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Modern Hard drives have an internal mechanism called S.M.A.R.T. through which it is possible to know when a hard disk is about to fail. Wouldn’t it be nice of the server to Email you before such a failure?

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Windows command-line tools have advanced a lot with PowerShell, but Linux has had a much more usable terminal for many years. Here’s how you can get the best of both worlds with Cygwin, a ‘nix-style terminal for Windows PCs.

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We’re always looking for new ways to speed up everyday tasks in Ubuntu. We’ll show you some keyboard shortcuts you might not have known about, and show you how to make your own custom shortcuts.

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Are you looking forward to the stable release of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal? To help keep that enthusiasm at peak levels and show your support, we have four wonderful Natty Narwhal backgrounds created by Wyatt Kirby to share with you.

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Snackr is an Adobe AIR-based RSS ticker. Install, load it with RSS feeds, and watch the news roll right by.

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Logical Volume Manager allows for a layer of abstraction between your operating system and the disks/partitions it uses. In traditional disk management your operating system looks for what disks are available (/dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc.) and then looks at what partitions are available on those disks (/dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, etc.).

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This week we take a look at how to clone a hard disk for easy backup or duplication, resize stubbornly static windows, and create shortcuts for dozens of Windows functions.

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Do you need a file server on the cheap that is easy to setup, “rock solid” reliable with Email Alerting? will show you how to use Ubuntu, software RAID and SaMBa to accomplish just that.

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Have you been looking forward to installing LibreOffice but getting it set up before now was a total pain? Say goodbye to the hassle and enjoy easy updating using the new Launchpad PPA for LibreOffice.

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Linux systems all come with their own particular set of default browsers, but those browsers may not be the ones you want or need. This week we would like to know which browser (or browsers) are considered “must-have” on your Linux systems.

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EgFox Ubuntu Simple Blue 2010 [deviantART]

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Every week we bring you interesting trivia from the annuals of geekdom. This week in Geek History witnessed the birth of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, the patent for FM radio, and the release of wildly popular 80s arcade game Q*Bert. Read on to learn more about each event.

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We might be known for our Windows articles, but in 2010 we sure posted a lot of really in-depth articles covering Linux. Here’s the 20 best articles that we covered this year, covering everything from how to tweak your setup to how to use Linux to fix Windows.

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The new interface is a significant improvement over the old one. Previously information about your virtual machines was packed into a two-tab interface on the right hand side of the main window. The information was there but it wasn’t very well organized. Now information is more clearly organized and divided into groups like General, System, Display, Storage, Audio, Network, and two handy section at the bottom to see what USB devices and shared folders are linked to the virtual machine.

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Are you wanting access to the new official Ubuntu fonts for use on your own computer? Now you can download the whole font family and start enjoying all of that Ubuntu font goodness.

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Knowing how to check the condition of your hard disk is useful to determine when to replace your hard disk. In today’s article, we will show you some Linux disk utilities to diagnose the health of your hard disk.

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If you’re running Linux, then it’s likely that you’ve needed to change some options for your file systems.  Getting acquainted with fstab can make the whole process a lot easier, and it’s much easier than you think.

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File systems are one of the layers beneath your operating system that you don’t think about—unless you’re faced with the plethora of options in Linux. Here’s how to make an educated decision on which file system to use.

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Do you need a simple and straightforward to-do list app for your Ubuntu system? Then you may want to have a look at Pytask.

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Do you love Ubuntu and manga books? Now you can get both combined into one great package with the Ubunchu! manga series. The chapters are available as downloadable PDF files in right-to-left and left-to-right formats.

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Ubuntu Linux uses groups to help you manage users, set permissions on those users, and even monitor how much time they are spending in front of the PC. Here’s a beginner’s guide to how it all works.

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Want to dig into some classic Command & Conquer gaming for free? You can download the full game setup file for Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun to play on your Windows or Linux (with Wine installed) systems.

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If you are using the stable version of the Dropbox desktop client and have been looking forward to the new features (and bug fixes for the 0.8.x releases), then your wait is over. Now you can dig into and enjoy wonderful Sele...

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Of course, this technique is meant for real servers, but if you’ve got a Linux box sitting in your house acting as a home server, you can use it there as well. In fact, since many home ISPs block regular outbound email, you might find this technique a great way to ensure you still get administration emails, even from your home servers.

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Are you a classic computer game fan who would love to play a Super Mario style platformer on your Windows, Linux, and/or Mac systems? Then you may want to have a look at Secret Maryo Chronicles, an open source game ready to f...

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