Because it’s a key component in the Android operating system (OS), Linux remains crucial to the mobile landscape. However, while Android employs a Linux kernel, it’s far from just another Linux distribution. But Linux for mobile devices offers a completely different experience. Learn why Linux mobile is a great option, as well as drawbacks to switching from your favorite mobile OS. 7 Reasons You Should Consider Mobile Linux OSes Linux for mobile devices range from Android which utilizes a Linux kernel, to Ubuntu Touch and Sailfish OS. Although it has yet to permeate the consumer space, there are plenty of reasons to try out a mobile version of Linux 1. Security-Oriented Image Credit: Ashish_Choudhary via Pixabay Unsurprisingly, Linux for mobile boasts extreme privacy. That’s a major downside of Android and iOS. Like its desktop counterparts, mobile Linux prioritizes security. Sailfish OS, a Finnish open-source Linux platform based on Nokia’s Meego Linux, … [Read more...] about 10 Things to Consider When Switching to a Linux Smartphone OS
Linux isn’t like commercial operating systems. You aren’t limited to one interface. Some options offer imaginative new layouts, while others maintain a more established approach. If you want an experience that has been around the block for a decade or two, then MATE may just be the one for you. MATE is a Desktop Environment A desktop environment contains everything you see on your computer screen. It’s the panels that launch applications, display notifications, and show the time. It’s what manages your windows and allows you to easily switch between them. When you look at a screenshot, it’s all the elements that make you think of Windows as Windows and macOS as macOS. Windows and macOS each only provide one desktop environment. The drastic changes that surround new releases of Windows tend to be related to the desktop environment, such as the removal or addition of the Start Menu and changes to the theme. Windows 8 had an interface catered more to … [Read more...] about MATE Explained: A Look at One of Linux’s Most Enduring Desktops
The Snowden revelations of 2013 There is now an almost overwhelming amount of options, and it can be hard to know which services live up to its claims. US-based KeepSolid makes a great case for its VPN Unlimited offering, which promises security and performance for a reasonable price. We put it to the test to see if it makes a worthy choice. Why Should You Trust Us? With over a decade of experience covering apps, gadgets, and online services, we take pride in recommending the best tools for you. We recognize that not everyone has the same priorities and needs. This is why we take the time to cover a wide range of different VPN services. Our roundup of the Best VPNs Our writers are based all around the world and together we represent a diverse range of views and priorities. It helps us recognize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. We highlight the pros and cons of any tool to help you make the best choice for your needs. Setup KeepSolid has all bases covered with … [Read more...] about VPN Unlimited: A Reasonably Priced, Solid and Reliable VPN
Have a frozen app that’s locking up your Chromebook? Thankfully, it’s not difficult to close it and move on. This is one of the basic skills that every Chromebook owner should know Thanks to Chrome’s built-in task manager, it’s easy to force close any misbehaving processes: Open the Chrome browser and select the three-dot Menu in the upper-right corner. Choose More tools > Task manager. Or just press the Shift + Escape shortcut. Chrome’s Task Manager will open. Browse the list of processes to find the tab or app that’s stuck. Click the problematic app, and then hit the End process button to close it. This will instantly kill any Chrome tab or app that’s hanging. You can click one of the headers, such as Memory, to sort from most resources used to least. If an app is frozen, it will likely be near the top of the list. Thankfully, Chrome OS is quite stable so you shouldn’t have many problems with unresponsive apps. If you often do, … [Read more...] about How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps
Linux is the most widely-used free and open source operating system in the world. Unlike commercial alternatives, no single person or company can take credit. Linux is what it is due to the ideas and contributions of many individuals from all over the world. Here are some of the big names behind Linux and the ethical movements that have caused it to spread far and wide. This list by no means includes all of the people whose work has made the free desktop what it is. Instead, these are the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the Linux world, figures who founded many of the projects and organizations we now depend on. Let’s start from the beginning. Richard Stallman In 1983, Richard Stallman started the GNU Project. This initiative sought to create a non-proprietary Unix-compatible operating system and is responsible for many of the programs we use today. Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation a couple years later and went on to become the most prominent face of the free software … [Read more...] about Who Made Linux and Why Is It Free?
Even though WiFi is everywhere these days, you will find yourself without it from time to time. And when you do, there may be certain websites you wish you could access while offline — perhaps for research, entertainment, or posterity. For example, if you’re to embark on a 12-hour international flight, downloading an entire website can be a great alternative to ebooks, audiobooks, podcasts, and movies. Examples of good and interesting infodump websitesMichael Bluejay’s guides and Wait But Why. But how do you go about downloading an entire website? It’s easier than you think! Here are four tools you can use to do the job for you, nearly zero effort required. 1. WebCopy (Windows) WebCopy by Cyotek takes a website URL and scans it for links, pages, and media. As it finds pages, it recursively looks for more links, pages, and media until the whole website is discovered. Then you can use the configuration options to decide which parts to download offline. The … [Read more...] about How Do I Download an Entire Website for Offline Reading?
Microsoft has long moved on from Windows XP, an operating system which launched a decade and a half ago. Though Windows 10 is now the latest and greatest, for some people XP cannot be beat. As such, we’re going to show you how to revive Windows XP on Windows 10. Whether it’s bringing back XP features like the Quick Launch bar, making Windows 10 look like its younger sibling, or going all out and running XP in a virtual machine, there’s sure to be something here which will be a blast from the past. If you have your own tips to share for having a bit of XP in 10, be sure to let us know in the comments. 1. Run XP Software Software and games are designed to be compatible with specific operating systems. That’s great if the program is newer or still updated, but problematic if there’s something that was built for the XP days that you still want to run. This could be a bit of legacy enterprise software or maybe a retro game. Windows is pretty good at backwards … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Revive Windows XP on Windows 10
You just overclocked your GPU or installed a new hardware component in your PC. Is it working? Benchmarking is a great way to take a snapshot of your PC’s performance, and the best benchmarking software is often free to use. Whether you want to assess how poorly, or how well, your PC is performing, everyone can benefit from a good benchmark General Performance Benchmarking software typically allows for overclocking or fan speed settings changes. These options allow users to configure hardware changes through software. Keep in mind, benchmarking your PC is a bit more complex than simply running software. Head to our article on how to benchmark like a pro 1. CPU-Z CPU-Z will essentially provide users with a complete rundown of your PC’s hardware specifications, particularly concerning your CPU. It also provides specifications for your motherboard, RAM, and graphics card, making it a great all around program to visualize hardware makes and models. You can even save a TXT file … [Read more...] about The 10 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows
Finally. Almost a decade after Apple launched its App Store and more than five years after the Windows Store first became available to the public in February 2012, Microsoft has, at last, managed to forge an app store worth spending time in. Maybe I’m being harsh. The horror of the Windows 8 version, which was cluttered with fake appssecurity issues But in the last few months, it’s taken another giant leap forward. We knew it was going to happen: Microsoft said we could expect a slew of popular apps to hit the Store when it announced Windows 10 S Here are 10 popular apps you didn’t know were in the Windows Store. 1. Microsoft Office 365 Personal When Microsoft launched Windows 10 S in early 2017, it also announced a Windows Store version of Microsoft Office 365. Unfortunately, it was only available to users with a Surface laptop. That’s now changed: all users can buy an Office 365 subscription However, if you’re thinking of investing, there are a couple … [Read more...] about 10 Apps You Didn’t Know Were in the Windows Store
Since Alexander Graham Bell shared his unbridled excitement with Watson, telephony has come a long way. From the short-range telephone right up to mobile phone which has now become an extension of our personalities, telephony is one technology has evolved rapidly through the past few decades. Image Credit: Nednapa Sopasuntorn via Shutterstock Certain aspects have not developed at quite the same pace though. Skype for Linux has been one of those developments that has unfortunately drawn the short straw. While the Windows and Mac flavors steamed ahead, the Qt Linux Skype client felt like a narcotic addiction. If you wanted to communicate via Skype you needed it, but it felt so watered down and archaic. The Qt Linux Skype client was deprecated in March 2017 to make way for its slick younger brother. Skype for Linux is now available for download, but is it as full featured as its Windows and Mac cousins? Let’s take a closer look. Download and Install You will obviously need a Linux … [Read more...] about Is Skype for Linux Finally Good Enough for Windows Switchers?