More articles by Matt Hartley

Hardening Ubuntu Security
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 23, 2015
For Ubuntu security, mind your ports – and remember that your web browser is a scary thing.
State of VoIP in Linux
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 16, 2015
A handful of Linux VoIP tools are vying to be the leader in the field.
15 Must Have Ubuntu Enhancements
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 9, 2015
Linux tools to improve your Ubuntu desktop, from accessing and sending files to launching applications.
Linux Remote Desktop Roundup
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 2, 2015
Remote Linux desktop software enables support options that make a big difference for Linux users.
The Reality of the Ubuntu Phone
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 23, 2015
The Ubuntu phone has created some buzz, and while it faces big challenges, this phone has some real advantages.
The Dangers of Boutique Linux Distros
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 16, 2015
These small, more adventurous Linux distros have some clear advantages -- but be aware of the downsides.
Best Linux Software of All Time
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 9, 2015
Ten top picks for best Linux software to get the most from your desktop.
Which Linux Desktop is Right For You?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 2, 2015
Is a Linux desktop with a lot of bells and whistles best for you? Or do you like a simpler desktop?
Windows vs Linux: The 2015 Version
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 26, 2015
Both Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux have strengths and weaknesses. Which one is a better fit for you?
Secret to Desktop Linux Adoption
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 20, 2015
If Linux is to see greater desktop adoption, one group of tech savvy individuals needs to take the lead.
Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 12, 2015
Resistance to Linux among Mac users is considerable, but some Linux applications get the job done.
Why You Should Switch to Ubuntu MATE Edition
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 22, 2014
If you prefer a Linux desktop with a streamlined workflow, Ubuntu MATE Edition is a good choice.
Linux Malware vs Phishing Schemes
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 15, 2014
Are Linux users more threatened by malware or phishing schemes? The difference isn’t even close.
Linux Mobile-Desktop Convergence
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 8, 2014
Linux mobile-desktop convergence remains elusive, and may actually not be the best goal.
The Case Against Rolling Release Linux Distros
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 17, 2014
In many cases, using a rolling release Linux distro requires more work for the user.
Ubuntu Laptop Buying Guide
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 3, 2014
Selecting the best Ubuntu laptop for your needs requires understanding the market for Linux compatible laptops.
12 Must Have Android Apps
By Matt Hartley | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 20, 2014
A collection of must have Android apps for tasks you handle most every day.
The Divisive Linux Community
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 14, 2014
Linux users find a lot to argue about, from audio tools to gaming to proprietary code.
Time to Replace XFCE?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 6, 2014
The XFCE Linux desktop has much to recommend it, yet users might also look at alternatives.
Web Software vs. Native Linux Software
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 29, 2014
Both Web-based software and Linux software offer significant costs savings. Is one actually better in the long term?
ChromeOS vs Linux: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 16, 2014
In the battle between ChromeOS and Linux, both desktop environments have strengths and weaknesses.
Top Linux Myths Dispelled
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 8, 2014
Linux myths are many and varied, yet a look beneath the surface reveals how mistaken they are.
Top Linux Productivity Apps
By Matt Hartley | Applications Article Published August 18, 2014
Linux apps for time-tracking, dual monitor, editing, storage syncing and more.
Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published August 11, 2014
Linux benefits outweigh Linux challenges, yet the desktop clearly offers both.
Best Linux Browsers
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 21, 2014
Pros and cons of the best browsers for the Linux desktop, including Firefox, Chrome and other browsers.
Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candidates
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 14, 2014
The best Linux desktops for both newbie and advanced users, focusing on desktop ease of use and Linux tool set.
Why XFCE is the Best Linux Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 30, 2014
XFCE earn one pundit's Best Linux Desktop for its ease of use and repair, and its facility with older systems. 
Switching to Ubuntu: User Tips
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 23, 2014
Switching to Ubuntu isn’t hard, but these useful tips should ease any potential hassles.
14 Apps To Boost Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Applications Article Published June 9, 2014
Apps to get the most from Ubuntu or any Linux desktop.
Are Ubuntu Derivatives a Bad Idea?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 2, 2014
Ubuntu-based customized distros have significant advantages, but beware of the downsides as well.
Is Desktop Linux Secure?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published May 13, 2014
In the wake of Heartbleed, is the Linux desktop truly safe?
Should You Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published May 5, 2014
Advice on making the Ubuntu upgrade decision and tips to make the upgrade process easier.
Why I Switched to GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 14, 2014
GNOME isn’t the desktop for everyone, yet it has clear advantages over competitors.
Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 7, 2014
Plenty of supposed tech experts attempt to review Linux without truly understanding it.
My Top Linux Frustrations of 2014
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 31, 2014
A veteran Linux user talks about syncing, special effects, Office compatibility and other concerns.
Graduating from Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 24, 2014
A survey of alternate Linux distributions for those users seeking to broaden their horizons.
Is Ubuntu Animosity Misplaced?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 10, 2014
Ubuntu receives a healthy dose of criticism even as it does a great deal to move Linux forward.
Why XFCE beats KDE and GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 3, 2014
XFCE provides a better user experience, offering a stable and easily understood desktop environment.
How to Avoid Breaking Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 24, 2014
Ubuntu, like any Linux distro, isn't infallible, but these tips will better secure your desktop.
Life without a Windows Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Applications Article Published February 17, 2014
A Linux user talks about assembling an open source desktop with complete functionality.
Ubuntu vs. Rolling Release Distributions
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 10, 2014
With a rolling release Linux distribution, users don’t have to downgrade an entire release cycle because of one or two bad packages.
What Chrome OS Needs to Expand Adoption
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 28, 2014
Driven the low cost Chromebooks, the Chrome OS has major potential to expand market share – if it can improve functionality.
GNOME: Key to Linux Desktop Unification?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 13, 2014
A look at GNOME's development indicates it will play an enduring role in the growth of the Linux desktop.
The Linux Software Store Conundrum
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 18, 2013
Surveying the choices, the Linux OS could use a better retail online outlet.
Linux Desktop's Missed Opportunities
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 18, 2013
If Windows users consider migrating, does the Linux desktop offer a clear and easy choice?
KDE vs GNOME: Settings, Apps, Widgets
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 7, 2013
Video: While one desktop appears clearly superior to the other, its rival offers some better apps for key uses.
Linux Commands: Video of Time-Saving Commands
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 17, 2013
A look at some Linux commands that save time and improve work efficiency. 
Open Source Alternatives that Ease the Transition to Linux
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 29, 2013
These Linux applications might help free you from legacy software that only runs on Windows.
Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 22, 2013
Kubuntu offers many of the same features as Ubuntu, but uses the KDE desktop instead of Unity.
Ubuntu vs. Debian
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 15, 2013
Debian offers a speedy, stable desktop Linux experience—if you're willing to put in a little work.
Linux Desktops: Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 8, 2013
How do these two newbie-friendly Linux distributions compare?
Fedora vs. Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published July 1, 2013
Does Fedora offer a viable alternative to Ubuntu?
Mandriva Linux: Which Fork Is Right for You?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 24, 2013
Mageia and PCLinuxOS are good options, while mainline Mandriva and OpenMandriva are less impressive.
Ubuntu Support: How to Get Help
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 17, 2013
The Ubuntu Forums can be a great resource -- but don't forget good 'ol Google search.
Things to Consider when Purchasing Ubuntu Laptops
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 10, 2013
Should you buy a laptop with Ubuntu pre-installed, purchase a Windows system or go for a PC without a pre-installed operating system?
Open Source Windows Applications
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published June 4, 2013
These are some of the best open source software titles available for Windows.
Ubuntu vs. Windows 8: Which Is Better Overall?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published May 20, 2013
It's much easier to find a system with Windows 8 pre-installed, but Ubuntu offers a better interface and better apps.
Chrome vs. Firefox
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published May 15, 2013
Which browser is better for desktop Linux users?
Ubuntu Software
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published May 6, 2013
These are some of the most useful applications available for Ubuntu Linux.
Ubuntu Drivers
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 29, 2013
These tips can help you find and install the Ubuntu drivers you need for video cards, printers, scanners and wireless devices.
How to Setup a USB Drive that Can Run or Install Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 22, 2013
If you're on Windows or a Mac and would like to give Ubuntu a try, follow these steps to install Ubuntu on a USB drive.
Ubuntu Software Center Explored
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 15, 2013
Find out where the Ubuntu Software Center came from, how it works and what alternatives are available.
Ubuntu File Sharing
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 8, 2013
These six tools allow you to share files across your local network or via the cloud.
Ubuntu Virtual Machine: Guest and Host
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published April 1, 2013
Thinking about running an Ubuntu virtual machine? Here are some things to consider.
OpenSUSE 12.3 vs. Ubuntu 13.04
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 25, 2013
While Ubuntu is still a great choice for newbies, OpenSUSE 12.3 is ideal for more advanced Linux users.
Dispelling FUD About Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 18, 2013
You don't have to love everything Ubuntu does, but don't forget its noteworthy achievements and contributions to the Linux community.
Ubuntu Display Server Fallout
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 11, 2013
The rivalry between Mir and Wayland could serve to make both projects stronger.
Google Chrome OS vs. Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published March 4, 2013
See how the two operating systems compare for installation, look and feel, and peripheral support.
Why the Ubuntu Tablet Is a Winner
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 25, 2013
The mobile versions of Ubuntu are impressive, but the OS may have more success on tablets than on smartphones.
Why More People Are Choosing Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 19, 2013
Ubuntu is succeeding in areas where many other desktop Linux distributions have failed.
The Impact of Microsoft Office for Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 11, 2013
If the rumors are true and Microsoft releases a version of Office for Ubuntu, what will that mean for enterprises, for Ubuntu and for competing products like LibreOffice and Google Docs?
Ubuntu: What They're Doing Right and Wrong
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published February 4, 2013
The Linux distribution does a great job with peripheral detection, community, easy backup, the Software Center and more.
Pros and Cons of a Ubuntu Rolling Release
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 29, 2013
Abandoning the time-based release schedule could provide easier access to bleeding-edge technology, but would it sacrifice stability?
Head-to-Head Desktop Comparison: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. OS X Mountain Lion
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 21, 2013
See how the two operating systems compare from a casual user's perspective with regards to installation, software and hardware.
How to Overcome Common Ubuntu Hassles
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 14, 2013
These suggestions can make it easier to choose your hardware, find the software you need, extend the battery life for your laptop, and more.




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