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Mageia 4.1 Released, LXLE 14.04 Review, and LibreOffice 4.2.5

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Today was another bountiful day in Linux news. First up, Mageia 4.1 maintenance release was announced. Non-techie Arindam Sen says LXLE 14.04 is the best LXDE distribution he's tested. Jamie Watson looks at Mint 17 KDE and Xfce release candidates. Marcel Gagne says goodbye to openSUSE and LibreOffice 4.2.5 Hits The Marketplace. All this and more in tonight's Linux news review.

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Happy 30th X, Debian Reinstates GLIBC, and Linux Poetry

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t was an exciting day here in Linuxville. First up, big Happy Birthday to X as X.Org celebrates the window system's 30th birthday. A big shocker out the Debian camp has users scratching heads and chins. Libby Clark reports on an kernel hacker who converts Linux to poetry. Those are just a few of the interesting stories today in Linux news.

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Red Hat Q1 Report, GNOME 3.14 Sneak Peek, and Why Open Source

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In Linux news today, Red Hat released their first quarter financial results today and the markets reacted in kind. WorldofGNOME.org gives users a peek and poke at GNOME 3.14. Newbie Tony Ireland shares his story and Michael Hall shares why he uses Open Source.

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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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