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Top 10 Distros of 2015, Microsoft a Great Start

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Today in Linux news, Tecmint posted a look at the top 10 distributions of the year. Jim Zemlin said today that Linux Foundation and Microsoft's partnership is off to a "great start." KDE Plasma 5.5 was released yesterday "with beautiful new artwork" and The Linux Homefront Project gave it the once over. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre posted the 17.3 upgrade process and Chris Hoffman reviewed 17.3 for PCWorld.

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BSDs in Linuxland and Best Rolling Distros

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OpenBSD and PC-BSD got the review treatment today at Distrowatch.com and OpenSource.com, proving Linux isn't the only game in town. Several rolling distribution topics arose as well with Dedoimedo fighting Netrunner 2015.11 from destroying a laptop and Jesse Afolabi looking at the best user-friendly distributions based on Arch. Elsewhere, the Mint 17.3 screenshots sprang up faster than a boot-up screen and Curtis Franklin Jr. put together a slideshow on 10 distros perfect for gifts.

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Mint 17.3 Announced, Ubuntu Wins, Spying SMARTs

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Clement Lefebvre announced the releases of Mint 17.3 Cinnamon and MATE Friday evening with lots of improvements and tweaks. Being a long term support release, users can get updates until 2019! Elsewhere, the Free Software Foundation is having a donation drive and the Linux Foundation is urging all Website to get encrypted. Additionally, Robert Cringely cringed at the thought of his appliances spying on him and Dedoimedo said Zorin OS 10 is "looking even better."

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2015 LQ Awards and Linuxmint.com Returns, 17.3 Delayed

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The 2015 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards categories are being updated this year. Discussion are ongoing. Slackware Live got Cinnamon and MATE flavors and Linuxmint.com is back saying 17.3 "isn't out yet." Elsewhere, Italo Vignoli suggested six LibreOffice extensions to "add new functionality or make existing functionality easier to use" and Doc Searls examined how "The Regulatorium" is ruining Linux wireless.

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Warsow 2.0 Released and LinuxMint.com MIA

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The release of Warsow 2.0 seemed to be the top story on this slow-news Wednesday. Several Websites covered the release that was 18 months in the making. Back in Linuxville, Linuxmint.com and friends have been off-line for a couple of days now, just as some other sites were reporting the release of 17.3. Elsewhere, Pavlo Rudyi shared his experiences with Wayland in Fedora Rawhide and Jack M. Germain posted the top 10 Open Source developments of 2015.

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Deepin the Best, Fedora 21 Buried, and RMS

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Linuxbsdos.com today wrote that Linux Deepin could be the best distribution of the year. The Ubuntu-based distro features its own in-house desktop that's "a whole lot better" than Cinnamon. To Jack Wallen, Ubuntu GNOME is the "perfect" distribution though. Elsewhere, Fedora 21 reach its end-of-life and Slackware Live hit Beta 2. In software news, KDE user Swapnil Bhartiya said today that GNOME 3.18 is "simple and easy" and GIMP 2.9.2 was released.

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Arch and Tumbleweed, Running Sans Systemd

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Swapnil Bhartiya today posted an interesting article describing his experiences using Tumbleweed the last weeks from an Arch user's point of view. I feel inspired. Elsewhere, James Darvell asks if the latest Microsoft Linux ceasefire is true love or just toxic and the Linux Migrant noticed MX-15 is in beta. A Slashdot reader today asked if folks will be able to run a modern desktop system into 2016 without systemd. So far, no one has really given him a straight answer.

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Cloudy Issues and the Perfect Distro

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Today in Linux news, Bruce Byfield hits the cloud nail on the head with his thoughts on the cloud. Are folks sacrificing the independence gained by switching to Linux by trusting cloud vendors? Elsewhere, Bryan Lunduke ponders the perfect Linux distribution and an update on the new Debian Live emerged. Pavlo Rudyi posted a look back at GIMP's 20 years and Samuel Mehrbrodt discussed improving LibreOffice's toolbars.

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GIMP Celebrates 20 Years, Releases 2.8.16

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The top story today is the twentieth anniversary of GIMP, Open Source image manipulation application. To celebrate the project released version 2.8.16 with several new features and a revamped Website. The Linux down under suffered another data breach and Jamie Watson posted a series of step-by-step guides to configure popular desktops. Several reviews blipped the radar as well in today's Linux news.

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Windows at 30, Slack Live Beta Systemd-less

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Today in Linux news, Windows turns 30 and The Verge has a pictorial. In other news, AlienBob said Slackware Live will remain without systemd "for a while" and The Register overheard a GNOME bugzilla report crediting a cat for finding a bug. Stephen O'Grady tracked changing attitudes towards Open Source and the Elementary OS are forking Geary to save it.

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