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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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LibreOffice 3.4.6 Released as TDF Celebrates Three Years

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The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice 3.4.6, the latest update for the conservative user and supported deployments. This release brings over 100 bug and security fixes as the foundation celebrates three years. TDF released a video as "a testimonial of the activity of many members of the LibreOffice community."

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Bodhi 3.0 Released, Top 11 Distros for 2015

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Jeff Hoogland today announced Bodhi Linux 3.0.0. This is the first release after the scare of losing founder and lead developer; a release many thought may never come just a short while ago. Over at Linux.com Swapnil Bhartiya penned an article describing the best Linux contenders in a variety of categories for the coming year. Elsewhere, five developers say Linux should be used for making music.

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New Project Points to Danger of Boutique Distros

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On February 6 the CrunchBang project called it quits and certain community members spoke of resurrecting the once popular Linux distribution. Well, over the weekend a new project sprang forth from the ruins to form CrunchBang++. Elsewhere, Charles Schulz says the more distros change the more some stay the same and Matt Hartley warns of the dangers of smaller "boutique" distributions.

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CrunchBang, Elementary, and other Linux Complications

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The top stories today are more thoughts on CrunchBang and Elementary OS' move to raise capital. My Linux Rig spoke to Matthew Miller from Fedora about his desktop and Adam Williamson announced Fedora 22 Anacoda/DNF testing day. Canonical pats itself on the back for a job well done in media production and John Goerzen hits the complexity nail on the head.

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