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November 2012

Xubuntu 12.10 review - Very nice

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Ubuntu This spring, something extraordinary happened. I liked Xubuntu. For the first time ever. This autumn, I will see whether the latest release, Quantal Quetzal, when matched to the Xfce desktop, can achieve the same level of nice.

How-to: Picking a desktop environment in Linux

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Software We've taken you through a tour of Window Managers in Linux, and now it's time to show you the Window Manager's bigger brother: the desktop environment, or DE for short.

Slax 7.0 RC2 – Mini KDE 4

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Linux The portable Linux distro that you can modify yourself is getting a long awaited update, with KDE 4 and more

Debian veteran Garbee to keynote at LCA

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  • Debian veteran Garbee to keynote at LCA
  • Linux Foundation Announces Holiday Individual Membership Drive

Why Open Source Software is More Secure

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  • Why Open Source Software is More Secure than Proprietary Software
  • Open source software policy is better without open source
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

Desktop Linux needs anti-virus like a fish needs a bicycle

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dontsurfinthenude.blogspot: You don't need an anti-virus program on Linux: I've said it before, but Don't Surf in the Nude started because of an interest in internet security, so I can't resist trying out anti-virus programs in Linux.

Going from A to B in KDE, GNOME, and Windows

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: As a Linux user, I've learned to appreciate the differences of doing things using the different desktops available. I started thinking of how one can see going from point A to point B in KDE and GNOME.

Linux Mint Is A Better Distro Than Ubuntu

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Ubuntu I have been using Ubuntu since 2006 and I always felt that it is one of the easiest to use distro, especially for new Linux users. That was in the past.

Kernel Log – Coming in 3.7 (Part 5): CPU and platform code

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Linux Linux 3.7 supports ARM64, the processor used in the Raspberry Pi, and Intel's SMAP security feature. The next kernel release will also include new tools for tracing processes and improved collaboration with Microsoft's hypervisor.

Fallback mode in KDE Plasma Workspaces

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KDE Recently there has been a lot of buzz about non-composited fallback modes in various Desktop Shells and of course I have been asked several times about the fallback modes in KDE Plasma workspaces.

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