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Solus Reviewed, Arch Still Ahead, & Reasons to Switch

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Today in Linux news, two Solus reviews found issues with the newly stable 1.0. FOSS Force's Best Desktop Distro poll finds Arch still leading the pack and Derrik Diener posted 8 reasons to switch from Windows 10 to Linux. A couple of Tumbleweed posts catch us up while Clem Lefebvre officially releases Mint 17.3 KDE and Xfce.

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Mint 18 Planning, Fedora 24 Delayed, YaST Rewrites

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Clement Lefebvre today blogged some early plans for upcoming Linux Mint 18. Codenamed "Sarah" looks to be released towards Summer and will be supported for a very long time. In other news, Phoronix.com spotted a Fedora FESCo ticket requesting a delay in the Fedora 24 development release schedule. Jamie Watson is back with another desktop tutorial, this time the i3 Window Manager. The creator of Mandrake/Mandriva Linux blogged of his experiences with the cloud version of LibreOffice and the openSUSE Yast Team posted of some of the working going into the next version of YaST.

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Arch Tops Poll, Rawhide Review, a Mint Fail

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Today in Linux news Arch is currently topping a favorite distro poll beating out former giants Ubuntu and Mint. Jamie Watson got a new Acer machine for Christmas that doesn't like Linux and Dedoimedo isn't enamored with new Mint 17.3. Jesse Smith reviewed paldo Linux today at Distrowatch.com and Jack Germain tipped his hat to new Chapeau Linux.

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Debian Founder in Trouble, Ubuntu's Wrong Turn

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A big story getting a little attention today was the shocking news of Debian founder Ian Murdock's desperation at the hands of law enforcement. Much of the story is unknown, but Murdock was on the verge of suicide Monday evening. In other news, Brian Fagioli reported that the System76 Oryx Pro is the gaming machine of your dreams and Matt Hartley thinks he knows where Ubuntu went wrong.

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Red Star Linux Caught Spying, Modifying, Deleting

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The big story today was the confirmation of hidden features in North Korea's Red Star OS, based on Red Hat/Fedora. It was a top headline on most websites many with plays on the words Open Source and oppressive. In more local circles the release of the first stable Solus OS excited the community and the first reviewer asked where's vi.

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Linux Flaws - or Perhaps Features

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Today in Linux news, Joel Lee identified 5 flaws in Linux that "need fixing." Some of them sound more like features to me. Elsewhere, the Fedora election results are in and Jamie Watson was pleasantly surprised by SparkyLinux Enlightenment. Michael Larabel laments the biggest disappointments of the year and Maximum PC has a review of Alienware's Steam Machine.

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Fedora, Wayland, and Arch Reviews

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Today in Linux news Dedoimedo found a distribution he described as "decent." Elsewhere, Pavlo Rudyi tested Plasma on Wayland and Neil Rickert discussed Kwallet. PCWorld's Jared Newman said Monday, "Ubuntu appears to have fallen far short of the 200 million user goal it set back in 2011" and Jesse Smith reviewed Arch Linux in today's Distrowatch Weekly noting a "fondness growing for Arch."

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Wayland: New Live KDE ISO and Server-side Decorations

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Jonathan Riddell today announced the first Plasma Wayland Live Image so everyone can test drive the new graphics server. Riddell added this is a milestone release because Wayland is able to run a full session including applications. Martin Graesslin joined the conversation by saying server-side window decorations are coming to Wayland early next year.

Riddell wrote that users of the live DVD will "notice some obvious glitches" but all the goodies should be "appreciated by everybody." I didn't have too much luck myself. I did get to the desktop I think, but nothing else materialized. I did see the wallpaper and a pointer. It may be been my dual monitors that threw it off. One screen had the full screen background, but the other monitor had a small section of background and a lot of black. It looked like it was trying to do a clone, but perhaps Wayland is cardist against NVIDIAs or something.

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  • Server-Side Decorations Implemented For KDE KWin On Wayland

    KDE's Martin Gräßlin has announced a Christmas present to everyone looking forward to KDE on Wayland: support for server-side decorations.

    KDE on Wayland has long been planning to use server-side decorations rather than the client-side decorations done by others on Wayland. Martin has now implemented the KWin/Wayland server-side decorations support to replace the "ugly" and feature-lacking Qt client-side decorations used by default.

  • KDE Releases First Plasma Wayland Live Image
  • First KDE Plasma 5 Wayland Live ISO Image Is Now Available for Download

    A few moments ago, December 18, KDE developer and ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the first ever Live ISO image with the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment running on top of the next-generation Wayland display server.

Hit Backspace 28 Times or Upgrade Tonight

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Another Linux security vulnerability has been discovered and making the news for a couple of days. Researchers discovered that hitting backspace 28 times allows bypassing of security measures. In other news, Microsoft is increasing pressure on loyal users to upgrade to Windows 10 and Adriaan de Groot said Plasma 5 on FreeBSD when it's stable. Dedoimedo was disappointed in another distro and Bruce Byfield listed nine reasons to use Open Source.

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Manjaro, Makulu, and Microsoft

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Today in Linux news, Jack Wallen predicts 2016 will be the year of Linux desktop, sorta. Blogger Dark Duck reviewed Manjaro Linux 15.09 today and Gary Newell reviewed Makulu Aero Edition. OpenSource.com has 10 handy tools for sysadmins and 10 amazing Open Source projects from 2015. Elsewhere, Bryan Lunduke spoke with community leaders about compromise and LinuxBSDos.com posted a look at elementary OS 0.3.2.

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