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Great News for Start of the Week: The H is Back!

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“The H-Online UK archive appears to be up again,” said David Gerard from Wikipedia, “with old URLs working.” Fantastic!

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Mageia 4, Firefox 27 & 29, and a Linux Language Barrier

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Mageia 4 was released on schedule last weekend and got the full treatment by friend Jamie Watson at ZDNet while Sean Kerner posted a screenshot tour and brief introduction. Firefox 27 and 29 are getting some attention. Red Hat's Chris Mendler is planning to open a run distillery in his spare time. And Jack Wallen thinks geek speak is keeping Linux out of the mainsteam.

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Results for Our ‘Red Hat & the NSA’ Poll

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If Red Hat isn’t working hand-in-hand with the NSA in its efforts to spy on us, then this poll obviously represents a public relations problem for the Raleigh, North Carolina based company. Although it’s doubtful that many, if any, of those taking this poll are Red Hat customers, we can only assume that results such as we’re seeing here indicate a potential problem of perception even outside the free software community. It wouldn’t bode well for Red Hat if these sentiments were to spread to include it’s user base.

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Free software campaign for European elections

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France's free software advocacy group April has launched a campaign to get candidates for the European elections of 22 - 25 May 2014 to state their support for these type of software solutions. The Free Software Pact campaign is Europe-wide and the group is inviting free and open source enthusiasts to help contact as many candidates as possible.

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MWC 2014: What gadgets to expect at this year’s show

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After launching the super slim Huawei Ascend P6 all the way back in June 2013, the Chinese company may use MWC to showcase the Ascend P6S.

If Huawei had a 6.18mm thin chassis to boast about its Ascend P6, sadly the updated model offers an increased thickness to 6.48mm. Its original 1.5GHz quad-core processor has been bumped up to 1.6GHz while the RAM stays at 2GB. That the device’s internal memory has been doubled from 8GB to 16GB may sound good to you.

Unfortunately, the phone still doesn’t support 4G LTE and makes do with 3G. With its 4.7-inch display and a 2,000mAh battery, the phone doesn’t seem too different from the original model. It still comes pre-installed with Android 4.2.2 and Huawei’s EmotionUI over the top.

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Cambodia Is Rapidly Freeing Itself From Wintel

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Cambodia is an emerging market and that other OS is sinking into oblivion pretty rapidly. “8″ is already swamped by Android/Linux, XP too, and “7″ is sliding rapidly. There is just no way for Wintel to keep up with sales of small cheap computers. In January 2013, the entire share of page-views counting desktops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones was 64.4% Wintel. Now, it’s 51.7%. That’s a 20% per annum decline. The tax is too prohibitive. Bundling the OS with the hardware doesn’t hide anything when there’s competitive hardware and software in the market. The positive feedback that locked the world into Wintel is now pushing the world away from M$. A similar pattern is emerging in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and many other regions although less dramatic. It’s all good.

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