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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.
Is The New Ubuntu Phone An Android-Killer? Probably Not.
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 7, 2013
Canonical's Ubuntu phone faces some tough challenges if it wants to compete directly with iOS and Android for mainstream smartphone users.
How to Create a Bulletproof Ubuntu Installation
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published January 2, 2013
Tips on setting up a Ubuntu install you don't have to worry about it.
Top 10 Things Ubuntu Is Doing Right
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 17, 2012
Its Debian foundations, strong brand name, Canonical support and many other features are helping Ubuntu bring Linux to a wider audience.
Consequences of Dell Embracing Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 10, 2012
At this point, Dell offers only one compelling Ubuntu-based product for home users--not enough to show that it is taking desktop Linux seriously.
Is Ubuntu Software Management User Friendly?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published December 4, 2012
The Ubuntu Software Center offers some benefits for newbies, but it's missing some key functionality.
20 Ubuntu Apps For Daily Life
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 27, 2012
These are the applications I use every day on my Ubuntu system.
Proprietary Software for Ubuntu--What Will It Mean?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 21, 2012
Ubuntu-only versions of proprietary software could lead to a divide within the Linux community.
Will 2013 Be the Year of the Ubuntu Desktop?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 12, 2012
Linux continues to attract new desktop users, but significant challenges remain.
Absolutely Amazing Ubuntu Alternatives
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published November 5, 2012
Linux users live in an Ubuntu world, yet that doesn’t mean there aren’t great alternatives.
Will XP Users Shun Windows 8 in Favor of Ubuntu?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 30, 2012
While Ubuntu use is growing, a flood of new users is unlikely unless the open source community does a better job of getting the word out.
Protecting Your Ubuntu Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Security Article Published October 22, 2012
A quick guide to security on your Ubuntu Linux desktop.
Why Ubuntu's Donation Model is Brilliant
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 16, 2012
Ubuntu’s request for user donations could use some tweaks, yet it’s a system worth supporting.
Is Ubuntu Shutting Out Old PCs?
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 8, 2012
While understandable, Ubuntu’s focus on newer hardware has a distinct downside.
Fallout from Ubuntu's New Shopping Lens
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published October 1, 2012
Ubuntu users are irritated (or worse) about the Amazon affiliate program. Yet there are solutions.
How I Saved a Mac Using Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 25, 2012
Strange but true: a Mac meltdown was prevented using a Linux desktop.
Getting the Most From Ubuntu: 20 Tips
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 17, 2012
Tricks, techniques and apps to supercharge your Ubuntu desktop.
Grudge Match: Ubuntu 12.10 vs openSUSE 12.2
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 10, 2012
Which of these Linux desktops is superior? That may depend on who’s using them.
20 Must Have Ubuntu Apps for Productivity
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published September 4, 2012
Linux desktop apps to help you work faster and more efficiently.
Top 10 Worst Applications for Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published August 27, 2012
These Ubuntu apps probably won’t be your personal favorites.
Division Within GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published August 22, 2012
Despite all the handwringing, GNOME just might survive after all.
15 Must Have Linux Applications
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published August 16, 2012
Essential Linux apps for the efficient open source desktop.
Three Top Ubuntu Alternatives
By Matt Hartley | Open Source Article Published August 7, 2012
Sure, you like Ubuntu. But the Linux world offers more choices.