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NVIDIA 331.67 Stable Linux Driver Officially Released

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Linux
Hardware

This latest driver update arrives only a day after the previous Beta release, which caused quite a stir because it featured the option to overclock the video card. It may not seem like much but, in fact, this is actually great progress for the NVIDIA drivers.

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Google jumps on Windows XP's demise with Chromebook for business offer

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GNU
Linux
Google

GOOGLE HAS BEEN QUICK to jump on the demise of Windows XP, and is looking to persuade businesses still running the operating system to buy Google Chromebooks instead.

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Leaked images and video show simplified Android TV UI

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Android
Google

Rumors of the impending sunsetting of Google TV have been around at least since September when Sony, Google’s most stalwart partner for its struggling, Android-based Google TV, announced a Bravia Smart Stick media player. Sony noted “Google services” but never mentioned Google TV. The trend was confirmed by several unnamed Google TV partners in an October report by GigaOM that cited the “Android TV” name. In December, when Marvell announced an Android 4.2.2-ready, Armada 1500 Plus SoC update to the official SoC of Google TV — the Armada 1500 — the Android TV term was used again.

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SUSE and Red Hat Training, New Linux "Flaw," and Fedora Changes

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Red Hat
SUSE

Today's news includes two Linux makers now offering new training courses. The Var Guy discusses the biggest change afoot in Fedora development. David Ramel recaps some of the more publicized "Linus Torvalds Rants," and a lot more Linux advice for former XP users.

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Fedora Linux Plans Changes for Open Source OS

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GNU
Linux
Red Hat

Fedora Linux, the open source operating system associated with Red Hat (RHT), has major changes on the horizon. That's the plan, at least, as open source developers discuss revamping the platform through the initiative they're calling Fedora.next.

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Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

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GNU
Linux
Server

Cloud could finally prove cheaper than on-premise thanks to a new Linux-based technology that renders cloud hosting half the price of Amazon Web Services (AWS), it is claimed.

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Linux Kernel 3.12.17 LTS Officially Released

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Linux

If you are using any of the versions released until now in the Linux kernel 3.12.x branch, you should consider an update to this build. Keep in mind that this is an LTS release, which means that it's going to be around for a very long time. If you feel adventurous, you can ditch this LTS branch and go for the latest 3.14 version.

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Forget About Windows XP, Tranform Your Linux Mint in Windows 7

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Linux
Microsoft

In this case, Linux Mint 16 is the perfect candidate for a Windows 7 look-alike transformation and the Windows7 Pack (Cinnamon+ GTK3/2) theme works like a charm. You will have to move the files manually in the appropriate folders, but the themes should be easy to activate.

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Upcoming Btrfs Features for Linux Containers

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Linux

This feature would be useful to ensure that your distro partition wasn't tampered with by an attacker. Or to verify that the copy of the files you have on disk are the exact version you expect. On CoreOS this would make it very straightfoward for us to use btrfs exclusively and verify that our read-only updates were applied correctly.

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Ultimate Edition 3.9 Linux Distro Is a Complete Mess

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Reviews
Ubuntu

The previous version of Ultimate Edition was a more down-to-earth variant that came up with some interesting features. It was one of the few distros out there that chose to keep Unity as a desktop environment, but the current version is a complete mess.

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Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530

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GNU
Hardware

The ThinkPad T530 laptop features support for a third-generation Intel Core processor, QM77 chipset, and Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology. The ThinkPad T530 support for Coreboot is based in large part on the Coreboot support for the ThinkPad X230 ultrabook that was added at the beginning of the year.

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VectorLinux 7.1 RC Is a Light Distro Compatible with Slackware 14.1

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Linux

“We include Xfce4, the gimp, firefox, cups, exaile, popular multimedia plugins, and many other programs to maximize the desktop experience. Also new is an update to our very own installer, this was written from scratch and is a major improvement from previous installers. This is a RC release so final is soon to follow after initial peer testing,” notes the developer in the official announcement.

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Meizu Shows Its MX3 Running Ubuntu for Phones

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Ubuntu

Canonical announced a while ago that it had chosen Meizu and BQ as the first hardware partners for the first Ubuntu-powered phones, and now an official video of Ubuntu running on a Meizu phone has been made public.

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Lenovo unveils trio of budget Tab A-series Android tablets

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Android

As befits the pricing, specs are nothing to write home about, with all shipping with the same MediaTek MTK 8121 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 JellyBean (though upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat). They all come with 16GB of solid-state storage, 2-megapixel front-facing and 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and 1,280x800 displays.

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Geeksphone Selling Phone in Europe That Runs Firefox OS and Android

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Android
Moz/FF

There have been a lot of interesting developments surrounding Mozilla's Firefox OS platform and smartphones built on it. Mozilla made clear at the recent Mobile World Congress conference that it wants to seed a market for $25 phones based on the platform, putting smartphones in the hands of many people who haven't owned mobile phones before. And, a while back, I covered Geeksphone's concept for a high-end Firefox OS phone called Revolution that would purportedly run both Mozilla's platform and Android. Now, the Geeksphone Revolution, an Android smartphone on which it is easy to install Firefox OS, has gone on sale in France, Germany and the U.K. Some reports say that it will also go on sale in Italy.

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Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux

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Linux

It’s been my experience that, despite any progress, Ubuntu and distros like it have made in gaining new users, those in the tech media continue to get it wrong. In this article, I’ll examine how the tech media continues to spread misinformation about Linux on the desktop, why it happens and what we as users can do about it.

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Install Kubuntu on Windows XP systems

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GNU
KDE
Linux
Microsoft
Ubuntu

Windows XP has officially died today as Microsoft pulls the plugs that leaves millions of users as juicy targets for crackers and cyber criminals and there will be massive attacks on these systems so it’s extremely important for Windows XP users to move away from this dead OS. There are two options for such users – either they upgrade to heavily criticized Windows 8 (which may not even work on their current hardware) or they simply move to Linux.

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Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-08)

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Red Hat

Website Refresh for Fedora.next

Although she posted it on April 1st, Fedora designer Máirín Duffy’s proposal for Fedora’s website (considering Fedora.next) is no joke. I mentioned this effort last month, but there’s a lot more detail here, with sections on the brochure site, a user support site, and the “community hub”. Worth a read — and we’d love your input, especially on how we might make this idea succeed now when somewhat similar efforts have faltered in the past.

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Fedora 21 Might Include GNOME 3.14

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Red Hat

The developers of Fedora 21 are now discussing the features and the packages that are going to be included in the next version, and it seems that they will try to get the latest GNOME release possible.

Red Hat developers are trying to determine which packages will be implemented in the next Fedora edition and some pretty important decisions have been made already. For example, Fedora 21 will include Java 8, which will be the default Java runtime, and Ruby on Rails 4.1 will be included by default as well.

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Torvalds Is Unconvined By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

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Linux

LTO'ing the Linux kernel has the potential of reducing the size of the Linux kernel image along with generating a faster and more efficient binary. Link-time optimizations within GCC allow the whole program to be optimized at link-time stage across the entire binary. Previous results showed that an LTO'ed kernel could be over 10% smaller in size and a few percent faster by optimizing the kernel in this manner, but it currently results in much greater system memory usage and a much longer compilation process.

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