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Peppermint OS 6 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS and LXDE - Gallery

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The Peppermint development team, through Mark Greaves, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of their Peppermint OS 6 Linux operating system based on Ubuntu.

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New Linux Based OS Brings Internet of Things Closer to Reality

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The "Internet of Things," or IoT, has the potential to change the way we interact with the devices and objects in our homes and lives.

The IoT is the idea that all of the devices and gadgets that you interact with could be connected to the internet.

To make this work, the "things" would need sensors, actuators and a way to connect to the Internet. And software to run them, of course.

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Why a Rolling Release Model is the Way to Go for Any OS

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In the last year or so, I've noticed that rolling-release distributions are becoming more and more popular among Linux users, and even big names like Ubuntu are considering the switch to a rolling update development model, but I think all operating systems should use the rolling release model.

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elementary OS "Freya" Finally Gets Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

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elementary OS "Freya" has been out for some time now, but developers are still adding features to it despite the fact that it has been dubbed stable. Now, users have the option to define custom keyboard shortcuts, which was a very sought after feature.

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Q4OS Linux Distro Will Allow Users to Purchase Apps via New Software Center

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On May 22, Softpedia was informed by the developer of Q4OS, a small distribution of GNU/Linux that uses the old-school KDE3 desktop environment and was designed for low-end computers, that the distro reached version 1.2.2.

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GNU/Linux: the desktop that never was

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About 6 years ago, I wrote an article about why I felt that installing software in GNU/Linux was broken. It pains me to say that the situation is, sadly, exactly the same:GNU/Linux never made it to personal computers, really, and at this point it looks like it never will.

Huawei launches 10KB LiteOS to power the internet of things

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is preparing to launch an operating system for the internet of things that's just 10 kilobytes in size. The company says that its "LiteOS" is the "lightest" software of its kind and can be used to power a range of smart devices — from wearables to cars. Huawei predicts that by 2025 there will be roughly 100 billion internet-connected devices in the world, with 2 million new sensors deployed every hour. The company also said that the OS would be "opened to all developers" to allow them to quickly create their own smart products — although it's unclear whether this means that LiteOS will be fully open-source. Huawei says LiteOS also supports "zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking."

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Linux Container Operating Systems: Thin Is In

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When is less really more? When it's a Linux operating system designed to run containers, such as Red Hat Atomic Host, Ubuntu Snappy, or CoreOS. As developers increasingly embrace containers for building and running apps, these small footprint systems could change the operating system's long-standing role as a catch-all for historic but less-important functions, like fax servers.

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Tiny Core Linux 6.3 Release Candidate 1 Now Ready for Testing

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The Tiny Core developers were happy to announce the availability of the first Release Candidate version of the upcoming Tiny Core Linux 6.3 computer operating system. Tiny Core Linux is being known as one of the tiniest distributions in the world.

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Elementary OS Freya: Is This The Next Big Linux Distro?

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I’ve tried just about every flavor of Linux available. Not a desktop interface has gone by that hasn’t, in some way, touched down before me. So when I set out to start kicking the tires of Elementary OS Freya, I assumed it was going to be just another take on the same old desktop metaphors. A variation of GNOME, a tweak of Xfce, a dash of OSX or some form of Windows, and the slightest hint of Chrome OS. What I wound up seeing didn’t disappoint on that level—it was a mixed bag of those very things. However, that mixed bag turned out to be something kind of special … something every Linux user should take notice of.

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