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Hats Off to Chapeau Linux's Better Fedora Concept

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The Chapeau project's latest version arrived last month and is a good choice for enterprise users who want something a step above the traditional Fedora distro.

Fedora is an iconic Linux distro. It is a very popular choice in enterprise shops, but it's less than ideal for home and SMB use without an IT staff to make it work. That is where Chapeau 23 comes to the rescue.

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Google Nexus 6P Review - Android Overdose

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The Nexus 6P is clearly a flagship, but you could hardly say that just by looking at it. It does feature an aluminum case and other new-gen materials, but the Nexus 6P is barely distinguishable from the rest of the crowd. It’s an Android device and you can tell that from a mile distance.

All in all, Nexus 6P is a worthy competitor for the other flagships on the market, but only if you're a hardcore Android fan. And only if you look at the bigger picture. If you put it side by side with the rest of the market and compare every little detail, the Nexus 6P might lose in several key areas.

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Clementine Review - One of the Best Music Players on Linux

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There are a billion music players on the Linux platform and it's getting difficult to find a really good one that can bring something new. Fortunately, Clementine comes to the rescue.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon Edition

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I am going to start this review with the new features in Linux Mint 17.3 so that those of you who are already well aware of Linux Mint and what it offers can skip the rest of the review.

The second part of the review will look at it more in depth, highlighting the features and the applications provided with Linux Mint.

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Xiaomi Mi4c: Awesome Android smartphone that doesn't break the bank [Review]

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These days you do not have to spend much to get a good smartphone. Using a Xiaomi Mi4c as my daily driver for the past couple of weeks has made it clear that you can get an impressive handset for just around $200. It is the sort of smartphone that makes you believe that you can have your cake and eat it too -- its specs read like those of some flagships while its price is similar to that of more affordable mid-rangers.

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System76 Oryx Pro is the Ubuntu Linux gaming laptop of your dreams [Review]

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When you think of a gaming PC, two things probably come to mind -- Microsoft Windows and desktop computers. In other words, gamers don't typically target laptops for playing their favorite games, and even when some do, they will likely aim for Windows 7, 8, or 10. Thanks to Steam, however, Linux-based operating systems are a legitimate option for gaming.

If you want a Linux-based gaming laptop, your choices are slim. Yes, you can buy a Windows laptop and replace the operating system with Ubuntu or another OS, but that isn't the best experience. Ideally, you want a machine that was designed and sold with Linux in mind. Enter the Ubuntu-powered System76 Oryx Pro. This beast of a gaming laptop can be configured with some jaw-dropping specs. The one I have been testing features an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSD and NVIDIA graphics, including G-SYNC. Are you salivating yet? Read on for more specs and my impressions.

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Kevin Fenzi: How do you Fedora?

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We recently interviewed Kevin Fenzi on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being interviewed for a further installment of this series, you can contact us on the feedback form.

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Manjaro 15.12 (Capella) KDE Review: Slow to Boot, But Stable & Beautiful

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I love how Manjaro developers have presented the KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop. It’s a beautiful looking, responsive, power efficient, and a stable desktop. I’m also okay with it using a bit of memory as well. But you know, I can’t wait for 50+ seconds for an operating system to boot (again, part of that has to be blamed upon systemd developers) and 12.6 seconds of shutdown times is also a bit high for my taste, it just ain’t my cup of tea. I like lean & fast operating systems. But hey, that’s just me. And these days, one doesn’t get to see blisteringly fast booting KDE distributions either (in my short experience).

And, in my opinion, I’m still of the belief that GNOME developers are more insightful at seeing solutions from a technological point of view compared to the KDE developers, and I think this is the precise origin of this lag in performance of KDE, when the two desktop environments are compared.

Take MySQL as an example. Some KDE programs use it as their database handler. But the problem is, in its very essence, MySQL is designed to handle large number of data and thus is not optimized to have a small footprint. The now outdated search index service of KDE 4 known as Nepomuk required MySQL as a dependency. Thankfully, the new one in Plasma 5 called Baloo, according to its official page has a database engine of its own which has a small footprint. So it’s apparent that after a while KDE saw the mistake and corrected it.

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Oppo R7s review: Not the obvious choice for a mid-range Android, but ColorOS elevates it

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Oppo isn’t a particularly well-known name in many Western markets, and that’s hardly surprising considering the Chinese company hasn’t been around for as long as the bigger players. What it is known for is offering ‘bang for your buck’, and its latest R7s model is no different.

Priced at $399, it sits as a midway point in Oppo’s range – between the R7 and the R7 Plus – and goes up against similarly priced devices like the OnePlus 2, HTC One A9, and Nexus 5x, to name just a few.

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Moto 360 Sport review: Best Android Wear smartwatch for recreational runners

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The Moto 360 Sport is a solid Android Wear device for recreational runners who don't listen to music when they run and I award it an 8.0 rating.

If it played music as flawlessly as the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2 3G, or Sony SmartWatch 3 then I would consider buying one as my running watch. However, if you don't care about your heart rate and want an Android Wear device to run with and enjoy music then the older Sony SmartWatch 3 is the watch to buy.

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