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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 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.

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4 easy Linux projects for newbies and intermediate users

Try a new Linux distro, create and OpenPGP keypair, set up your backup scheme, or build a NAS. Any of these projects will help you become a more experienced Linux user.

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5 gifts under $50 for open-source geeks

Want to do some last-minute shopping for the Linux and open-source nerds in your life? Here are five great ideas.

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Support open-source projects this giving season

There's a long tradition of donating to charities during the holidays. Open-source projects, which freely provide so many useful tools, are a deserving cause. Here are a few suggestions of how you can show your gratitude and give back.

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Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try

Ubuntu, eat your heart out. Fedora 25 makes installation and setup simple enough for Linux newbies.

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Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation, but end users won't notice right away

Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has changed its tune regarding Linux, but don't expect to see Microsoft applications on a Linux deskotp.

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3 encryption tools for Linux that will keep your data safe

Know the pros and cons of Linux encryption methods, whether it's PGP, full-disk encryption, or an encrypted container.

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5 terminal commands every Linux newbie should know

Sometimes you'll need to use the terminal, but it's not as scary as you think.