What Linux needs to make it a better mobile desktop

Jack Wallen has a few suggestions that could help make Linux on the laptop a much-improved experience.

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I have a bit of a confession to make. Although Linux is my operating system of choice on the desktop, I tend to skip over my open source-powered laptop in favor of either a MacBook Pro or Chromebook when I’m working beyond my desk. I know…blasphemy, right? I’ve reached a point in my career and life where I need the tools to be able to get my jobs done as efficiently as possible and without frustration or headache. 

To be absolutely fair, primary reasons why I overlook my one Linux laptop are because it’s too big and the keyboard is absolutely terrible. Given I am a writer by profession, a bad keyboard can be a deal-breaker. Once again, in favor of honesty, the 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard isn’t much better. The “butterfly” keys are loud and way too prone to sticking. My 2015 Pixel was, at one point, an absolute dream machine, but the battery life is waning, and sometimes ChromeOS can be a bit flaky with the trackpad.

Yet, I still opt to grab one of those over the 14-inch

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX first drive review: Yep, we got it to fly

“Now, as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for the next turn.”

Uh huh. Jumps. I’m behind the wheel of the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, one of the most extreme and overbuilt performance trucks Ram has ever produced. And as the wheels leave the ground and the cacophony is replaced with an eerie silence, I’m starting to understand just how insane this apex predator really is.

Heart of a Hellcat

Ram’s engineers followed a familiar formula: Take a popular Fiat-Chrysler product and dump the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats into the engine bay. Pat yourself on the back; you’ve earned a beer.

Of course, there’s so much more to it than that. In the Ram TRX, that engine breathes through a new dual-path induction system that mixes air drawn through its functional hood scoop and with intake from the grille at the underside of a

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Why you could get your second stimulus check weeks before or after someone else

Not everyone gets a stimulus payment at the same time.


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After the first stimulus payment was authorized by the CARES Act back in March, the IRS took the pool of qualifying people and created different priority groups, sending payments over the course of a few weeks and even months — some people are still waiting. A second stimulus check is expected to be worth as much as $1,200 per person (and more for dependents) and employ a similar priority group system. 

The timeline to reach the final stimulus package is still unknown. Negotiators remain optimistic that a deal will happen — but it chances are fading that the bill will become law before the Nov. 3 election, which is just over a week away.

“We are waiting for the final ‘yes,”http://www.cnet.com/” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

Below, we sketch four possible timelines for when a second stimulus check could go out, and explain how those priority groups work. This story frequently updates as news develops.

How quickly could the IRS send my payment to me?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said it would take about a week to process the first

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