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A Look at DietPi: A Lightweight OS for Your Pi Board

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DietPi caught my eye some time ago, but I really started to become acquainted with it when I reviewed the Orange Pi Zero recently. It more than deserves a good review of its own, which is what this post provides.

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Linux desktop operating system: A beginner's guide

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Linux. What is it? At one point in time it was a niche operating system run by those who wanted to show off their PC prowess and feel more alternative and l33t than the rest. But something happened on the way to the convention — Linux became accepted. Not only did this platform become accepted, it was adopted as a must-have technology by enterprise-level businesses, where reliability, flexibility, and security are key.

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Did North Korea Linux ripoff Apple’s macOS?

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North Korea has long been a mystery to most westerners. Life inside of the hermit kingdom is not easy for those of us in the west to fully understand, particularly when it comes to technology.

And yet North Korea has been active in developing its own computer operating system. The country has its own version of Linux called Red Star OS, which is often referred to as North Korea Linux.

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OpenELEC 8.0 Embedded Linux OS Receives First Point Release, SFTP Support Added

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Based on the latest Kodi 17.1 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software, OpenELEC 8.0 hit the stable channel last week with numerous new features, and it now received its first point release.

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BaruwaOS 6.9 Improves MTA Brute Force SMTP Password Cracking Protection, More

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Andrew Colin Kissa and the development team behind the Baruwa Enterprise Edition (popularly known as BaruwaOS) commercial operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux announced the release of BaruwaOS 6.9.

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Rancher Labs, Leveraging Container Tech, Releases World's Lightest Linux Distribution For Servers

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Rancher Labs released its ultra-lightweight Linux distribution on Tuesday, a product that illustrates how the container tech revolution is creating room for innovation in the operating system.

RancherOS, an operating system built from containers and geared exclusively for hosting them, achieves an unprecedentedly small footprint by eliminating Linux system libraries and utilities outside the kernel. Those often-extraneous components can be reintroduced separately in Docker containers when needed.

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Running Linux on your Chromebook with GalliumOS

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As a longtime user of Chromebooks, I know how useful and convenient those devices can be. They're light, the hardware is solid, and Chromebooks are excellent devices to carry while traveling or working on the go.

The main drawback of Chromebooks, though, is how tightly they're tied to Google's services. Over the last little while, I've been steadily de-Googlizing my life. One of the last big obstacles to doing that has been my Chromebook.

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KaOS Linux Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Brand-New Plasma Wayland Edition

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The developers of the independently developed KaOS GNU/Linux distribution were proud to announce today the release and general availability of the KaOS 2017.04 ISO snapshot for the month of April 2017.

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deepin 15.4 Linux OS Just Around the Corner, Second Release Candidate Fixes Bugs

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The development team behind the Debian-based deepin Linux distribution announced today, April 7, 2017, the release and immediate availability of the second Release Candidate milestone towards the upcoming major deepin 15.4 release.

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FreeRTOS-based remote I/O module links to IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT

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Artila’s “RIO-2010BM” remote digital I/O device runs FreeRTOS on a Cortex-M3, offers isolated inputs, and supports IBM’s Bluemix and Watson IoT platforms.

Like Artila Electronics’ RIO-2015PG, the RIO-2010BM is a remote I/O module that runs FreeRTOS on an MCU, and offers isolated digital I/O. The device is designed specifically for transmitting Modbus/TCP remote data to the IBM Bluemix service and IBM’s Watson IoT cloud-based analytics platform.

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Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 14

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Download latest Linux-based LibreELEC Krypton -- Kodi addons like Exodus and Covenant will work

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Arduino unveils tiny, battery powered MKR boards for LoRa and 3G

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AndEX Puts Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 64-Bit on Your PC with GAPPS and Netflix

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has released a new build of his Android-x86 fork AndEX that leverages Google's Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 mobile operating system for 64-bit PCs with various updates and improvements. Read more