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Purism Librem 13 Review

Friday, 10 July 2015 - 19:59 PM - (Hardware)

Will the keyboard click enough? Is it small enough? Is it free enough? Find out below. more>>

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The Usability of GNOME

Monday, 16 February 2015 - 20:49 PM - (Software)

I work at a university, and one of our faculty members often repeats to me, "Software needs to be like a rock; it needs to be that easy to use." And, she's right. Because if software is too hard to use, no one will want to use it. more>>

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Purism Librem 15

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 - 18:22 PM - (Hardware)

I've been a fan of Free Software for quite some time, but for the most part I've found my opinions lean in the more pragmatic Bruce Perens Open Source camp. I value free software ideals but also accept other Open Source licenses that may not meet the strict definition of Free Software. I also don't refer to it as GNU/Linux. more>>

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New Products

Monday, 22 December 2014 - 19:49 PM - (Hardware)

New Products for December 2014.

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Raspi-Sump

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 20:35 PM - (Hardware)

In June 2013, we had the unfortunate luck of a basement flood, caused by a tripped electrical breaker connected to our sump pump. There are so many things that can go wrong with a sump pump. You always are on guard for power outages, blown breakers, sump pump failures, clogged pipes and all manner of issues that can arise, which ultimately can end with a flooded basement. more>>

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Readers' Choice Awards 2014

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 - 21:36 PM - (Hardware)

It's time for another Readers' Choice issue of Linux Journal! The format last year was well received, so we've followed suit making your voices heard loud again. I couldn't help but add some commentary in a few places, but for the most part, we just reported results. Please enjoy this year's Readers' Choice Awards! more>>

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Designing Electronics with Linux

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - 20:28 PM - (Software)

In many scientific disciplines, the research you may be doing is completely new. It may be so new that there isn't even any instrumentation available to make your experimental measurements. In those cases, you have no choice but to design and build your own measuring devices. more>>

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Trying to Tame the Tablet

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 - 18:50 PM - (Software)

Like many folks, I received a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet for Christmas. This brought me great joy and excitement as I began to plot my future paperless life. For most of the evening and an hour or so the next day, I was sure the new Android tablet would change my life forever. Sadly, it wasn't that easy. more>>

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Interfacing Disparate Systems

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 - 20:37 PM - (Software)

When hearing the word interface, most people probably think of a Graphical User Interface or a physical hardware interface (serial, USB). If you dabble in scripting or are a serious developer, you, no doubt, are familiar with the concept of software interfaces as well. more>>

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Fade In Pro

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 - 17:27 PM - (Software)

Fade In Pro screenshot

When I switched from Windows to Linux, I found software to replace almost everything I had been doing in Windows. Most of the software I needed was in the repos, although I did pay for a couple commercial programs. more>>

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Astronomy on the Desktop

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 - 16:53 PM - (Software)

Many people's initial exposure to science is through astronomy, and they are inspired by that first look through a telescope or their first glimpse of a Hubble image. Several software packages are available for the Linux desktop that allow users to enjoy their love of the stars. I look at several packages in this article that should be available for most distributions. more>>

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You Need A Budget

Friday, 10 February 2012 - 18:38 PM - (Software)

This time of year is often rough on finances, and although there are many money-management tools available for Linux, none are quite like You Need A Budget, or YNAB for short. Unlike traditional budgeting programs, YNAB focuses on a few simple rules to help you get out of debt and, more important, to see where your money is going. more>>

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Basic Chemistry on the GNOME Desktop

Friday, 20 January 2012 - 17:02 PM - (Software)

Avogadro

I've realized I've missed out on a huge area of computational science—chemistry. Many packages exist for doing chemistry on your desktop. This article looks at a general tool called avogadro. It can do computations of energy and gradient values. Additionally, it can do analysis of molecular systems, interface to GAMESS and import and export from and to several file formats. more>>

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Short Notices: News In Linux Audio

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 - 16:24 PM - (Software)

A Spectrum3D screenshot.

I hope all my readers enjoyed the best of the holiday season. I've been busy with the predictable confusions and minor crises that attend this time of year, but I managed to find time to jot down some recommendations for my readers. Go on, you've been good, give yourself a few extra belated gifts and don't worry if your budget's busted - it's all free software, you can't beat these deals. more>>

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Four Hidden Tools in Scribus

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 - 13:00 PM - (Software)

Scribus Logo

Scribus is a powerful tool, but its menus are poorly laid-out. While you can usually find the features you most frequently use without any trouble, others may be hidden almost anywhere. From the Extras, Script, and Windows menus to the Document Setup dialog, useful features can be positioned almost anywhere, with only the most token regard for logic. more>>

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