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What Is Linux

I get asked a lot when I talk about Linux.  What is it?  What's it for?  Why do you keep talking about it? 

Well, here's my take on what Linux is.

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What Does Open Source Mean For Small Business?

I posed the question to a bunch of bloggers lately "Anyone have any open source or other software questions they need answered," and the first reply was "Yeah, what exactly *is* open source software?"

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Three Reasons Small Business Owners Should Shop For Open Source Software

I can think of a lot more, but these three points are what come immediately to mind when I think about why using open source products is a smarter way for a small business to go than using proprietary software.

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Switched Another One To Linux

I've moved another family from Widows (8 this time) over to Linux Mint.  After a few days, so far so good.

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Help With Linux IT Support

Help with Linux IT Support

You're running Linux.  Something breaks.  Now what?  Where can you find Linux IT support?  Well, there are a few places to go and things you can do to speed the process along.

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A Sudo Example — I Can Not Believe I Missed This One

sudo make me a sandwich from http://store.xkcd.com/

I came to Ubuntu from Fedora. By default, Red Hat based systems don't have sudo set up (or didn't) on new installs, so it was quite a change when I landed in UbuntuLand, where the people think su – is a terrible idea. While I disagreed for a long time, I can now think of a sudo example that has changed my mind.

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How To Evaluate Open Source Small Business Apps

I found an awesome page this week that illustrates some of the methods you ought to be using when figuring out how to implement open source small business applications.

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Three Advantages Of Open Source Software

That's it? Only THREE? There's way more than three advantages of open source software, but here's three big ones to get you thinking.

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Open Source Replacements for Proprietary Software Applications

One of the things I get asked about most are open source replacements. “What can I use instead of X…” is generally how it goes. Here are open source replacements for some common proprietary applications.

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Where Does a New Person Find Information About Open Source Software

Find Information About Open Source Software

I forget that I've been at this a while, and that finding more information about open source software is something I do without even really thinking about it. For those of you who aren't as used to knowing where to look, here's my take on how you find information about open source software. Just so you know, it gets frustrating sometimes. But it's no worse than when I was looking for how to fix my proprietary software problems, and there's usually an answer I like at the end of the search.

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