WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FREEBIES

Recently, PC Magazine did a round-up of “The Best Free Software of 2012.” After trying several of these, Joy’s computer wouldn’t start. We finally had to abandon their “Best” list. The take-home lesson: Beware of freebies unless they’re from companies you’ve heard of or have been recommended by those you trust.

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THE LINUX COMMAND LINE

According to the Linux Foundation, 81 percent of recruiters say that hiring workers who know the Linux operating system is a priority. Seems unlikely to us, but we’ll swallow it for the moment. We’re not sure which recruiters they’re talking to, but it wouldn’t hurt to get up to speed. “The Linux Command Line” by William Shotts Jr., $50 from nostarch.com, is the right book for that.

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UBUNTU, ME BUNTU TOO

Two new books on the Linux operating system make it easy to figure out.

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UBUNTU? WE BUNTU TOO

If your Windows computer won’t start and you need to get your files, try using a flash drive that has its own operating system.

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