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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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Best Software Ever isn't systemd

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Today in the Linuxsphere the systemd controversy doesn't seem to be subsiding as the main reason for it is no more. Jim Zemlin blogged about The Linux Foundation's efforts to save small but key projects from starving to death as well as contributing to the security process. Speaking of security, a new trojan has been identified that can open backdoors on Linux servers that can, among other things, participate in DDoS attacks. Matt Hartley shares his list of the best software ever for Linux and Leif Lodahl declares LibreOffice better than the competitors.

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It's Goodbye to CrunchBang, Or is It?

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Philip Newborough today announced the end of his Linux project that produced the fairly popular CrunchBang distribution. A few years back it seemed like a post would pop up every few days praising CrunchBang but Newborough said today that it was time to call it quits. "When progress happens, some things get left behind, and for me, CrunchBang is something that I need to leave behind." He said his users would be better off using vanilla Debian nowadays. Once upon a time CrunchBang filled a niche but today there are other more popular choices according to Newborough. He said of CrunchBang, "I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value." So the community bids adieu to yet another favorite...

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Bodhi 3.0 RC3 Released

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Jeff Hoogland announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.0 RC3, proving he is back. This release brings a new wiki and new blog section to the community as well. In other news Evolve OS is winning Jack Wallen away from Ubuntu and Michael Larabel has a report on GNU Guix, that started as a package manager but is turning into a distribution.

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