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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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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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The Dell Precision 5520 is hobbled by Linux kernel 4.4

We really wanted the Dell Precision 5520 with Ubuntu to be a top-tier mobile Linux workstation, but we got a compatibility nightmare instead.

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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.

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Why you might want to skip Ubuntu 17.04 (or not)

Long-term support (LTS) versions of Ubuntu are released in even-numbered years. The new Ubuntu coming out in April will only be supported until 2019.

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How WebAssembly can transform how we use apps and the web

WebAssembly's embedded binary format has the ability to speed up performance and make applications available across platforms.

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Kernel 4.10 gives Linux support for AMD Ryzen multithreading

AMD adds support for Zen's SMT in kernel code.

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Kaby Lake is unleashed with Linux kernel 4.10

Kaby Lake got its groove back on Linux.

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How to easily keep your cloud files private with Rclone

Want to use Google Drive or Dropbox storage and still keep your data private? The Rclone command-line tool adds a reassuring layer of security.

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Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

UBports will show off Ubuntu Touch on a Fairphone 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Arch Linux pulls the plug on 32-bit

Arch Linux is just the first to stop offering a 32-bit (or i686) version; expect other mainstream Linux desktop distributions to follow suit.

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The new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is the little Linux laptop that can

Dell's XPS 13 Developer Edition, now with Kaby Lake and Ubuntu 16.04, is the best mainstream Linux laptop around.

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Bash basics: How to use (and scrub) your shell's command history

Bash's history feature is a useful tool, if you know how to use it, and how to keep it clean of private data.

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Why Linux users should worry about malware and what they can do about it

From updates, to VPNs, to firewalls and AV, there are several steps Linux users should take to stay safe.

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2017 could be the year of the sandboxed app

AppImages, snaps, and flatpaks will all try to make installing and running software on desktop Linux easier and safer.

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Bye bye, 2016: The Linux, Chromebook, and open-source stories of the year

A lot has happened in the world of open-source in 2016. Let's recap.