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Dealing With Microsoft, KDE's New Vision, XScreenSaver Battle

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The fallout from last week's Canonical-Microsoft announcement continues to rain. First reactions ranged from enthusiastic to shocked and this week distrust is a common theme. Elsewhere, the KDE project presented its new and improved philosophy and is working on the mission statement. Apparently XScreenSaver is causing a bit of a kerfuffle in Debianland and Bruce Byfield ranked desktops from most customizable to "little more than launchers."

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Debian 7 & 8 Updated, New SUSE CTO, Different Distros

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The Debian project announced updates to "jessie" and "wheezy" last weekend bringing security and bug fixes only. In other news, SUSE announced a new executive position and the gentlemen who filled it. Elsewhere, Christine Hall discussed five distributions that "break the mold" and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on Linus Torvalds' talk at the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference.

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Fair Source, April Fools', Winbuntu review

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Today in Linux news, Matt Asay explained why Fair Source isn't Open Source and Blogger Locutus reviewed the new Winbuntu monster. Microsoft lured Oracle's Linux guy to Redmond and LinuxGizmos changed name and focus to Hackerboards.com. Of course, April 1 wouldn't be the same without some April Fools' jokes.

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Red Hat NSA, SUSE Phone, Fedora Looking Great

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Sam Varghese today again asked about Red Hat and its dealing with the NSA saying, "Red Hat is receiving a goodly sum to assist the NSA in activities that infringe on people's privacy." Red Hat today offered its enterprise operating system free of cost to developers and Phoronix.com said Fedora 24 is "looking great." Paul Thurrott posted screenshots of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Bryan Lunduke today asked, "Will openSUSE develop the SUSE Phone?"

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Bodhi 3.2.0, SCOmbie Lives, Winbuntu

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Jeff Hoogland today announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 featuring a new version of his Moksha desktop. The news of Ubuntu's Bash on the next Windows 10 update has been filling the headlines for two days and today blogger Locutus called it "The Devil's Spawn." OpenOffice extensions are terribly outdated and SCO is back from the dead to file another appeal.

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Linux is 25, Fedora 24 Alpha, Classy Apricity

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It's been 25 years since Linus Torvalds began Linux and IEEE Spectrum ran two articles today on him and his kernel. Elsewhere, Fedora 24 Alpha was released as planned and Jack Germain reviewed Apricity OS saying it's class and clean. The Register's Scott Gilbertson reviewed the Ubuntu 16.04 beta and March 30 is Document Freedom Day.

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Mageia 6 dev1, Ubuntu Tablet Pre-Orders, OSS vs FOSS

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Today in Linux news Mageia 6 is on its way with the release of the first developmental milestone Sunday. A lot of buzz surrounded the pre-orders of the Ubuntu M10 Tablet today and Bruce Byfield discussed why it's important. Elsewhere, Debian Project Leader elections approacheth and Christine Hall said Open Source Software isn't always Free and Open Source Software.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Beta, Red Hat Bears, Slacklive's Bear

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The release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "final beta" in all its iterations and editions. Despite all the good news in Red Hat's latest financial report, its stock slipped 5% since Wednesday. Analysts have been all over the place in their ratings, but Jing Pan, B.Sc, MA said today the "bears are wrong." Speaking of bears, Eric "AlienBob" Hameleers announced a replacement server for his work, including Slackware Live.

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Fedora 24 Alpha a GO, DebConf16 Planning

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Fedora 24 is back on schedule with the decision to release Fedora 24 Alpha, postponed last week because of blocker bugs. Jan Kurik, Platform and Program Manager, said Wednesday the blockers were fixed and "Fedora 24 Alpha release is considered as GOLD." Elsewhere, the Debian project put out the call for event proposals for upcoming DebConf16 in South Africa this July.

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GNOME 3.20, the Right Desktop, LibO Designing

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The top story today was the release of GNOME 3.20, sure to be the next default desktop in several distributions. Elsewhere, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a new project for "activism and organizing" and Red Hat stock slips today. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols offered some tip for choosing the right desktop and Bruce Byfield released his new LibreOffice book.

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4MLinux 20.1 released.

This is a minor maintenance release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel. The release ships with the Linux kernel 4.4.34, which restores PAE support that "magically" disappeared in 4MLinux 20.0 (sorry :-). Additionally, some popular programs (Double Commander, Dropbox, Firefox, Java RE, Opera, PeaZip, Thunderbird, Wine) have been updated, too. Read more

Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta is a big surprise in a small package. Many look-alike desktop distros are difficult to distinguish from run-of-the-mill garden varieties. Others offer new adopters something unique that makes using them fun and productive. Refracta is one of the few full-service Linux distros that makes an easy and more convenient replacement for pocket Linux options such as Puppy Linux. Not all Linux distros that install to a USB drive -- and have the ability to save files and system settings in a persistent mode -- work equally well. Read more