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Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works!

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Google currently has two OSes on the market: Android and Chrome OS. The company is never one to leave a successful product alone in the marketplace, though, so it's also developing a third operating system called "Fuchsia." When we last checked in on the experimental OS in May 2017, calling it an "OS" was a bit of a stretch. We only got the system UI up and running on top of Android, where it then functioned like an app. The UI offered a neat multi-window system, but mostly it was just a bunch of placeholder graphics. Nothing worked.

It has been hard to check in on Fuchsia since. The Fuchsia system UI, which was written with a cross-platform SDK called "Flutter," quickly shut down the Android (and iOS) compatible builds. Fuchsia has a Vulkan-based graphics stack, and no emulator supports the new-ish graphics API. The only way to get Fuchsia up and running again was with actual hardware, and the only supported devices were Intel NUC PCs from 2015 and the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop.

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Linspire 8.0 and Freespire 4.0 Slated for Release in mid-December 2018

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If you think the release of Linspire 7.0 and Freespire 3.0 were just a one-off, think again because we're now in possession of the release roadmap for both operating systems, and it looks like we should be able to get our hands on the next major releases at the end of the year. But, in the meanwhile, we'll be able to test a lot of the beta versions for both Freespire 4.0 and Linspire 8.0, as well as to enjoy new incremental versions of current releases.

"Today we are releasing the release schedule and roadmap for Linspire and Freespire. These dates are not set in stone and there may be some alterations due to holidays and development mishaps. While the Freespire beta's will be available publicly the Linspire beta's will be available to subscription holders and insiders," says Roberto J. Dohnert in today's announcement.

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Parted Magic Disk Partitioning, Cloning and Rescue Linux OS Has a New Release

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Coming four months after version 2017_09_05, which was the most successful release to date, Parted Magic 2018_01_08 ships with Linux kernel 4.14.11, a version that includes patches for the newly discovered Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, as well as better support for newer graphics cards.

"The 2017_09_05 release was our most successful release to date with very little complaints. Instead of changing a bunch of stuff for the sake of changing a bunch of stuff, we basically kept it the way it was," says developer Patrick Verner in the release announcement. "We only addressed the little issues and updated relevant software."

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System76 Continues to Improve HiDPI Support for Their Ubuntu-Based OS in 2018

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Work on the second release of Pop!_OS Linux will continue this year with a rebase on Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, due for release on April 26, 2018. The distro will also be released this spring, after Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and will feature out-of-the-box support for HiDPI displays.

System76 says that it received great feedback from the community in regards to the HiDPI improvements they are adding into Pop!_OS Linux lately, and, besides the fixing many of the reporting issues, they are also working on better integration of the HiDPI daemon into the desktop, including support for tweaking its behavior.

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Solaris 11.4 To Move From GNOME 2 Desktop To GNOME Shell

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For those happening to use Oracle Solaris on desktops/workstations, Solaris 11.4 will finally be making the transition from GNOME 2 to the GNOME 3.24 Shell.

GNOME Shell has been the default GNOME user interface since 2011 while with the upcoming Solaris 11.4 update is when Oracle is finally making the plunge from GNOME 2.x to GNOME 3.24. Longtime Sun/Solaris developer Alan Coopersmith confirmed, "Gnome Shell is coming in Solaris 11.4, which upgrades GNOME to version 3.24."

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AndEX OS Now Lets You Run Android 8.1 Oreo with Windows 10 Launcher on Your PC

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Dubbed AndEX Oreo 8.1, the new build of Arne Exton's Android x86_64 fork is the first to be based on Google's Linux-powered Android 8.1 "Oreo" mobile operating system, allowing anyone to install and run Android Oreo on their personal computers.

For those switching from Microsoft Windows 10 to this Linux-based alternative, AndEX Oreo 8.1 comes bundled with a Windows 10 Launcher that looks just like the real thing, but probably even slicker thanks to the improvements put by Google in Android Oreo.

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Black Lab Software Releases Freespire 3.0 & Linspire 7.0 Linux Operating Systems

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After giving users free copies of Linspire 7.0 for Christmas, Black Lab Software's CEO Roberto J. Dohnert is now also releasing the freely distributed Freespire 3.0 operating system, a slimmed down version of the commercial Linspire 7.0, which can now be purchased from the developer's website.

"While both contain common kernel and common utilities, they are targeted towards two different user bases. Freespire is a FOSS distribution geared for the general Linux community," reads the announcement. "Linspire is a commercial release which builds on the elegant Freespire foundation."

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Tizen OS set to dominate 70% of the global smart TV market this year

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Smart TV refers to digital TVs that use various operating systems (OS) such as Tizen (Samsung) webOS (LG), FirefoxOS (Panasonic) and Android (Sony). This year saw the advent of numerous smart TV’s and one of the leading manufacturers of these products is Samsung Electronics. This company has released TVs with multiple sizes, specs, and compatibility. It successfully debuted “The Frame“, a smart TV which is more like an artwork hung on a wall when not in use. For the first time, Samsung’s TV sales volume is expected to surpass 70%. With the inclusion of advanced features such as voice recognition, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a variety of content that runs on the latest Tizen operating system, Samsung Electronics is certainly leading the growth of the smart TV market. According to market researcher IHS Markit and the electronics industry, the share of smart TV in the global TV market this year is estimated to account for over 60% of total TV sales.

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FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions

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The FSF's list showcases GNU/Linux operating system distributions whose developers have made a commitment to follow its Guidelines for Free System Distributions. Each one includes and endorses exclusively free "as in freedom" software.

After extensive evaluation and many iterations, the FSF concluded that PureOS, a modern and user-friendly Debian-derived distribution, meets these criteria.

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7-Way Linux OS Comparison With KVM

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Complementing our recent Amazon EC2 Linux cloud distribution benchmarks, here are some fresh test results when comparing various Linux distributions when benchmarking them as guest VMs with the KVM hypervisor.

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