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Alex is a tech tinkerer who built his first computer while in middle school. Alex is also a huge Linux geek and loves all things open-source and web.

A graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Alex also spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Before that, he was a computer science major. He still writes a few lines of code from time to time.

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How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide

Trying Linux is easy--you can even install it on a USB drive or disc to try it out before committing. Enter the world of open-source here.

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All about Debian 9 'Stretch,' the Linux distro that just works

Debian is built for those who crave a system that will "just work" instead of being on the bleeding edge. We take a close look at the latest Debian 9 "Stretch" release.

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The SambaCry scare gives Linux users a taste of WannaCry-Petya problems

SambaCry, a big vulnerability in SMB/CIFS, has been patched, but users may need to take action to stay safe.

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How to use Evernote in Linux

Evernote still doesn't officially support Linux, but that doesn't mean you can't get your note-taking on.

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3 reasons to turn your Raspberry Pi into a DNS server with dnsmasq

Don't have a DD-WRT router? Get some of the same DHCP and DNS features with a Raspberry Pi.

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The System76 Galago Pro is a fierce featherweight competitor for Linux lovers

Linux laptop lovers now have more choices. The System76 Galago Pro challenges the Dell XPS 13 for slimmest and fastest portable.

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Why installing a text-mode web browser is a good idea

A text-based web browser like Links can save the day when Linux experimentation goes awry and prevents you from using a GUI.

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Fight ransomware by running Windows in Linux as a virtual machine

You can minimize the damage caused by malware by running Windows in Linux as a virtual machine. A virtual machine's isolation helps keep you out of trouble. Here's how to do it.

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Sync your files for free, and maintain privacy, using open-source Syncthing

Linux-based Syncthing lets you sync data for free and control who's is able to see it.

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4 ways to take control of your Wi-Fi connections on Linux

Get better performance and security when using your Wi-Fi on Linux by editing your connections.

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The Dell Precision 5520 lets you get to work in Ubuntu 16.04

Dell's Precision 5520 is a great Linux workstation out of the box, and it's a powerful laptop, too.

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3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04

The latest version of Ubuntu doesn't have a long list of upgrades for the desktop, but these three features are worth checking out.

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Why Ubuntu dumping Unity is a good thing

While Unity 8 was something a lot of Ubuntu fans looked forward to, rolling with the GNOME project again has some positive points.

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How to have a Linux home server on the cheap

Whether it's for the home or home office, a Linux server can provide an array of digital services for the family or a budding business.