it was something I then shared with others…and well, here we are today."
Ikey is living the dream—he made his own desktop environment. Perhaps even more impressive, he made it for his own distribution! Perhaps most impressive of all, Solus, Ikey’s distribution, is built...
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This week I learn about Guake!
One of the neat things about writing a book about Linux is that it has “forced” me to try out some software I haven’t otherwise gotten around to trying. I recently finished up a chapter on customizing...
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That's pretty awesome, too. I rarely need multiple terminals, though.
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"i3 has breathed new life into an old, slow computer. It’s a no-frills interface that’s surprisingly easy to work with. Even connecting to new WiFi networks is as easy as launching nm-applet."
As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on a book about learning to use Linux. The book uses Ubuntu 14.04 as its base, although I get into lots of other distributions and desktop environments. Since it’s...
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And now I know how to say dmenu in Danish. Thank you!
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"[Linux] is also great for learning about business computing without paying for courses or slaving away at dubious internships. I use real business software, without having to have a Harvard budget, or prior experience. Seriously—how do people learn proprietary solutions before getting hired to work with them?"
Tai brings up an interesting point about supporting newer Linux users. You need to use what they’re using in the way that they use it. For him, that means Unity. One thing I’ve been wrapping my head...
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Just Bash and GNU, huh? No specifics about business software...
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"I still remember back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when we were using ndiswrapper and basically attempting to get binary Windows drivers working in Linux so our wireless cards would function properly. Thankfully, that’s over. Today, you can just pop a USB stick in your computer, boot it up, and everything works. It’s phenomenal."
I’ve been trying to get Jim to do this for a while, so I was super psyched when Bryan Behrenshausen reached out to let me know Jim was interested in doing an interview. I knew from his book (and his...
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A great interview.
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"When I discovered Ubuntu Studio in 2010, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Ubuntu Studio is geared toward creative production in general, so it comes with just about everything you’d need for music production already installed and configured."
It’s always great to see someone using Linux for music. Jeff is using it for live performance, which is interesting since some people avoid Linux for that sort of thing because of concerns about lag....
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Perhaps unsurprising for an Xubuntu developer...

"Xfce has been my go-to desktop environment for quite some time. It’s fast, reliable, and can look great with the right configuration."
Sean’s interview (and desktop!) is exactly what you would expect from the Xubuntu technical lead: it’s efficient, fast, and gives you everything you need. I’ve been using Xfce for quite some time and...
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And the mouse in the center of your wallpaper reminds me of this video - https://vimeo.com/17087679 ... brings back memories. Thanks!!
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Deal of the Day November 5: Half off Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches (and Learn Git in a Month of Lunches, which also seems cool). Use code dotd110515au
Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches shows you how to install and use Linux for all the things you do with your OS, like connecting to a network, installing software, and securing your system. Whether you're just curious about Linux or have to get up and running for your job, you'll appreciate how ...
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"... I was worried I wouldn’t have enough money to buy software—like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and the like—to make campaign materials. The Green Party’s IT/web guy told me about Free/Open Source Software and explained the equivalents to proprietary software. I was hooked."
Larry has a great coming-to-Linux story. In general, I love when people come to Linux out of a need. In Larry’s case, it was a need for non-proprietary software to replace the expensive Adobe stuff....
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This picture of Mt. Shasta is just what I wanted for meditation.  My regards to Mr. Elliott.  Yes, I liked the story, too. :-)
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"Markup languages like Asciidoc are fantastic for people like me who don’t want to deal with formatting."
So I’m writing a book about Linux. You’ll hear a lot more about this over the next few months, but one of the most interesting things I’ve discovered is Asciidoc, which is a fantastically thorough...
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As for the writing, there is also something like LyX - it uses the styles of LaTeX without the need for the coding. You may also want to look into ReText which uses Markdown.
As for the spreadsheet, there is always Gnumeric as a standalone.
For presentations I use fullscreen PDFs regardless of the OS I am on, and of course there are the JavaScript options like S5.
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I'm super excited to be writing a book about Linux!
Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches shows you how to install and use Linux for all the things you do with your OS, like connecting to a network, installing software, and securing your system. Whether you're just curious about Linux or have to get up and running for your job, you'll appreciate how ...
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My Linux Rig (www.mylinuxrig.com) is a site about how people use Linux on their desktops. I'm writing Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches.
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