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Best KDE Distros, GNOME Resurgence, Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

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It was a bit of a slow news day today without any big item overtaking the rest. Several folks celebrated the Ubuntu 15.04 Beta release and Danny Stieben discussed reasons for GNOME's resurgence. Martin Brinkmann asked "What is keeping you from switching to Linux?" Simon Phipps today discussed the challenges ahead for LibreOffice Online and Swapnil Bhartiya posted a slideshow of the top nine KDE distributions.

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LibreOffice is Now in the Cloud

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Today was a big day for LibreOffice with The Document Foundation's announcement of LibreOffice Online. Hosted by TDF, this joint effort between Collabora and the LibreOffice community, with a side helpin' of IceWarp, today announced LibreOffice in the cloud accessed through your friendly neighborhood browser. TDF heralds this as "The Cornerstone Of The World’s First Universal Productivity Solution.

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Linux Fears of Windows Lock-out Here Now

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arstechnica.com broke the news Friday that Windows 10 will "make the Secure Boot alt-OS lock out a reality" for Linux and other alternative operating systems. If not actual "lock out," then Windows 10 could making installing an alt-OS a big fat headache for developers and users trying to install them. Elsewhere, Richard Stallman talked Net Neutrality and systemd.

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Rollin' with Arch, Hold the Popcorn, and Fav Desktop

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Arch Linux is "a lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple." It's also known as a rolling release distribution that is characterized by frequent updates rather than periodic reinstalls. Arch has remained in Distrowatch.com's top 10 Page Hit Ranking since 2009 and was once a darling of the Linux blogosphere. Swapnil Bhartiya today posted five reasons folks should "roll with Arch Linux." Elsewhere, Red Hat had an interesting day on Wall Street and Jack Wallen said Popcorn Time isn't the kind of application distributions should be including. And finally, a new poll was posted to bring some fun to your Thursday evening.

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Linux Mint Debian 2 Release Candidates Released

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Just as teased Monday, Clement Lefebvre today announced released candidates for Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 MATE and Cinnamon. LMDE is based on Debian and similar to Linux Mint in appearance. 32 and 64 bit DVD images are now available for testers as direct downloads or torrents.

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The Return of SCO, a Debian Retrospective, & GNU is 30

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Last I heard SCO was all but bankrupt, but apparently five years later a claim against IBM for $5 billion is still pending. Elsewhere, Bruce Byfield discusses how Debian has changed over the years and if that was for the good. In other gnews, the GNU Manifesto turns 30 this month.

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Strange Bedfellows and Linux Reviews

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Christine Hall at FOSS Force today wrote that Canonical's deal with the devil may signal Ubuntu's swan song topping today's Linux news. Linux Tycoon Bryan Lunduke reviewed the Dell M3800 with Ubuntu and Jamie Watson tested six pre-release distributions. To top that off, we have four reviews and a Linux Mint Debian teaser.

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Personal Linux Stories and Best Distros for Newbies

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The newsfeeds weren't overflowing this evening, but there were a few bright spots. First up, Tecmint.com is running a new series called My Linux Story featuring folks sharing their journeys to Linux. Elsewhere, Justin Pot asked can we really trust Linux and Computer Business Review today listed their choices of distributions for new users.

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Fedora 22 Alpha, Bodhi 3.0 Review, & Ubuntu 15.04 Wallpapers

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The newsfeeds were a virtual cornucopia today with several exciting headlines. First up, Fedora 22 Alpha was announced today and word has it it's in "great shape." Ubuntu switched to systemd and made their community wallpaper choices. Jim Lynch reviewed Bodhi 3.0 and Christine Hall spoke with Jeff Hoogland about the release. Justin Pot identified seven signs you may be ready to switch to Linux and Paul Venezia demonstrated how cool Bash still is.

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Next Linux 4.0 from Linus' Zombie Shuffle Desk

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Linus announced yesterday that his poll has concluded and 29,110 voters have spoken. Elsewhere, Julie Bort got a look at the Accidental Revolutionary's workspace - which centers around his 'Zombie shuffling' desktop. In other news, two prominent distributions today announced the start of their community wallpaper contests.

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