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SliTaz 5.0 RC2 Is a Minimalistic OS Built from Scratch

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SliTaz, an open source and minimalistic Linux distribution built from scratch, has announced that a new Release Candidate in the new 5.0 branch is now ready for testing and download.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.19 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- New JSProxy DLL for automatic proxy configuration.
- More OLE Accessible Object support.
- Improvements to the XML writer.
- Fixes for various memory issues found by Valgrind.
- Initial headers for Direct2D support.
- Various bug fixes.

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Joli OS is being discontinued

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Joli OS is being discontinued.That the latest news about Joli OS, a desktop distribution that has since been replaced with a browser-based platform called Jolicloud. Both Joli OS and Jolicloud are published by a French company that goes by the name Jolicloud.

Jolicloud 2 is the latest edition of Jolicloud, but it is still in beta status.

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CoreOS Advances Linux Container Vision

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The Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup delivers a beta release of a virtualization container optimized operating system platform.

The open-source CoreOS operating system project issued its first beta release today, providing users with a Linux operating system that is built specifically for Docker container delivery.

Docker is an open-source container technology for application virtualization and currently runs on multiple Linux distributions, including Red Hat and Ubuntu. What CoreOS is aiming to provide is a purpose-built Linux operating system, optimized for Docker containers. CoreOS is backed by venture capitalist firms Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital. Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, told eWEEK that so far he has raised a seed round of financing in an amount that has not yet been publicly disclosed. CoreOS has been in alpha since August 2013.

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In the cloud, Linux will win the OS war

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A recent article in Fortune magazine entitled “The Dawn of the Chrome Age” highlights the success of the Linux-based OS in the low-cost laptop market. According to the article, “Over the holidays in 2013, two Chromebook models were the No. 1 and No.3 bestselling laptops on Amazon.com, and they’re being adopted in schools and business around the world.” Simply put, Chrome OS represents Web apps on top of Linux, and given that the Web has become the leading application development platform – this is significant.

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Pear OS 8 Still Going Strong Despite Being Officially Dead

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Pear OS has had a very troubled history and the developer had to change the name of the OS a couple of times, not to mention the logo. For some reason, the guys at Apple and their community didn't think that someone redoing the entire Mac OS X system based on Linux was actually a compliment.

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NixOS 14.04 Is a Unique Operating System That Uses KDE 4.2

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GNU
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NixOS is not your average cup of tea, as it employs a rather different approach to the building of an operating system. It uses its own package manager, called Nix, which ensures that users can make an upgrade to one package that cannot break others, that they can always roll back to previous version, and so on.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-4 Is a Linux Distro for Complete Backup

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The Clonezilla developers released a new development version for their Linux distro and they've decided to also cool down with the version numbering. The last version before the current one was labeled 2.2.3-39, but that evolved to 2.2.3-4, which is much more user friendly.

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 28, 2014," reads the official changelog.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Beta Is a Minimalistic OS with an Interesting e19 Desktop

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The Bodhi Linux systems are known for their minimalistic approach, and the current release is no different. The distribution was based from the get-go on Ubuntu 14.04, but the development of Bodhi started when Ubuntu 14.04 was still a Beta release. Now that the final version of Ubuntu has been released, Bodhi is ready to switch to Beta.

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Brian Warner: Tizen Has Good Bones

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Tizen already is fully developed as an operating system and deployed in numerous product lines. They typically have the word "smart" in their name -- you know, things like smartTV, smartphone, smartwatch, smartcamera and yes, smart refrigerator. It can be found in in-vehicle infotainment systems as well.

"Tizen has been used in products for a long time before it was even formally announced," Brian Warner, director of client services and operations at the Linux Foundation and manager of the Tizen Project, told LinuxInsider.

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64-bit MenuetOS M64 0.99.57 Released

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On the MenuetOS download page, the 0.99.57 release notes just list, "Updates and improvements (httpc, ehci, picview, memcheck, menu, wallpaper, ohci, uhci, maps/streetview, icons, dhcp, freeform window, smp threads, smp init)."

Those wishing to learn more about this Assembly-based OS can visit MenuetOS.net or to download the operating system that's free for personal and educational use.

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Sailfish On The Nexus 4 Now Works For Audio Phone Calls

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The second update to Sailfish for the Nexus 4 was released in mid-April at version 1.0.5.16. This newest update fixes phone calls so audio now actually work, timers and alarms now work, HTMI5 video and audio work within the browser, and the update is based upon the latest Sailfish code. There is though still some known issues with securely powering off the device, phone call audio volume not changing with the volume buttons, and other bugs.

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Nitrux OS Icons Features Superb Handcrafted Themes for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Arch Linux

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The icons in Nitrux OS are infinitely scalable, which is one of the most interesting features of this icon pack. This is also one of the biggest collections for the Linux platform, which means that it will be hard to find an application that is not supported.

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The US Air Force Wants to Keep You Secure with Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1 Distro

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Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1, a thin Linux operating system that creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac), has been released and is now available for download.

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PCLinuxOS 2014.04 Officially Released, Is Based on KDE 4.12.3 and Linux Kernel 3.12.16

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PCLinuxOS comes with numerous flavors, but the default one is actually KDE. Just like Fedora, which uses GNOME, and Linux Mint, which uses Cinnamon, the PCLinuxOS Linux distribution is based on KDE.

Unlike other distributions that also integrate KDE as the default desktop environment, PCLinuxOS provides a customized experience. Most developers and maintainers out there don't bother too much with KDE and they usually choose to offer a KDE desktop that resembles the stock one. On the other hand, the PCLinuxOS developers customize the desktop to quite an extent, and it looks unique and is easily identifiable.

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Efl and Elementary 1.9.3 and Enlightenment 0.18.7 release

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We are happy to release another stable update for the 1.9.x series and Enlightenement 0.18.7.

EFL fixes:

build: Disallow non-working sdl + opengl ES combination (T856)
evas/proxy - redraw proxy source properly.
edje_cc: Fix the crash when compiled wrong edc file containing empty part
evas - fix incorrect object reset.
ecore-evas - fix object cursor to not delete the same cursor when set
Evas cserve2: Fix crash in elm_test GLView
ecore-con - deal with internal buffer growing over 2g in size
fix swap buffers with damage to not detect if ext str is not there

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Samba 4.0.17 Launches with Multiple Fixes

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Samba 4.0.17, an app that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon, has been released with a large number of fixes and other various improvements.

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Cinnamon 2.2 Released With System Settings Improvements, HiDPI support And More

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Cinnamon 2.2 was released today, bringing various improvements to the System Settings, HiDPI/Retina Display support, client side decorations support along with other interesting refinements.

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Ozon OS Will Be One of the Most Beautiful Linux Distros

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You might feel that the names of Nitrux and Numix sound a little familiar. The developers involved with these are responsible for numerous icon packs and themes for the Linux systems, and Nitrux also has its own Linux distribution called Nitrux OS.

The collaboration between two teams has been going for quite a while, and the upcoming operating system that has been promised by Nitrux and Numix finally got a face. Until now there were only glimpses and teases, but the Linux community can now get a good look at Ozon OS.

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CAELinux Is the Ideal Distro for Designing Scientists

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This computer-assisted engineering (CAE) distro clearly is not for the vast majority of Linux users, but it certainly has all the features you would expect in any mature Linux OS -- and then some.

The extra ingredients make CAELinux a unique Linux distro for engineers and engineering students, as well as scientists. It offers an unusual mix of Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with a customized Xfce desktop environment. An enhanced run mode gives good performance directly from the DVD or from a USB drive without any hard drive installation.

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