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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 525

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Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Ubuntu has always presented itself as an operating system for end users, notably desktop and laptop computers, so it might have escaped the attention of many that the project also provides an excellent server variant. But what do you do if you are just starting up with Linux and would like to build a website running Ubuntu? Simple - get the third edition of The Official Ubuntu Server Book. Jesse Smith is happy with the publication, believing that it "takes some difficult subjects and boils them down nicely". Read his complete book review below.

In the news section, FreeBSD launches the first alpha of version 10 with a surprising array of new features, OpenBSD prepares for the release of version 5.4, Linux Mint delivers a brand-new version of the excellent MintBox, and openSUSE unveils a new image for the Raspberry Pi mini computer. Also in this week's issue, a discussion about the alternatives to the Skype voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client and an intriguing interview with the leader of Manjaro Linux, a user-friendly fork or Arch Linux.

Happy reading!




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