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Tanglu 3.0 Alpha Out Now Based on Debian 8 Jessie, Offers GNOME 3.16 and KDE Plasma 5

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Matthias Klumpp announced today, April 18, the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Alpha version of the upcoming Tanglu 3 Linux operating system.

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Elementary OS 0.3 (Freya) Released – A Quick Review and Installation Guide with Screenshots

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Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution, which started as a theme and application set for Ubuntu. From eye-candy theme and wallpaper it turns out to be an independent Linux distribution. It inherits legacy of Ubuntu OS and shares Ubuntu’s software Center for package management. It is known for its lightweight nature which is low on resource that makes it easy to run on old PCS, simple yet effective user interface, beautiful themes and wallpaper serves as an eye-candy to users and one of the best Linux OS for Linux newbies.

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elementary OS 0.3 Freya Can be Tweaked in Style with Elementary Tweaks

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Michael P. Starkweather announced recently that his Elementary Tweaks software is now available for the elementary OS 0.3 Freya Linux operating system, which was unveiled at the end of last week.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Opera Mini finally behaves like a native Android web browser

    If you're an Opera fan on Android, you no longer have to choose between Opera Mini's super-efficient web browsing and the native interface of its full-size sibling. The company has overhauled Mini to finally give it the Android-friendly look and core features of the regular browser, including redesigned Speed Dial shortcuts, a private browsing mode and a customizable design that scales nicely to tablet sizes. There's also a much-needed, Mini-specific data gauge so that you know how many megabytes you're saving. Give it a spin if you're trying to squeeze the most you can out of a capped cellular plan.

  • WhatsApp for Android gets a much-needed Material Design makeover, bringing cleaner layouts and new icons
  • 'Hearthstone' Arrives On iOS And Android Phones At Last
  • Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Update Release Continues

    The Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make some moves and today, the Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Lollipop update that’s begun to roll out for another one of Google’s variants. Just not the one that most people were expecting.

  • Google wants Android developers to make more kid-friendly apps

    Amazon has had a hard time keeping up with the sheer breadth of Google Play's app selection, but it's done a pretty great job when it comes to putting a spotlight on kid and family content. There's FreeTime Unlimited, a (cheap) monthly subscription service that gives younger users access to a wide selection of age-appropriate ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. And the company puts a worry-free guarantee behind its Fire HD Kids Edition; break the thing at any point over the course of two years, and Amazon will replace it for free.

  • New Android App Unlocks Your Phone At The Sound Of Your Voice

    The Android 5.0 Lollipop already lets you skip the traditional lock screen via Trusted Face, which uses facial recognition to make sure you're you, or if you’re connected to a Trusted Device, like a specific Bluetooth. Now, Google is adding a new smart lock: Trusted Voice, which uses voice recognition to check your identity.

  • LTE-Equipped Nexus 7 2013 (Razorg) Finally Gets The Android 5.1 Update

    It's been, what, five weeks since Google announced Android 5.1? In all that time the update has still not arrived on many of Mountain View's Nexus devices. At least one more is joining the 5.1 club today, and it's a little unexpected—the LTE Nexus 7 2013. No, the WiFi version still hasn't popped up.

  • LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes

    Over the past few months LG and its partnering carriers have been busy pushing the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to owners around the globe. And while most of the feedback has been positive, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also causing problems for many. The LG G2 in the US received Android 5.0 in February on AT&T, it hit Verizon in late March, and starting today is rolling out to T-Mobile owners.

  • This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost

    We could spend all day counting all of the things that make Android a great platform, but for real smartphone enthusiasts, the operating system’s tweakability is surely somewhere near the top of the list. If there’s functionality you’re looking for that your Android smartphone doesn’t have out of the box, the odds are pretty good that an app or a tweak is waiting to solve your problem.

  • Brussels to investigate Google's Android

Arch-Based Antergos Sees Updated Install Media With GNOME 3.16

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The crew behind the Arch Linux derived Antergos operating system have updated their official installation media.

The big changes with this updated install media is using the new Cnchi v0.8.0 installer and defaulting to GNOME 3.16 for the desktop experience.

For those not looking for a full-blown desktop experience powered by GNOME 3.16, the Antergos Minimal Install Image has been updated and is out at under 500MB.

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HandyLinux 1.9 Out Now, the Last Release Based on Debian 7 Wheezy

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arpinux, the creator of the HandyLinux operating system informed Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of the HandyLinux 1.9 release, the last version based on the upstream Debian 7 Wheezy distribution, before the switch to Debian 8 Jessie.

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Jolla Communicator for Ubuntu Helps Users Control Their Jolla Smartphones

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The Jolla community has put together an application called Jolla Communicator that allows users to send and receive messages on Ubuntu, which connected to a Sailfish OS-powered smartphone.

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Ubuntu-Based Nitrux OS Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 3.19

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Uri Herrera from Nitrux S.A. recently announced the immediate availability of Nitrux OS 4.15 Linux operating system that is currently used in their NXQ mini PC unveiled a couple of months ago.

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The best HDMI operating system sticks

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Google recently grabbed a lot of headlines for its new Chromebit, a Chrome OS computer in a HDMI stick. That's fine, but Google and Asus are far from the first to put a computer on an HDMI stick. That honor goes to FXI Technologies Cotton Candy, which released it first model in 2012.

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XKCD's Comic About OSes Is Hilarious, Predicts Launch Date of GNU Hurd 1.0

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The XKCD webcomics are funny because they are usually right on the money, with just a side dish of ridiculousness. The latest one is called Operating Systems and encompasses everything that is done wrong in this world, with just a single drawing and small, smart text about Richard Stallman.

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