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Indus' Android-based OS races to become second most popular in India

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Most articles trumpeting Indus' epic feat of becoming the second most popular OS in India after Android either don't understand operating systems or deliberately obfuscate the fact that it is nothing but an optimized Android OS.

That said, this homegrown company, originally known as Firstouch, has achieved something remarkable by tweaking Android in such a manner as to grab a 5.6 percent market share in just under a year, outstripping Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi's MIUI OS (thrid at 4.1 percent), Cyanogen (fourth at 2.8 percent), Apple's iOS (fifth at 2.5 percent) and easily beating offerings from behemoths Microsoft and Samsung (Tizen), both seventh at 0.3 percent.

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ReactOS 0.4.1 Released

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The ReactOS team is proud to announce the release of version 0.4.1 a mere three months after the release of 0.4.0. The team has long desired an increased release tempo and the hope is that this will be the first of many of faster iterations.

Due to the brief period of time between the two releases, 0.4.1 is ultimately a refinement of what was in 0.4.0. That is not to say that there are no new features of course, and a few highlights of both categories are listed below.

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ChaletOS 16.04 Transforms Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Into a Windows 10 Lookalike

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ChaletOS developer Dejan Petrovic today published a quick tutorial to teach users of his ChaletOS 16.04 operating system how to transform their desktops into Windows 10 lookalikes.

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ChaletOS 16.04 Linux Arrives for Windows Refugees, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Today, May 16, 2016, Dejan Petrovic has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of his newest ChaletOS operating system.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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The advertiser is a company called Open Mobile Platform, founded just last month. The company is pitching the Linux-based system as something for large enterprises and privacy wonks who are seeking "trusted" mobile solutions.

It will initially be offered in Russian to meet local demands and regulatory requirements before being pitched overseas.

The operating system is reportedly built on top of the Sailfish OS, a production of Finnish company Jolla, which was formed by former Nokia engineers.

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Own a Raspberry Pi? You need to download this Raspbian Linux OS update -- here's what's new

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No matter how great hardware is, you need software to make it have any value. After all, what good is a computer without an operating system? Who would want a powerful graphics card without drivers? A good computing experience is the successful marriage between hardware and software.

A great example of this is the Raspberry Pi. At first, the specs and diminutive size pull you in, but then you must ask, what can you do with it? You will need to install an operating system to get started, and one of the most popular is Raspbian. Today, that lightweight Linux distro gets a big update. There are some significant updates here, so trust me when I say you need to get it!

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Exton|OS Is an Untroublesome and Fast Linux Distro Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Today, May 12, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the release and immediate availability of a new build of his Exton|OS Linux kernel-based computer operating system.

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Remix OS brings Android to the desktop on its first all-in-one PC

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Jide, the company behind desktop-orientated Android fork Remix OS, has put its software in an all-in-one PC for the first time. The firm partnered with Chinese manufacturer AOC to create a Remix OS-powered desktop device that's aimed at China's enterprise market. This isn't a powerful computer by any stretch of the imagination (nor is it the first all-in-one device to run Android, or a variant thereof), but it's still interesting to see what Jide is doing with its software.

Remix OS is still in beta, but it essentially turns Google's mobile OS into a desktop operating system. The software adds floating windows, keyboard and mouse support, a Start menu lookalike, and file manager. The software is available to download for free, and we were impressed with its capabilities when we tried it out at MWC earlier this year.

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Q4OS Linux Devs Bring the Trinity Desktop Experience to Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs

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Softpedia has been informed by the Q4OS project about the availability of the Q4OS GNU/Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B single-board computer.

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Solus to Offer Users a Brand-New and Modern Graphical Package Manager

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Today, May 9, 2016, Josh Strobl of the Solus Project informed the Solus community about the latest improvements and software updates that landed on the stable software repositories of the GNU/Linux operating system.

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Dell Has Sold ‘Tens of Millions’ Dollars’ Worth of Linux Laptops

So popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George. What did he learn? Well, for one, Dell says it has ‘no plans’ to start shipping its Linux-powered developer laptops with anything other than Ubuntu. Read more

Open-source voting is the answer to hacking concerns

Will we ever have a voting system that is completely error-proof and impenetrable from malicious forces? Not likely. But the security breaches that are increasingly a part of daily life serve as a call to action. Every day brings a new report of hacking or suspicious activity, and increasingly with fingers pointing to international actors. Whether it is statewide voter registration databases (Illinois and Arizona; some say more); national party organizations (the Democratic National Committee); utilities (Vermont’s Burlington Electric); or Russia’s state-run television station (RT) suddenly interrupting C-SPAN last week — the incident is still under investigation and not confirmed as a hack — it is all very unsettling and leaves us feeling vulnerable. Read more

The Many, the Humble, the Ubuntu Users

I have never been much of a leading-edge computing person. In fact, I first got mildly famous online writing a weekly column titled “This Old PC” for Time/Life about making do with used gear — often by installing Linux on it — and after that an essentially identical column for Andover.net titled “Cheap Computing,” which was also about saving money in a world where most online computing columns seemed to be about getting you to spend until you had no money left to spend on food. Read more