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Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean

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GNU
Linux
Server

Linux server slinger Linode has doubled its RAM allocations per-server, and swapped out all its hard drives with SSDs allowing it to match upstart Digital Ocean on prices.

The new gear was announced by the company in a blog post on Thursday. It contains new Ivy Bridge E5-2680 v2 processors, greater networking bandwidth, and larger memory allocations, as well as SSDs for storage.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Yes, you can install this release on your computers and servers safely in the knowledge that you’ll be getting critical security updates and patches as and when they’re issued. Plus, every so often, a new Hardware Enablement Stack (read: Linux kernel supporting new hardware) will be issued to let you get the most our of your hardware and accessories.

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FreeBSD Advances For ARM, Bhyve, Clang

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BSD

The lengthy FreeBSD Q1'2014 report covers the state of various FreeBSD projects like using the LLVM/Clang compiler, FreeBSD for ARM, Intel graphics support on FreeBSD, and many other topics on various FreeBSD projects.

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Project Ara build-it-yourself smartphone coming in January

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Android

It was in October 2013 when Motorola, for the first time, introduced us to Project Ara – an attempt at making modular smartphones. The goal was to change the future of smartphones by building a smartphone system which is customisable, upgradeable and open at the hardware level. And it just might, as Google‘s modular Gray Phone (aka Project Ara) will be made available in January 2015 for around $50. (Though Motorola was later acquired by Chinese company Lenovo, Google got to keep the patents as well as Project Ara at Mountain View.)

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KDE 4.1.3 Released, Orphan Linux, and Mint Tips

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KDE
Linux

Today's news search might have been a bit of a bust if not for the release of KDE 4.1.3 yesterday. This release is said to bring major updates as well as new features and bug fixes. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols posted some tips and tricks for using Linux Mint. And finally, an orphanage is using Linux to teach children about computers and programming.

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Review of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 seems to be all about refining the Ubuntu desktop. While there are not a lot of amazing new features in this release, there are quite a few very useful and needed tweaks that add up to a much better desktop experience. Canonical’s designers seem to be listening to Ubuntu users again, and they seem willing to make the changes necessary to give the users what they want. That may be the single most important thing about Ubuntu 14.04. It could be an indication of a sea change in Canonical’s attitude toward Ubuntu users.

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Android is the only hope for Intel while Microsoft’s market declines

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Android
Microsoft

Intel is chasing ARM the U.K. company whose processor designs are used in most tablets today, including those running both Android and Apple’s iOS.

According to report Intel shipped 5 million tablet chips this year, but revenue from its Mobile and Communications Group fell 61 percent year over year. That’s partly because of the subsidies and the need to focus for now on the low-end Android market, but Intel hopes things will look up with its later, more capable chips.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS Screenshot Tour

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GNOME
Ubuntu

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS has been released along with all the other flavors of Ubuntu and it’s based on GNOME 3.10. We prepared a screenshot tour to illustrate some of the features.

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LG’s golden G3 smartphone is arriving this summer

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Android

LG G3 would feature a display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, the company confirmed. Other details (as earlier rumoured for the Android device) include a 5.5-inch QHD display, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot (up to 64GB), Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, and a 13-megapixel camera.

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Lubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Has Been Released and Is Ready to Replace Windows XP

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Ubuntu

The Lubuntu developers don't usually make big changes from one version to another, and this is true for the latest build of the Linux distribution. This aspect is even more important because this is an LTS release and it's supposed to provide a stable and fast experience.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Server Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

To complement the just-published Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS desktop benchmarks are results when running a variety of workstation and server oriented benchmarks.

From an Intel Core i7 4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme Edition system were these open-source server/workstation benchmarks being tested on clean installs of 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS. The stock settings and options were used.

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Is Now Available for Download

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KDE
Ubuntu

As it was to be expected, Kubuntu14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is based on KDE Plasma 4.13, which got its final version only yesterday. The Kubuntu developers managed to get their new LTS version out with the stable version in the nick of time.

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Xubuntu 14.04 Available For Download [Video, Screenshots]

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Ubuntu

Like Ubuntu, Xubuntu 14.04 also ships with the 3.13.0-24.46 Ubuntu Linux Kernel, based on the upstream 3.13.9 Linux Kernel, Xorg server 1.15.1 and Mesa 10.1.0. It's also important to note that the default I/O scheduler was changed from CFQ to Deadline.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) review: Solid and stable, but no big changes

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Long Term Support (LTS) releases, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 'Trusty Tahr', are not expected to present radical changes, as these should be made in the interim releases. Instead, an LTS release should add stability and polish to interim changes. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was suggested almost three years ago by Mark Shuttleworth as the release that would see convergence across all hardware formats. In retrospect, this goal could only have been reached if the elements required for convergence — Mir and Unity 8 — had been successfully introduced in earlier releases. Although Canonical made some effort to do this, development was eventually refocused on Ubuntu for phones and tablets and convergence is now unlikely to happen until 2015. As it stands, Ubuntu 14.04 is left running X window server and the Unity 7 shell.

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Now you can access Windows PCs and Macs from Android devices

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Android
Microsoft
Mac

Google has finally launched it’s Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, which allows a Mac and Windows user to control their machines from an Android tablet or smartphone. It’s a really cool and one of the easiest Remote Desktop tool which works great.

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Choosing a license

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GNU
OSS

Free software projects need licenses. But choosing a license is such a pain that most github projects don’t even bother (resulting in an initiative by Github to rectify this). And when taking a closed source project and making it free software, the topic of license choice will take a huge amount of time and effort.

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Debian 6 “Squeeze” LTS Period Extended Until February 2016

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GNU
Linux
Debian

“This is an advance notice that regular security support for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (code name ‘squeeze’) will be terminated on the 31st of May. However, we're happy to announce that security support for squeeze is going to be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial release. This effort is driven by various interested parties / companies which require longer security support,” reads the official announcement.

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS being released today, here's some fresh benchmarks comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit performance against Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. In this article are desktop and gaming benchmarks comparing these versions of Ubuntu Linux.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Released, See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 was released today, so let's take a look at the most important new features and changes in this LTS release.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Officially Released

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GNOME
Ubuntu

This is the first LTS release for the developers of Ubuntu GNOME and, understandably, it is a very important version. The fans of this distribution have eagerly awaited for the new release in the series, especially because this is a major update for Ubuntu GNOME.

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