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Fedora 21 NOT Delayed, What Linux Needs, and Civ IV

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FedoraToday in Linux news, Fedora 21 is not delayed says Matthew Miller, newly appointed project lead. Bruce Byfield thinks he knows the seven things the Linux desktops needs to be nearly perfect. Jamie Watson says KaOS is solid and focused. Richard Hughes gives his thoughts on replacing Yum with DNF in Fedora 22. And finally, OMG!Ubuntu! is speculating that Civilization IV is probably heading towards Linux.

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More on Mint, Email Clients, and Weather Apps

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Today in Linux news are more reviews and announcements for Linux Mint. Charles-H. Schulz ponders the email client. Jun Auza looks at weather applications and Katherine Noyes asks if Linux lacks that one killer app.

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Pinguy OS Gives Good GNOME, Is Unity Bad, and Lotsa Coming Games

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There were some nice items in the feeds on this unluckiest day of the month. Jack Germain says Pinguy OS is about as good GNOME as you can get. Andrew Powell asks Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays? And GamingOnLinux.com says Linux is "heating up" over at Steam. These stories and more on this Friday the 13th.

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New Computer Blues

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Looking around the BIOS let me set the Secure Boot to boot other OSes. It wouldn't let me just disable it completely. I set the boot order to boot the DVD drive first and tried to run those Linux live disks. Mageia 4 wasn't going to let me change the video driver from VESA no matter what. Cinnamon crashed once loading NVIDIA drivers in Mint 17. openSUSE behaved the best in giving me nice video support. I figured I'd install openSUSE and use it until Mint 17 came out in the KDE version.

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Continuous Integration, The Linux Machine, and Factory Restore

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There were lots of interesting Linux tidbits in the news today. First up, Antonio Terceiro introduces Debian's new Continuous Integration project, which tests for broken packages, functions, and such. HP announces "The Machine" that runs Linux. How would you like a system restore disk for your Linux? And finally, systemd 214 and Mint 17 KDE RC were released.

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Apple Copies Ubuntu, Pimping Scientific, and 500 Steam Games

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Jack Wallen today reported that Apple has introduced software that reminds him a whole lot of Ubuntu Unity Scopes. Dedoimedo.com has "the ultimate Scientific Linux pimping guide." And finally in today's Linux news, Phoronix.com is reporting that there are now 500 games on Steam for Linux.

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Kali, Makulu, and Robo Linuxes

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In today's Linux news, LinuxInsider has a review of RoboLinux saying it "smooths the Linux migration path." Makulu Linux 6.1 is said to be "big, beautiful, and fun." A new flaw has been patched and Shawn Powers discusses the new Linux professional.

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Linux Mint 17 Review Round-Up

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Reviews of Linux Mint 17 dominated the news feeds today. Our round-up includes five reviews, video tour, and a screenshot slideshow. It's probably not much of a surprise, but consensus is two thumbs up for Linux Mint 17.

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New Fedora Leader, Open Source Security, and Saving TrueCrypt

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In today's Linux news, a new project manager is named for Fedora. Nick Heath says Open Source is more secure because of a "heightened focus on quality controls." And a team of developers are trying to save TrueCrypt one way or another.

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Linux.conf.au Broke, Another Bug, and Mint 17 Released

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There's a lot of news to catch up on today in Linuxsphere. Our top story tonight is an email from the Linux Australia 2014 conference saying that despite a $40,000 funding shortage. In other news, the "son of heartbleed" has been announced and CBRonline.com says you should be worried. Linux Mint 17 was released over the weekend and Distrowatch.com reviews OpenMandriva 2014.0. And finally tonight, LinuxInsider probes "TrueCrypt's Mysterious Vanishing Act."

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Chef engineer leaves the company after receiving death threats from its open source community

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Ubuntu Next with Unity 8 and Mir on the Desktop – Screen Tour

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Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

Upstream Nouveau was unaware of this issue that was affecting my entire assortment of NVIDIA GeForce hardware so it was then quickly assumed to be an issue with the Oibaf PPA that constantly is packaging the latest open-source Linux GPU drivers. On top of mainline Mesa Git, recently there's been the the Gallium3D Direct3D 9 patches (Gallium-Nine). While none of my testing was relying upon the Gallium-Nine D3D9 support, it was wreaking havoc on the system anyhow. As of earlier today some patches were backed out of the Oibaf PPA and since getting back closer to Mesa mainline the Nouveau problems are a matter of the past. With that said, now I'm in the process of running some Nouveau Steam/Source Engine Linux gaming tests similar to today's 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming. Read more