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Weird Names, New Filesystem, and Strange Distros

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The top story today seems to be the announcement from ex-Googlite Kent Overstreet of a new COW filesystem for Linux. In other news, Major Hayden explained why Ethernet devices have such weird names in Fedora and Manuel Jose covered the strangest Linux distributions. Elsewhere, Christine Hall posted her review of Bodhi 3.1.0 and Dedoimedo loved Mint 17.2. A review of LibreOffice 5 rounds out the day.

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Moksha, LibreOffice, and Antergos Woes

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Headlines pretty much returned to normal today as LinuxCon concluded last night, but a few stories still trickled in. Elsewhere, Christine Hall pondered the future of new Bodhi desktop Moksha and Jack Wallen discussed the LibreOffice 5.0 interface. And finally, adventures in Antergos dominated my day.

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The Latest from LinuxCon

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LinuxCon was the talk of the town this week with their announcements dominating the headlines. In other news, Ian Murdock blogged about how he came to Linux with a big thanks to Linus himself. Speaking of Linus, he made several headlines with his Q&A at LinuxCon this morning. Antergos got an update today, after my not having much luck with the last release last night. Dedoimedo said the Cinnamon desktop isn't "all sugar and spice" and Matthew Garrett didn't get a satisfying answer on intellectual property from Shuttleworth at LinuxCon.

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Debian & SFC Tout Copyright Aggregation Project as Debian turns 22

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The Debian Project and the Software Freedom Conservancy today announced the creation of the Debian Copyright Aggregation Project. The project protects contributors' code by enforcing the license as necessary. This announcement comes as contributors descend upon DebConf15 and Debianites worldwide celebrate Debian's twenty-second birthday. In other Linux news, Sabayon posted on their development this year and Gary Newell wondered if there is life for Enlightenment now they've been dumped by Bodhi.

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Users Don't Care Windows 10 Spyware, It's Free

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Just when I thought there wasn't much else to say about new Windows 10, several more headlines jumped out at me. In KDE news, Jonathan Riddell posted on the shiny new Plasma 5.4 Beta, Boudhayan Gupta detailed the next generation KSnapshot, and David Both shared a comprehensive guide to Dolphin. Elsewhere, Matt Hartley posted a slideshow of the best browsers for Linux.

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FSF's 30th, GNOME's 18th, Kali 2.0, and Fedora 23a

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The Free Software Foundation today announced their 30th birthday party to take place in Boston, Massachusetts in October. Also celebrating is GNOME, who turns 18 this Saturday, August 15. Elsewhere, Kali Linux 2.0 was announced, but one early review says it's not ready. Fedora 23 Alpha arrived yesterday as well bringing "wide changes" and Italo Vignoli looks at the numbers from LibreOffice 5.0 a week after its announcement.

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More Windows 10 Experiences from Linuxland

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That's pretty much "everything you do, say, and write." Some other tidbits from freemansperspective.com include:

* Windows now has a device encryption feature, but they keep a copy of your recovery key, stored in their (very secure, trust us) “cloud.”

Fedora 23 Alpha, Mint 17.2 KDE, and Tumbleweed

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Today in Linux news Fedora 23 Alpha is a go for next Tuesday. Clement Lefebvre announced the images for Linux Mint 17.2 KDE and Xfce and Neil Rickert shared results of his latest test install of openSUSE's Tumbleweed. Elsewhere, Jack Germain reviewed MyNotex and Chris Hoffman examined Purism Librem laptops Open Source credentials.

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Free Windows 10 Has Big Costs, Where's GIMP.org?

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It was a slow news day today in Linuxland, which is probably why several Windows 10 headlines jumped out at me. First up, is a paranoid's guide to securing Windows 10 that revealed listens to microphones and collects keystrokes of its users. Users brace for the first forced update and Christine Hall looks at some of gotchas to home and enterprise users. In other news, what's happened to gimp.org?

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DebConf15, LibreOffice 5, and Linux Rules Web

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Today in Linux news, the Debian Project today announced DebConf15, "the largest DebConf so far." This sixteenth Debian conference will take place for the first time in Germany, so folks are excited about that. Elsewhere, Netcraft posted that Linux continues to be the most used OS to run the top Websites around the Globe and the Hectic Geek reviewed the recently released Korora 22 saying it "works right out of the box."

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