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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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Deep in-to Linux, Torvalds Tweets, and Top Distros

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Topping the Linux news this evening is a look at the five most popular Linux distributions by ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Also tonight, Jennifer Cloer asks Linus Torvalds about the meanest tweets he's received. And finally tonight, Jack M. Germain looks at Deepin Linux and Jack Wallen asks if Cinnamon is a worthy replacement for Unity?

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First Look Unreal Tournament, Tangiers Trailer, and Ubuntu Surface

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Today in Linux news is a first look at the new upcoming Unreal Tournament. A weird crowd-sourcing game has released a trailer and estimated release date. In other news, Ubuntu has proven effective at running the Surface Pro 3 and SUSE Studio boasts over a million users.

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Kali, Fedora, and Handy Linuxes

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Today in Linux news are two reviews and Fedora updates. HandyLinux is a new one on me, but DarkDuck not only heard of it but has reviewed it. Jamie Watson reviews Kali Linux 1.0.6. Matthew Miller posted five things about Fedora this week. Red Hat CEO to get big bonus if financial goals are met and Jack Wallen reviews the System76 Galago UltraPro.

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Fav Distros, LibreOffice 4.3 Beta, and Ungrateful Gamers

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Today's trek around the Linuxsphere found an article at LinuxInsider looking at bloggers favorite Linux distributions. LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 1 was released and folks are looking forward already. And Softpedia.com asks if Linux gamers are a bit ungrateful for biting the hand that fed them the Witcher 2 wrapper.

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Mint 17 the Best, Foe to Friend, and KaOS Review

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Topping our coverage tonight, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols declares Linux "Mint 17 the best Linux desktop to date." Terrence O'Brien describes his journey with Linux as from foe to friend, sort of. And finally tonight, KDE tablet Vivaldi appears to be defunct and KaOS gets the once-over.

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Fedora 20 KDE, Baconless Ubuntu, and Witcher's Bad Spell

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It may look awesome according to Softpedia, but "something's funky" in the Fedora 20 KDE stack says Phoronix. Bryan Lunduke wonders what Ubuntu will be like without Jono Bacon. And in an update to last night's Witcher 2 Linux port report, gamers aren't pleased.

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Bacon Leaves Canonical, Red Hat Chief, and Witcher 2 on Sale

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Our top story tonight is Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon is leaving Canonical for more fertile grounds. In other news, Michael Tiemann, Red Hat Vice President of Open Source Affairs, has recently been accused, at least by software, of violating copyright claims. Another long awaited gaming experience has finally come to Linux in Witcher 2 - and at a heck of a price. This and more in tonight's Linux news recap.

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Fedora 21 Alpha to release on Tuesday

Today the Fedora Engineering Steering Commitee held a “Go/No Go” meeting regarding the Fedora 21 alpha, and it was agreed that the current release candidates for Fedora 21 met the release criteria. With this decision, this means that Fedora 21 will be released on Tuesday September 23, 2014. Read more

Teaching open source changed my life

Teaching open source has been a breath of fresh air for myself and for many of our students because with the open source way, there are no official tests. There is no official certification for the majority of open source projects. And, there are no prescribed textbooks. In open source, no employer worth working for will ask for official proof of your abilities. A good employer will look at what you’ve done and ask you to showcase what you can do. Yes, it still helps to have a Computer Science degree, but the lack of one is often no drawback. Read more