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Some Firefox 52 Users on Linux Left Without Sound

The issue at the heart of this problem is that Mozilla dropped support for ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and is now requiring Linux users to have installed the PulseAudio library to support audio playback inside Firefox.

How to start, stop, and restart services in Linux

Controlling services in Linux doesn't have to be a confounding experience. Here's how the process works, and why it is often seen as an overly complicated task.

7 Reasons to Use Debian (and 3 Reasons Not To)

In twenty-four years, Debian has gone from one of half a dozen leading distributions to the premier representative of Linux. Its derivatives Linux Mint and Ubuntu are the most popular distributions today, and new security and server distributions are likely to be based on Debian itself.

A $6 Linux computer that plays Doom: Could this tiny Chinese clone challenge the Raspberry Pi Zero?

Another day, another would-be Raspberry Pi challenger, this time the tiny LicheePi Zero, which sells for as little as $6.

Linux in Munich: 'No compelling technical reason to return to Windows,' says city's IT chief

The man who runs Munich's central IT says there is no practical reason for the city to write off millions of euros and years of work to ditch its Linux-based OS for Windows.

Open source: Free as in beer, puppy... or mattress?

When open source first started to become mainstream in the 90s, there was a good deal of debate about what 'free software' meant.

Kaby Lake is unleashed with Linux kernel 4.10

The guy behind the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, has built version 4.10 of the mainline kernel—nicknamed “Fearless Coyote.” Like any new kernel, version 4.10 has a slew of improvements for compatibility with a wide range of hardware. As I was digging through the commit log to see what’s new (a lot, actually), an entry on Kaby Lake caught my eye.

How my new laptop illustrates one of the best things about Linux

In January I wrote several times about my new low-priced ASUS X540S laptop, and how I loaded a variety of Linux distributions on it. I've been using the system for over a month now, and during that time I have come to like it even more than I did initially.

What to Do After Installing Debian

Debian is not like most Linux distributions. The Debian installer is more thorough than most, and steers you unsubtly towards free software. As a result, configuring Debian after installation is unusual, too. Depending on your needs and preferences, post-installation setup can include steps necessary after installing any distributions, steps necessary for any Debian installation, and steps for using proprietary software.

Raspberry Pi Zero W: The smart person's guide

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the tiny $10 computer, the latest from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Why a Chrome OS and Android merger isn't what we really need

If you're a Chromebook user, you might have momentarily longed for an Android app or two for ChromeOS. Here's why this might not be such a good idea.

Best Linux for Old Laptops

Linux is known for offering tremendous overall hardware compatibility, but Linux is most famous for its compatibility with older laptop hardware. This article will share some of the best Linux distros for old laptop hardware and also touch on what the minimum requirements are for each distro.

How Ironic: Harman Kardon’s Microsoft Cortana Speaker Is Powered by Linux

And since Cortana is the key feature of this little device, it only makes sense for Harman Kardon to turn to Windows 10 to power the device. And yet, it looks like the so-called Harman Kardon is actually running Linux.

FLOSS Weekly 422: Arduino Update

This week's guest, Kathy Giori, manages Arduino's US business operations, establishes strategic partnerships, engages in Maker community and open source software events, looks for ways to boost Arduino education and training, and volunteers for workshops and hackathons.

Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk

Windows users will have to wait another three weeks to patch two serious vulnerabilities with exploit code when Microsoft's regular patching schedule resumes.

5 Signs That Show You’re a Linux Geek

While Linux is certainly very easy to use, there are some activities surrounding it that are seen as more complex than others. While they can be all be avoided easily enough, they do have a certain, geeky appeal. How many of them do you follow?

Best Linux File Sharing Tips

Today's article is going to provide you with some useful Linux file sharing tips using common file sharing software. This article assumes two things. First, you're running Ubuntu. Second, you're comfortable typing recommended commands into a terminal window.

Hands-on: New PCLinuxOS installation images

Good news: there are new PCLinuxOS installation images available! I'm going to see how they work, and what else might be new, different, and interesting about them.

99.6 percent of new smartphones run Android or iOS

Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share.

Microsoft's monthlong patch delay could pose risks

Microsoft has decided to bundle its February patches together with those scheduled for March, a move that at least some security experts disagree with.

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