LINUX IS CONFUSING. THESE ARTICLES SHOULD HELP.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes unlocking cell phones, ripping DVDs, removing eBook DRM, and jailbreaking tablets illegal in the USA. However, there’s another surprise: simply watching a DVD on Linux is also illegal.

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We always hear how important it is to backup your data, but do we think about backing up our web-based email? We have shown you how to backup your Gmail account using programs in Windows, but what if you are using Linux?

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Linux users often use the terminal to accomplish tasks. This can be intimidating if you’re a new Linux user who wants a graphical environment that’s easy to come to grips with, but you shouldn’t be put off by the Linux terminal.

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Over the last year the Raspberry Pi, a cheap credit-card sized computer, has taken the computing and DIY world by storm. Read on as we guide you through everything from buying to powering to running the tiny dynamo.

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Web browsers normally save your private data – history, cookies, searches, downloads, and more – and only delete it when you ask. If you are constantly clearing it, you can have any browser automatically clear private data when you close it.

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Linux’s file system has quite a few differences from the Windows file system. You won’t find any drive letters or backslashes, but you will find an alien-looking layout where files can have the same name, differing only in capitalization.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as the $25 Raspberry Pi has finally gone on sale, a new malware is sleeping its way into financial institutions, SkyDrive users are now able share Office documents with non-Microsoft account holders, and more.

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Install many third-party .deb packages on Ubuntu – even mainstream, high-quality software like Google Chrome and Skype – and you will see an error saying the package is of bad quality. We will explain what this scary-looking error actually means.

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rsync is a protocol built for Unix-like systems that provides unbelievable versatility for backing up and synchronizing data.  It can be used locally to back up files to different directories or can be configured to sync across the Internet to other hosts.

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Believe it or not, there are antivirus programs targeted at desktop Linux users. If you have just switched to Linux and started looking for an antivirus solution, don’t bother – you do not need an antivirus program on Linux.

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On the surface your operating system’s file system might just look like a big pile of folders, but surely there is more to it than that. Read on as we investigate what lies beneath the surface of the file system.

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A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more.

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If you’ve heard anything at all about Linux, you’ve probably heard of Linux distributions – often shortened to “Linux distros.” When deciding to use Linux – on a desktop computer or server – you’ll first need to choose a distro.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows 8 Fast Startup feature can put data at risk on dual-boot systems, a critical Ruby on Rails bug threatens 200,000+ sites, Microsoft confirms Windows Live Messenger – Skype transition bugs, and more.

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Linux has come a long way, but you may still need to run Windows applications occasionally – especially Windows-only PC games. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to run Windows applications on Linux.

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Our first edition of WIG for 2013 is filled with news link coverage on topics such as six states have outlawed employer snooping on Facebook, Sony has filed a patent for tech to block used games, a father hired in-game “hitmen” to deter his son from playing video games, and more.

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Steam for Linux is finally out. Whether you’re an old Linux user who’s never cared much about gaming performance or a new user dipping your toes into Linux gaming, we’ll help get those games running as smoothly as possible.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as an IE flaw allows attackers and advertisers to track cursor movement, Microsoft will retire its Live Mesh PC-sync service in February, Yahoo has revamped its e-mail service & continues overhaul on Flickr, and more.

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Two-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification, provides additional security for your online accounts. Even if someone discovers your password, they’ll need a special one-time code to log in after you enable two-factor authentication on these services.

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We’ve covered using Google Drive on Linux with third-party software, but why bother jumping through those hoops? You can use a cloud storage service that officially supports Linux instead – several of Google Drive’s competitors do.

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When Google announced Google Drive, they promised Linux support. That was about 7 months ago. While Google said Google Drive for Linux was “still a priority” back in July, it seems it’s no longer a priority.

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We previously covered watching Netflix on Linux and concluded that using a virtual machine was your best bet. There’s now an even better solution – a “Netflix Desktop” app that allows you to watch Netflix on Linux.

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We’ve talked about how to use LVM before, but what if you wanted to accomplish the same tasks only with a comfortable graphical interface? HowTo Geek dives into how to manage LVM drives with a GUI.

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Note: We write and schedule our articles far in advance. We certainly didn’t specifically mean to publish this post a day after yet another shooting. That said, video games don’t cause these incidents.

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