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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    The 10 most useful Linux commands

    Maybe the command line isn't your favorite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. Jack Wallen says these 10 are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life -- and he explains why.This download is also...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

    If you're new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 ways to minimize removable media headaches in Linux

    If you've shied away from Linux because of the hassle of working with removable media, you may want to take another look. Thanks to automation -- and with the help of these tips -- you may find that removable media is downright user friendly.This download is also available as

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  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things Linux does better than OS X

    OS X is heralded for its friendliness, but according to Jack Wallen, it falls short in many other respects. Find out why he says Linux is superior in everything from flexibility to portability to cost.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    Top Linux resources: Best of Jack Wallen

    Linux guru Jack Wallen has been a key contributor to our 10 Things blog over the past year, focusing on real-world Linux concerns ranging from security, network administration, and applications to decision-making topics, such as migration issues and platform comparisons. Here's a dozen of his most popular articles. You...

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 predictions for Linux and open source in 2009

    Jack Wallen believes that the new year holds a great deal of promise for the Linux OS and open source software -- from an explosion in the mobile arena to large-enterprise scalability to widespread adoption of OpenOffice 3 and the ascendancy of Firefox. See if you agree with his outlook.This...

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 things you should do to secure Apache

    If you think Apache and Linux will deflect all threats without extra security precautions, think again. As Jack Wallen explains, you need to take a number of steps to make sure Apache is a secure Web server.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 ways to help users transition to Linux

    There's no reason why switching to Linux should be traumatic for your users (or stressful for you). As Jack Wallen explains, you can set them up to succeed if you approach things the right way.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 obscure Linux applications you need to try

    With thousands of Linux tools out there, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones might get lost in the crowd. Jack Wallen introduces some excellent apps that more admins should know about.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows

    Windows 7 may be generating some positive buzz, but Jack Wallen remains skeptical. In fact, he says it's only a matter of time before Linux takes its rightful spot at the top of the OS heap.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways to go green with Linux

    From reduced packaging to energy savings to extended equipment lifecycles, Linux can help you green up your tech environment. Jack Wallen looks at some of the eco-friendly benefits of running Linux.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 reasons why GNOME is better than KDE

    A new battle is playing out in the Linux desktop arena. See why Jack Wallen believes that today's GNOME has pulled ahead of today's KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 Linux and open source developer tools you should not overlook

    To take advantage of the excellent Linux development environment, you need to have the right tools. Here's a rundown of some of the best ones out there and the features they have to offer.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways Microsoft could help Linux

    Stop the presses: Jack Wallen supports an alliance between Microsoft and Linux. Find out why he believes both camps could work together for the benefit of all concerned.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 must-have Linux Web-based tools

    There's no shortage of Web-centric Linux tools -- the trick if figuring out which ones are best for your needs. Jack Wallen offers a list of those he thinks are the cream of the crop.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04

    Ubuntu's most recent release offers numerous improvements over an already solid OS. In fact, Jack Wallen says it could be the best overall release of a Linux distribution he's ever seen.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    10 solid Linux distributions for your netbook

    You don't have to settle for an OS that's a bad fit for your netbook -- there are numerous alternatives, some of which can provide a near-laptop experience. Jack Wallen runs through the pros and cons of 10 viable Linux distributions.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 ways the Linux desktop improves the user experience

    If you've always worked with a Windows or Mac desktop, you may not know what you're missing. Jack Wallen says the Linux desktop offers numerous advantages worth checking out -- from efficient and flexible design to superior update systems.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

    KDE 4 brought some big changes to the desktop, including timesaving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers to providing on-the-fly spell-checking. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of these handy little labor-saving apps.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 reasons why open source makes sense on smart phones

    Open source brings a host of benefits to the mobile market, starting with cost savings. But as Jack Wallen explains, the advantages go much further - from better security to more customization options to more prolific application development. This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

    Teachers and school administrators are having to get creative about finding quality educational software they can afford. Jack Wallen introduces 10 topnotch open source solutions to help manage and administer educational programs and teach children of all ages.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 tools to connect to wireless networks in Linux

    Mobile Linux users have a variety of options when it comes to wireless connectivity tools. Jack Wallen outlines some of the best choices to help you find one that will work for you.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 IT flame wars that will never go away

    Anyone who has spent time in the TechRepublic forums is well acquainted with the ongoing skirmishes and philosophical conflagrations that IT pros often engage in. Jack Wallen looks at 10 of the most enduring battles being waged in the IT world.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    10 reasons Linux should be your netbook operating system

    Some users believe that Windows is the best netbook OS. But others - such as Jack Wallen - think Linux is a much better fit. Check out his reasons and see if you agree.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 Linux file managers worth checking out

    If you've never given your file manager much thought, maybe it's time to look at the wide range of features offered by Linux file management tools.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 reasons why Windows 7 could fail

    The reviews of Windows 7 have thus far been favorable -- so why does Jack Wallen think the new OS may tank? Here's his take on the impending release.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    10 reasons Ubuntu 9.10 will be a game changer for business

    The latest release of Ubuntu is just around the corner - and Jack Wallen believes it's going to make a big splash in the enterprise space.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 open source projects worth checking out

    The open source field is pretty crowded, but certain projects stand above the rest. Jack Wallen introduces 10 open source tools and solutions you don't want to overlook.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 Linux features Windows should have by default

    The Linux and Windows camps may be polarized, but Jack Wallen believes each OS could be improved by borrowing from the other. This week, he looks at how certain Linux features could benefit Windows.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 Windows features I would like to see in Linux

    Jack Wallen recently looked at how certain Linux features might improve Windows. Now he lists some things about Windows that could improve Linux.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jun 2010

    10 things I don't like about Ubuntu 10.04

    The latest version of Ubuntu may be one of the best operating systems out there. But Jack Wallen took a hard look at the OS and sure enough, he found a few areas for improvement. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jun 2010

    10 ways to dodge Linux hardware issues

    If you've been grappling with Linux hardware problems, take heart: Jack Wallen has some strategies for resolving common issues -- or avoiding them in the first place.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 things that will make you want to use Fedora again

    If you abandoned Fedora a few versions ago because of its instability, you may want to take a look at recently released Fedora 13. Jack Wallen itemizes the improvements that have made him a Fedora fan again.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 things that drive me crazy about current operating systems

    It's no secret that today's operating systems have their share of problems. Jack Wallen describes the issues that frustrate him the most (and he doesn't spare Linux).This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 reasons why your kids should be using Linux

    Providing tech support for your children can be even more challenging than your IT day job. Jack Wallen explains why he thinks Linux is better suited for those young users.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 things you can do to keep your new Linux users from bailing on you

    Before you hand off Linux machines to users who are new to the operating system, do a little prep work to ease the transition and make sure they have the tools they need.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Sep 2010

    10 reasons to make KDE 4.5 your desktop of choice

    Despite a rocky start, KDE 4 has come out on top. Jack Wallen offers a stellar review of the vastly improved KDE 4.5.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2010

    10 must-have Linux desktop enhancements

    Among the variety of enhancements for the Linux desktop, there are a few gems that will really blow you away. Jack Wallen pinpoints some additions you'll definitely want to try.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 misconceptions that are holding Linux back

    A lot of obsolete concerns are floating around and preventing users from embracing Linux. Jack Wallen debunks some of the common myths and explains what you could be missing.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 KDE tools you need to try

    KDE 4.5 offers some impressive tools for all types of Linux users. This list will point you toward the best ones to check out.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen