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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro

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TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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The Importance of Static Social Media Buttons

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So, let's talk social media buttons. You know them; you probably see them on most sites that you visit these days. The little badges or icons that load, encouraging you to click on them to either connect with the associated social media account or to share the article you may be reading at the…

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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?

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We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts

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In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

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Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?

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Now, don't get me wrong - when it comes to choice of desktop interface it's a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity…

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How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop

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Many of you can probably relate to this: that machine, whether it be a laptop or a desktop computer, that just seems to hate any Linux operating system you throw at it. Poor performance, inefficiency or non-working bits of hardware or functionalities seem the norm whenever you try your favourite…

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GOG.com bringing Linux support is a great thing

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you would have heard about GOG.com (formally known as Good Old Games) finally announcing they will be adding Linux support! I think this is a great thing and here's 5 good reasons why. Now okay, technically, they are (at least initially)…

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Linux containers slide into the Windows Server beta

Microsoft and Linux continue to cuddle closer on the cloud and servers.

Two Open Source Licensing Questions: The AGPL and Facebook

RedMonk: In many settings, open source licensing today is considered a solved problem.

Busting the myth that net neutrality hampers investment

At Mozilla we believe the current rules provide vital protections to ensure that ISPs don’t act as gatekeepers for online content and services.

The Future of HHVM

Facebook: Several months ago, PHP officially announced the end-of-life for PHP5.

Early Linux 4.14 Kernel Benchmarks Are Looking Promising

Phoronix: I've begun running some Linux 4.14-rc1 kernel benchmarks and in some areas there appears to be nice gains with this in-development kernel.

Portable Android SDR player supports DRM and DAB

Titus SDR's Android-based "Titus II" Software Defined Radio receiver has a 7-inch touchscreen, a WiFi hotspot, and support for FM, AM, DRM, DAB, and DAB+.

How to use Let's Encrypt to secure your website

ZDnet: Let's Encrypt is easy to use and free -- no wonder it's the most popular Certificate Authority for securing websites.

4 ways to check size of physical memory (RAM) in Linux

4 different commands to get memory information from Linux server.

What's New In Linux Lite 3.6

What's new in the latest Linux lite release?

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Arma 3 1.76 for Linux is planned, work on it to start "soon"

Tags: Action, FPS, Steam, Virtual ProgrammingBohemia Interactive have announced in their latest "SITREP" that the Linux version of Arma 3 will be…

The Mooseman, a short side-scrolling adventure just released for Linux

Tags: Steam, Adventure, Indie GameIn the mood for something a little out there? Well, The Mooseman [Steam] a short side-scroller might just hit the…

Stylish FPS 'Morphite' released without Linux support, but it's coming

Tags: Steam, FPS, Adventure, Coming Soon, DelayedSadly, Morphite [Steam] has seen a delay with the Linux version. Thankfully, the developer was quick…

We have a review of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, Commander

Tags: Strategy, DLC, SteamNow I’ve had a little time with it, here’s some early thoughts on the huge expansion XCOM 2: War of the Chosen…

A look at some great Linux & SteamOS racing games available in 2017

Tags: RacingWe’ve come a long way since SuperTuxKart, here’s my little listicle of interesting racing games available for Linux &…

The SteamWorld Dig 2 launch trailer shows off what lurks in the deep

Tags: Steam, Coming Soon, Indie Game, Platformer, AdventureAre you ready to get digging again? As SteamWorld Dig 2 [Steam, Official Site] launches on…

Valve makes adjustments to user reviews due to review bombing with 'histogram' charts

Tags: Editorial, SteamReview bombing is becoming more and more common, so Valve are looking into ways to sort out the mess that Steam user reviews…

Homestuck adventure game HIVESWAP: Act 1 releases without promised Linux support

Tags: Adventure, Indie Game, Point & Click, DelayedLooks like another possible Kickstarter disappointment. The game Hiveswap: Act 1, by Homestuck…

Setting a primary monitor for launching games in a dual monitor rig

Tags: Hardware, HOWTO, VideoI used to chuckle smugly whenever Liam wrote an article about yet another game that launches on the wrong monitor. That…

Blowing everyone up in EVERSPACE, my thoughts

Tags: Review, Action, Roguelike, Steam, Unreal EngineAfter a long wait, EVERSPACE [Steam] arrived for Linux recently, here’s my thoughts of…

Back to Bed, an interesting and slightly weird puzzle game is currently free on Steam

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Free GameJust a quick tip here: Back to Bed [Official Site], an interesting and slightly weird puzzle game is currently…

The Humble Very Positive Bundle 2 is an awesome deal

Tags: Game BundleLow on cash? Here to help! The Humble Very Positive Bundle 2 is a damn good deal going right now with great Linux games. For "Pay…

Ostriv, a city-builder set in the 18th century will have Linux support

Tags: City Builder, Coming Soon, Indie GameOstriv [Official Site] is a city-builder built by one developer and I think it looks reasonably…

The developers of "Burst The Game" address the asset flip accusations and say Linux fixes are coming

Tags: Action, FPS, Free Game, SteamBurst The Game [Steam], a free to play online FPS recently launched into Steam Early Access, the problem was it…

Hollow Knight to add a Halloween free content update with lots of new content

Tags: Coming Soon, Action, Platformer, Indie GameNeed more Hollow Knight? Your wish has been answered, as more free content is heading to this…