Top 5: Linux hardware, open source tools for college, and more

Top 5: Linux hardware, open source tools for college, and more

Top 5 articles of the week
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In this week's Top 5, we highlight education, Linux-friendly hardware, and more.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 5 great KDE apps to help you study 

Zsolt Szakács shares tools for people who want to learn new skills or practice existing ones. With typing, geography, music, and more, there's something in here for everyone.

4. 10 ways the GIMP image editor changed my life

The GIMP is old enough to drink in Canada, so to celebrate Carl Hermansen shares 10 ways the iconic software has changed his life. He's used it to create logos, DJ press kits, retail packaging, and more all while developing his professional skills and becoming a part of the community.

3. 3 alternatives to LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice Writer is the most widely-used word processor, but there are other choices out there. Community Moderator Scott Nesbitt takes a look at three of them, and several more are mentioned in the comments.

2. A list of open source tools for college

Proprietary software has a strong foothold in higher ed, but it doesn't have to. Aaron Cocker shares some open source tools he uses as he pursues a bachelor's degree in Computing.

1. 3 off-the-shelf Linux computers compared

Jim Salter takes a look at computers from three different manufacturers that ship with Linux off-the-shelf. It's a thorough review with lots of pictures, so you'll want to take a look.

About the author

Ben Cotton - Ben Cotton is a meteorologist by training and a high-performance computing engineer by trade. Ben works as a technical evangelist at Cycle Computing. He is a Fedora user and contributor, co-founded a local open source meetup group, and is a member of the Open Source Initiative and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at