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The long-awaited Maru OS source release

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Hey guys,

I'm happy to announce that Maru has been fully open-sourced under The Maru OS Project!

There are many reasons that led me to open-source Maru (https://blog.maruos.com/2016/02/11/maru-is-open-source/),
but a particularly important one is expanding Maru's device support with
the help of the community.

If you'd like to help out with a device port (even just offering to test a
new build helps a lot), let the community know on the device port planning
list (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/maru-os-dev/YufKu...)
. We currently have a few Nexus, LG, and Motorola builds being planned. If
you don't see your device on there and would like to help with development
or testing, please do chip in and we'll get it added to the list.

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KaOS Brings Serious Relevance Back to KDE

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If you’ve been looking for a distribution to sway you back to the KDE desktop, look no further than KaOS. It’s beautiful, runs with the snap of a much lighter desktop, and feels as reliable as any other option available for Linux. I haven’t been this impressed with KDE for a very, very long time. And, I am certain users would find themselves equally happy to return to a desktop that has long needed a champion like KaOS.

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elementary Devs Need Your Help for a 4 Day elementary OS Hackathon in Paris

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The elementary OS developers are currently working very hard on the next major release of the Ubuntu-based distro, elementary OS 0.4 "Loki", and they are planning on an elementary Hackfest event in Paris, France.

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OpenIndiana Operating System Gets MATE 1.14 Desktop Environment, New ISOs

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Alexander Pyhalov from the OpenIndiana development team was happy to announce the availability of the latest MATE 1.14 open-source desktop environment for the Solaris-derived operating system.

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CoreOS 1068.10.0 Released with Many systemd Fixes, Still Using Linux Kernel 4.6

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Today, August 23, 2016, the development team behind the CoreOS security-oriented GNU/Linux operating system have released the CoreOS 1068.10.0 stable update, along with new ISO images for all supported platforms.

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ReactOS 0.4.2 Operating System Lets You Mount and Read Various Unix Filesystems

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The ReactOS team announced recently the release of the second maintenance update for the ReactOS 0.4 series of the free and open-source operating system that based on the design principles of the Windows NT architecture.

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ReactOS 0.4.2 Released

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The ReactOS Project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.4.2, again within three months of the previous release. The team sincerely hopes that this new rapid release cycle will hold for future releases as well. If there is one word to describe progress on the project, it would be steady. The project is reaching a point where rapid releases are viable, where disruption from introduction of major components or restructuring has been greatly reduced from the tumultuous early years and even as recently as the late 0.3.x series. This being the case 0.4.2 presents a fairly incremental update from 0.4.1, primarily because no showstoppers appeared that required the team to wait literally years in order to spin it out. This, ultimately, is a good thing.

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OpenIndiana Mate and new test ISOs

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We are pleased to announce that Mate 1.14 is available in OI now. To facilitate installing, we’ve created pkg:/mate_install meta-package. Unfortunately, when you have both Gnome 2 and Mate installed, both of them try to use the same applications, so you’ll have interesting time removing Gnome 2 applications from Mate and vice versa.
We also prepared test Live DVD ISOs/USB images with MATE, which are available at http://dlc-int.openindiana.org/hipster/20160816/ (OI_MATE_experimental.iso/usb). Note that these USB images don’t longer require 1G/2G header file, and can be directly dd’ed to USB stick.

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Also: Solaris-Derived OpenIndiana Releases MATE Desktop ISOs

Google Fuschia To Run On Magenta Kernel Instead Of Linux

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Fuschia, the brand new operating system of Goggle, is currently in the works with a promising Magenta Kernel. While rumors spread that this latest OS from Google might combine Android and Chrome OS into one, we dig deeper on Fuschia’s potential benefits and drawbacks.
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Google Source reveals the latest information and GitHub leaks it as "Pink+Purple=Fuchsia (a new Operating System)." The code repository does not discuss further details, though.

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Also: Google waves goodbye to Linux for new IoT OS Fuchsia - coming soon to Raspberry Pi

Everybody Should Be Haiku Writing

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As many of my readers have probably figured out, I am a fan of the stuff that’s “out there.” You don’t even have to use it. It doesn’t need to be something that will necessarily set the world on fire. If there’s passion in its development and design, I’m pretty much on board. And I can’t wait to try it.

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