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Ubuntu Software Center: proprietary and free software mixed in a confusing UI

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I have been watching the evolution of the Ubuntu Software Center for quite a while now. I had doubts about its interface and its speed, but I liked the fact that it offered an easy, down-to-earth interface that allowed users to install software easily.

However, I have to say that the way the Ubuntu Software Center has evolved is worrying me -- a lot.

I am not against the idea of selling software. What I am against, is confusing proprietary software with non-proprietary software, The Ubuntu Software Center seems to be doing just that.

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Porteus Kiosk Edition 3.4.0 Is a Portable OS Based on Gentoo

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Portable Linux operating system based on the Linux Live Scripts, Porteus Kiosk Edition, has been upgraded to version 3.4.0 and is now available for download.

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wattOS R9 Released!

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The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the newest version of wattOS – Release 9 – (also known as R9). We have made the switch back to Ubuntu as the upstream distro and built the latest version from 14.04 LTS for long term support and stability.

We have simplified things this time around with wattOS and are only releasing two types of desktops. Previously having the extra desktop versions created additional work. This time we are more focused and have released only two desktop versions.

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Tanglu 3 Beta Is Based on Debian 8 Jessie, Features Linux Kernel 4.0, GNOME 3.16, and KDE Plasma 5.3

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Linux

Matthias Klumpp from the Tanglu development team had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta release of the upcoming Tanglu 3 Linux operating system.

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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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GNU
Linux

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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Linux

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.

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Logstash 6.2.0 Released, Alfresco Grabbed by Private Equity Firm

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