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Distros, Damned Lies, and Statistics

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There are lots of stories to report today starting with the top five lies Linux-haters tend to spread. Next up is Gary Newell with the top five easiest modern distributions to use. We've got five tips for Vim users and how to deal with missing ifconfig. Paul Adams' been blogging the story of KDEPIM and Dead Island may be coming to Linux. OpenSource.com and Linux.com are all about education these days and Red Hat released a beta of upcoming RHEL 6.6.

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The Linux Rifle, Benefits, and Netflix

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Our top story tonight on this Monday August 11, 2014 is Arstechnica.com's hands-on review of a Linux-powered AR-15. Elsewhere, Matt Hartley discusses the pros and cons of running Linux; David Anderson attempts to answer the is Linux more secure than Windows question; and Bryan Lunduke posts his opinion of KDE Plasma. And that's not all.

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Peppermint OS Reviewed, GNU Radio in Space, and KNOPPIX 7.4.0

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Our top story today in Linux news is Jack M. Germain's review of Peppermint OS. The Free Software Foundation is reporting that GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft. OpenSource.com is wondering what is programmers' favorite hacking food and Canonical is looking for community wallpaper submissions. KNOPPIX 7.4.0 was released, Linus in back in the news, and Source 2 is coming to Linux. All this and more is in tonight's Linux report.

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Best Desktop for You, Qubes Most Secure, and Fedora on TV

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Today in Linux news, Jack Wallen has some advice for choosing the best Linux desktop for you. Softpedia.com says Qubes 2 is probably the most secure operating system out there. Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and KDE Frameworks 5.1 were released. And Scott Dowdle spotted Fedora on TNT the other night.

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Distro Hopping, Ubuntu's #1, and Open Source Death

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Today in Linux news, Softpedia is reporting that Ubuntu is the fasting growing operating system in India. Tarus Balog says it seems like "the ideal of open source software" is dead. Linux.com has the top 10 Open Source software titles that rock the Web and Dmitry Kaglik says Zorin OS has stopped him from "distro hopping."

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Samba Patched, LibreOffice 4.2.6, and Best Browsers

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Today in Linux news, a Samba vulnerability was patched and LibreOffice 4.2.6 was released. Allan Day posted lots of GUADEC pictures and Opensource.com interviewed Michael Tiemann. Katherine Noyes searches the community for the best browsers and OMG!Ubuntu! has Five GOG.com Linux Games Everyone Should Play.

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Spotted in the Wild, Perfect Linux, and Six Cool Distros

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Today in Linux news, Christine Halls strolls down memory lane to a time when real men still wrote their own drivers and backups were for sissies. Tecmint.com has six cool distributions for your older PC and a couple of favorites were spotted out in the world doing real work. One blogger writes of his year without Windows and there are several interesting gaming notes. We have all this and lots more on this Monday, August 04, 2014.

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Text Editors, Note Takers, and Program Languages

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Today in Linux news, Jack Germain has a look at the perfect note taker. The Linux Voice has a comparison of text editors for programmers and the Linux Journal introduces their current issue on program languages. In other news, XBMC becomes Kodi and Linux.com has 10 reasons to take the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux edX course.

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New Fedora Security, Linus Cartoon, and the Open Source Forest

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Today in Linux news a new Fedora security team has been announced. Matt Asay says critics of Open Source Software can't see the forest for the trees. ITworld.com today published a cartoon saying when Linus curses, folks listen. That and a few more tidbits are inside to close out the month.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Released, KDE Naming, and Zorin Reasons

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Today was quite the busy news day here in Linuxville and the top story must have been the release of LibreOffice 4.3. Seems it brought significant changes and got lots of coverage. SiliconIndia.com has a list of the top eight alternative operating systems and Bruce Byfield looks at KDE's continually confusing callings. We have 10 reasons to try Zorin OS and 10 easy steps to changing Manjaro back to Arch. Heartbleed is still reeking havoc and Tor issues an advisory. And even that's not all.

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IPA Font license added to license list

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OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk

OpenForum Europe, an advocacy group focusing on IT openness in government, issued a press release earlier today announcing its launch of a new public Internet portal. At that site, anyone can report a government page that offers a document intended for collaborative use for downloading if that document is not available in an OpenDocument Format (ODF) compliant version. The portal is called FixMyDocuments.eu, and you can show your support for the initiative (as I have) by adding your name here (the first supporter listed is the EU's indominatable digital champion, Neelie Kroes). The announcement coincides with the beginning of another initiative, Global Legislative Openness Week, which will involve global activities annd "events hosted by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and members of the parliamentary openness community." A full calendar of events is here. Read more

Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking

Ben Skeggs sent in his Nouveau DRM driver changes for the drm-next tree of open-source NVIDIA driver improvements that will land in Linux 3.18. With the DRM merge window now closing earlier in the cycle, David Airlie is cutting off new features for the next kernel merge window from landing into drm-next after -rc5 of the current kernel. Thus, this week is the cut-off for new DRM driver functionality aiming for Linux 3.18 with Linux 3.17-rc5 having been released. As such, Ben Skeggs sent in his big batch of Nouveau DRM improvements. Read more

With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS' driving seat

Under Android One, Google has developed its reference hardware designs — meaning OEMs no longer have to develop and test their own smartphones; they just pick up Google's ready-to-wear versions and get manufacturing. Google already has three local Indian smartphone makers signed up to do just that — Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax — all soon be be selling Google-designed, Android One-powered devices for around $100. Android One uses a stock version of Android, as seen on its Nexus products — meaning no UI customisation is possible — but Google has graciously offered to let OEMs and mobile operators add their own apps to handsets running the OS. The operators don't seem to mind the disintermediation much, and have teamed up with Google to launch Android One mobile plans to coincide with the launch of the new phones. Read more