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July 2012

Could this be the year of the Linux desktop?

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Linux
Gaming

extremetech.com: In the 21 years or so since its inception, Linux has gained some amazing enthusiast street cred, but failed time and again to enter the mainstream. This year, however, may afford it an opportunity it’s never had before: to gain the momentum necessary to join the big boys in the operating system world.

GNU founder Stallman calls DRM’d Steam for Linux games "unethical"

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Gaming

arstechnica.com: The prospect of the open source operating system attracting a rich ecosystem of proprietary DRM-encumbered computer games raises questions for Richard Stallman, who issued a statement outlining what he views as the positive and negative consequences of this development.

Linux Desktops Dominate at Black Hat

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Linux

internetnews.com: There are some people that don't believe the Linux Desktop is relevant. I'm not one of them and apparently neither are hordes of security professionals that were at the recent Black Hat security conference.

Debian Project News - July 29th

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Linux

debian.org: Welcome to this year's fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.

PCLinuxOS: A surprise addition to our family computers

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PCLOS

karimlalani.blogspot: We have 5 computers in our household. My mom and my wife use Kubuntu on their computers, while my dad and I have ArchLinux/KDE. I figured it was time to give another more beginner friendly Linux distribution a try.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 467

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Book review: Ubuntu Made Easy
  • News: Debian 8.0 "Jessie", OpenBSD on Secure Boot; DragonFly BSD live options; Fedora "Rawhide" status; Oracle Linux overview, interview with Mageia's Claire Robinson
  • Questions and Answers: Changing desktop background from command line
  • Released last week:

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Open source won

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OSS
  • Open source won
  • Free open-source software: My take on its inexorable rise
  • Linux Foundation Adds Antelink, Calxeda and Reaktor as New Members

Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'

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Linux
Gaming
  • Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'
  • Fresh eyes on Linux

Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors'

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Linux
Microsoft
  • Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors' to open source for working with Microsoft
  • Installing Linux on Windows 8 PCs: No easy answers
  • Red Hat, Canonical accused of being traitors to the open sauce cause

GNOME implodes - again

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Software
  • GNOME implodes - again
  • GNOME’s Future: Open Source Desktop Interface In Doubt?
  • Is GNOME “Staring into the abyss?”

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First thoughts on KaOS 2014.12

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