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Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon screenshots

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After a 3-day delay due to website-related issues, the Linux Mint development ream has finally made the official announcement – Linux Mint 17.3 has been released for you to download, use and enjoy.

ISO installation images (32- and 64-bit) for the Cinnamon and MATE desktops were made available for download.

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Zorin OS 10 review - Looking even better

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Zorin OS 10 is ever so slightly better than its predecessor, which is how it should be really. It's a nice, simple, elegant, incremental update and improvement of the ninth release, and it gives a well-rounded, Windows-like experience to the user, with only a bit too much color contrast for its own good.

On the software side, most of the stuff works well, there are some silly issues here and there, but the core of it is available for immediate and satisfactory consumption. The big problem is probably Bluetooth. A few other key areas need fixing like updates, search, visual placement of GUI elements, some additional software choices, and alike. But nothing too major really. I'm being picky. 9.53/10. A decent one, worth testing. Enjoy.

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Sluggish Download and Install Subtract From Netrunner's Pluses

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Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 version is a disappointing release. It seems sluggish and unimpressive right from the start.

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Review EXT4 vs. Btrfs vs. XFS

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To be honest, one of the things that comes last in people’s thinking is to look at which file system on their PC is being used. Windows users as well as Mac OS X users even have less reason for looking as they have really only 1 choice for their operating system which are NTFS and HFS+. Linux operating system, on the other side, has plenty of various file system options, with the current default is being widely used ext4. However, there is another push for changing the file system to something other which is called btrfs. But what makes btrfs better, what are other file systems, and when can we see the distributions making the change?

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BlackBerry PRIV review: A new standard for Android in enterprise?

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PRIV is the first BlackBerry that doesn't run a version of the company's own OS. Instead, it runs Google's Android OS. It's a forward departure from what most of the world expects from BlackBerry today. It's aimed at the enterprise, and its productivity-focused users — but PRIV legitimately measures up to the most popular consumer devices. And BlackBerry put a sharp focus on privacy. (PRIV's name is a play on the phrase, privilege of privacy.)

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Qubes OS 3.0 (also KaOS 2015.10 and Plasma on Wayland and NetBSD 7.0)

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I am sorry to say I have tried each major release of Qubes OS released to date and, so far, none has installed successfully for me. I admire the goal of the Qubes project, making it easy for users to isolate separate tasks in order to improve security. I am of the opinion the concept of a user (and a user's processes) having full access to everything in a user's account raises security concerns. I would like to see more effort put into projects like Qubes and AppArmor in order to make it easier for a user to compartmentalize their digital life.

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A KDE loyalist tries Gnome

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I have been a Plasma user since 2011, when Ubuntu switched away from Gnome to Unity. Prior to that, since 2005, I had been a Gnome user. The transition from Gnome to Plasma was interesting because Gnome didn’t offer much customization and Plasma (it was called KDE back then) was all about customization.

Back in those days both Gnome and Unity were kind of half baked and KDE 4.x was fully mature. I loved it. I kept dipping my toes in the waters of Gnome and Unity while KDE moved from 4.x series to Plasma. Then with the recent openSUSE Tumbleweed, I decided to give Gnome 3.18 a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Fedora 23 review: Skip if you want stability, stay to try Linux’s bleeding edge

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Fedora 23 is such a strong release that it highlights what feels like Fedora's Achilles heel—there's no Long Term Support release.

If you want an LTS release in the Red Hat world, it's RHEL you're after (or CentOS and other derivatives). Fedora is a bleeding edge, and as such Fedora 23 will, as always, be supported for 12 months. After that time, you'll need to upgrade.

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The Nexus 6P takes Android smartphones to new heights (Review)

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Thanks to Huawei and Google, I have become a true fan of stock Android and simply do not desire to change to another smartphone which is a first for me. The Nexus 6P truly is premium and is a product that both should be tremendously proud of. Both companies should take a bow and we all should stand and applaud this device. With superior software, gorgeous and durable build, a super high resolution display, fantastic camera, a new fingerprint reader, dual-front facing speakers and incredible battery life, the Nexus 6P leaves no detail behind.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Chakra Linux 2015.11 "Fermi"

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Chakra probably also isn't for you if you are a casual computer user who has chosen Linux because you prefer it to Windows but you still like it to be straight forward with perhaps menus, point and click installers and straight forward connections to your hardware.

Chakra might be for you however if you have been using Linux for quite some time and you are looking to have more control, use the command line a little more and have a closer affinity with how things really work.

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