linux

How To Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System

The internet is full of sweet apps, but it’s also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself when you’re experimenting with new programs.


Test Software With Virtual Machine Snapshots To Keep Your PC Clean

If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their “snapshot” ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM’s state. Here’s how to set it up and use it.


Ask LH: What Operating System Should I Use For My DIY Home Server?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m ready to take the plunge and build my own home server, but I’m not sure which route I should take. I’ve seen guides for FreeNAS, Amahi and even regular ol’ desktop Linux, but which should I use? Does it even matter?


The Best Command Line Replacements For Bloated Desktop Apps

Command line utilities are often reserved for the geekiest amongst us, but many of them are actually better than desktop alternatives. In fact, many are easier to use, waste fewer resources, and often have more keyboard shortcuts. Let’s take a look at some of our favourites.


Find The Right Linux-Friendly Single Board Computer With This List

The Raspberry Pi might be the most popular single board computer out there for Linux projects, but it’s certainly not your only option. The folks over at LinuxGizmos put together a list of 40 boards that can run Linux to help you pick the right one for your projects.


Five Best Desktop Comic Book Readers

Reading paper comics is fun, but if you want to take comics with you on your laptop, or read your favourite titles on your computer’s huge display, you need a solid desktop comic reader. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.


Chromebooks Can Now Run Linux In Its Own Window

Chrome: You’ve been able to install and run Linux on Chromebooks for a while, but a new Chrome extension allows you to run it inside a window, without switching back and forth.


XBMC (Now Kodi) Gets Speed Improvements And Bug Fixes

XBMC, one of our favourite media center suites, has officially been renamed Kodi with the release of version 14 (codenamed “Helix”). The new version contains a lot of long-awaited bug fixes and speed improvements, as well as a few small feature improvements for add-ons and keyboards.


The Best Privacy And Security-Focused Web Browsers

Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well — if you let it. We’ve talked about which browsers are best for privacy before, and the best tools to lock your browser down, but there are also entire browsers designed to keep your data as secure and private as possible. Let’s take a look at some of them.


Google's Android Studio 1.0 Makes Building Apps Easy

Windows/Mac/Linux: Google’s Android Studio is out of beta, replacing Eclipse as the standard for Android application development. Aspiring Android app developers: Eclipse is still good to know, but start learning Android Studio 1.0 now.