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Cost of Windows, Bit by POODLE, and Torvalds on Torvalds

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The big story today is POODLE, a web vulnerability bug that could affect Linux users. Mageia 5 Beta 1 is delayed again and Linux Mint gets an improved update manager. GNOME 3.14.1 and KDE 5.1 updates were released. Libby Clark has the best quotes from Linus at LinuxCon and Zorin OS 9 "Lite" is "one of the best LXDE spins of 2014."

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Divisive Community, the Ubuntu Desktop, and is Idealism Dead?

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Today in Linux news, Desktop Team manager at Canonical says the desktop isn't being neglected at Ubuntu. Matt Hartley looks at how friction helps and hurts the Linux community. Steven Ovadia talks to Eric Hameleers about his "Linux setup" and Dietrich T. Schmitz shares his thoughts on Fedora 21 so far. And finally today, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 was released.

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Rolling Release Round-Up and GNOME's Comeback

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Today's tiptoe through the headlines revealed a rolling release round-up in this week's Distrowatch Weekly. Sean M. Kerner touches on the highlights of CAINE Linux and Bruce Byfield asks if GNOME can make a comeback. ChromeOS has been said to have dissed Linux users and several other Linux tidbits are featured in tonight's Linux news watch.

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OpenMandriva & Cylon Reviews, and Netflix Official

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In today's Linux news are reviews of Cylon Linux and OpenMandriva's latest. Folks are all abuzz about a Netflix announcement from Canonical and more drones are discovered running Linux. In addition, we have several software stories to share with names like Marble, Epiphany, and Scribus.

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The CoreOS Threat, Real Adobe Issue, and openSUSE 13.2 RC1

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Today's Linux feeds brought news of the release of openSUSE 13.2 RC1 and Jiri Eischmann discusses GNOME and Wayland in Fedora 21. Matt Asay says CoreOS is an "existential threat to Linux vendors" and Jack Wallen says Linux users do have reason to be concerned over Adobe's dropping Linux support. The Linux Voice says "you might be using the wrong Linux distribution" and Linus doesn't have the time or any interest in Lennart Poettering's problems.

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Linux 3.17, ROSA R4 Released, and the Kano Computer

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Today in Linux news, it seems a lot of folks are talking about Linux kernel 3.17, so let's take a look. In other news, ROSA Fresh R4 was announced. The Daily Maverick covered Mark Shuttleworth's victory over an aggressive tax code and Science 2.0 shows users all about a new little Linux computer as much fun for grown-ups as it is for kids.

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Poettering Fallout, GamingOnLinux Shake-up, and Replacing Xfce

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There was so much news today I hardly know where to start. All the reactions to Poettering's Google+ post probably dominated the headlines today, followed closely by the resignation of GamingOnLinux as Editor in Chief. In other news, Bryan Lunduke shares his thoughts on Cinnamon and Matt Hartley says it's time to replace Xfce. There are a couple of KDE tidbits as well as news that another German city is ditching Windows for Linux.

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Bitter Poettering, LibreOffice at 4, and Linux Tidbits

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The systemd fallout is getting to creator Lennart Poettering, who is sounding quite disillusioned. Sean Michael Kerner scored an interview with The Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli on the future of LibreOffice. Jesse Smith reviewed PC-BSD 10.0.3 in today's Distrowatch Weekly and Paul Venezia imagines Linux servers as "transient processes and services." And finally today, we have several Linux distribution tidbits to report.

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GNOME 3.14 and Elementary OS Turning Heads, Bash Bashed

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The release of GNOME 3.14 on September 24 has earned good marks and Elementary OS is still getting positive reviews. Gearhead Mark Gibbs introduces users to Debian GNU/Linux. We have Scott Dowdle and Christian Schaller on Fedora 21 Alpha and Phoronix is reporting Rahul Sundaram suggests using Dash instead of Bash. We have more on Shellshock and its fallout as well as some gaming news from GamingOnLinux.com. And finally today is an opinion on Mark Shuttleworth's September 30, 2014 post.

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Bad Saved Games, Fedora Scheduling, and Scribbling

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In tonight's Linux news, GamingOnLinux.com poster says "game saves are messing up our drives" - stop it! Phoronix.com is reporting on discussions of changing Fedora release schedule. Jack Germain says Scribbleton creates a personal local wiki to store anything from notes to books and Opera 25 draws near.

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