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Kali Linux 2016.1

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Kali Linux Kali Linux, which was formally known as BackTrack, is a forensic and security-focused distribution based on Debian's Testing branch. Kali Linux is designed with penetration testing, data recovery and threat detection in mind. The project switched over to a rolling release model earlier this year in an effort to provide more up to date security utilities to the distribution's users.

I have been finding a lot of posts about Kali Linux from Linux newcomers on various forums and social media recently and this surprised me. Kali Linux is not marketed toward novice users, in fact the distribution has a fairly narrow focus (security, forensics and penetration testing) so I was eager to experiment with the distribution and see if I could find out why so many newcomers to Linux have been installing Kali as their first GNU/Linux distribution.

Kali Linux is available in two editions, with each edition available in 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds. The main (or full) edition ships with the GNOME desktop and a large suite of security tools. The Light edition features fewer tools and the Xfce desktop. There is also an ARM port of Kali Linux. The 64-bit build of the main edition is 2.7GB in size and this is the ISO I downloaded for the purposes of my trial.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Brings More Privacy and Big Changes to the Desktop

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Ubuntu

The release of Ubuntu 16.04 last week is good news for computer users who are upset over the recent development of Microsoft turning Windows into an operating system that is essentially spyware. As an open-source Linux distribution, Ubuntu is a great operating system for users concerned about privacy.

This marks the 24th release of the Ubuntu operating system, which has become perhaps the most popular Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu 16.04 — codenamed Xenial Xerus — is also the sixth Long Term Support (LTS) release, meaning it will receive free security updates and support for five years. Canonical — the UK software company which sponsors Ubuntu — has continued to show its commitment to providing a solid, smooth, reliable, open-source operating system for the desktop even while working toward convergence of the desktop, phone, and tablet into one seamless operating system.

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Aquaris M10 HD Ubuntu Edition review

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Ubuntu

A few months ago when the Aquaris M10 with Ubuntu was announced I was very excited. First of all the first device with convergence, a dream of Canonical even before Microsoft told a word about "one (scaled down) Windows". But also the first (commercial) tablet with the Linux kernel. And of course an ARM chip! We all know what happened to WinRT, but there is one difference here. It's ubuntu. They have the source of 99% of the packages people use + they have official ports to ARM already available! (I even use those to host this blog) So with XMir it is able to run all those apps.

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Also: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

LXD 2.0 is released

PCLOS 2016.03 KDE: good job

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I must admit that this time I had a much nicer experience with PC Linux OS than I had the previous time.

I could not find any issue to note during my Live run of this operating system apart from escessive number of applications.

Good job, PCLOS team! Let's hope you'll keep up with all you've done!

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Raspberry Pi 3 review: The revolutionary $35 mini-PC cures its biggest headaches

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At first blush, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B appears physically identical to the year-old Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: the same port selection, the same GPIO pin layout, the same basic board layout, et cetera. But don’t let that fool you! The leap to the Raspberry Pi 3 is just as significant as the prior upgrade, supercharging performance even further and eliminating what few lingering setup hassles remained in the Raspberry Pi formula, all while maintaining the same dirt-cheap $35 price point.

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Also: Arduino compatible IoT board offers LoRa wireless

PCLOS 2016.03 KDE: good job

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I must admit that this time I had a much nicer experience with PC Linux OS than I had the previous time.

I could not find any issue to note during my Live run of this operating system apart from escessive number of applications.

Good job, PCLOS team! Let's hope you'll keep up with all you've done!

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LXLE Gives Aging Hardware a New Lease on Life

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Debian

LXLE is an easy-to-use, lightweight desktop Linux distribution. It is an ideal OS to run on poorly endowed or aging hardware.

If you want a fast, low-maintenance Linux distro that will run well on any level of hardware, you can not go wrong with LXLE Linux.

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ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh review - Thorny fun

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ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh is an interesting project. It has a unique spin, its own flair and identity, and it blends the old, proven - and not so proven - concepts from Mandriva with modern technology and looks. The end result is quite polar, or rather bi-polar. You will either love it or hate it. Functionality wise, most if not everything I tried worked.

While the virtual machine testing doesn't really provide the necessary confidence needed to ascertain the value of a distro, I think R7 is worth testing, provided it agrees with your hardware. I'm an unlucky one in that regard. There are lots of things that can be improved, including some real, actual functionality bugs, a more modern and streamlined installer, more intuitive package manager and system menu, and such. But then, you get classic good looks, KDE style, multimedia playback, a rich repertoire of programs out of the box, and a robust design. Perhaps one day I will be able to experience all these outside the Matrix. 6.5/10. See you around.

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Intel's Clear Linux Shows Much Potential For Optimized Graphics Performance

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When it comes to CPU workloads, stunning in our Linux distribution comparisons has been Intel's Clear Linux distribution. This Intel Open-Source Technology Center project has led many of our distribution / OS comparisons with Intel engineers investing heavily in performance optimizations via AutoFDO, LTO-optimized binaries, aggressive compiler flags by default, and more. But how does the OpenGL performance compare for Clear Linux? Here are some graphics benchmarks and in select cases the results are quite a surprise.

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    Late last month I posted a first alpha look at Bodhi 4.0.0. Work since then has been coming along slowly due to a few unpredictable issues and my own work schedule outside of Bodhi being hectic over the summer. Bodhi 4.0.0 will be happening, but likely not with a stable release until September. I am traveling again this weekend, but am hoping to get out a full alpha release with 32bit and non-PAE discs next week.

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Emma A LightWeight Database Management Tool For Linux

Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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