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Linux Vulnerability and Trojan Causing Headaches

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The news on everyone front page today involves another Linux kernel flaw that allows a local user to gain root privileges. Along those same lines is a trojan recently discovered that takes screenshots and attempts to make recordings through your microphone. In other news, Jeff Hoogland explained why he chooses Ubuntu on which to base Bodhi and Peter Hutterer clarified the importance of the X.Org Foundation.

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KDEPIM Akregator Faster than Ever

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Today in Linux news, Laurent Montel posted of new Akregator plans since version 2 was scrapped. Elsewhere, Matt Hartley discussed what he misses from Windows while Michael Sexton reported that Microsoft will limit processor updates to Windows 10 - pushing more users to Linux. Arch ended up winning that FOSS Force Distro of Year poll and Jesse Smith reviewed Kwort 4.3 in today's Distrowatch Weekly.

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New Fedora 24 Schedule, Privacy Concerns, Moksha 0.2.0

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The Fedora project today announced the revised released schedule for version 24 now in development. Jeff Hoogland posted of a new release of his home-brewed lightweight desktop and Ubuntu 15.04 nears EOL. Jack Wallen said Solus is "going places" and Dedoimedo wrote "Netrunner 17 Horizon redeems the Plasma desktop." Today's final food for thought comes from KDE's Sebastian Kügler who discussed whether free software should protect users' privacy too.

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Ubuntu's New Feather, MEPIS Extinct, Fedora N-1 Upgrades

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The top story in today's Linux news must be Canonical's announcement of a big AT&T contract. One headline said AT&T chose Ubuntu over Windows. Elsewhere, blogger Megatotoro today remembered MEPIS and Adam Williamson discussed Fedora's upgrade process. Hackaday.com's Brian Benchoff said Stallman messed up in the open hardware department and KDE-look.org and friends have a new owner.

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Linux Quiz, Another Poll, and Win-ning

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Today in Linux news, FOSS Force is running a Linux history quiz - fun for the whole family. OpenSource.com is running a poll wondering which Linux distribution you use and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols outlines "what's new and nifty in Linux 4.4." Infoworld.com's Galen Gruman said today that "Linux won without winning" and the community should celebrate. Jack Wallen said Ubuntu messed up when they dropped UbuntuOne while Ubuntu 16.04 is said to be the best Ubuntu in years.

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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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