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Introducing Ignition: The new CoreOS machine provisioning utility

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We are excited to officially introduce Ignition, the next-generation machine provisioning utility from CoreOS. Those who follow along closely may have noticed that Ignition has been a part of CoreOS for the better part of a year. The project has had time to be tested and to mature, and the features and user interface are in a place where we are happy to encourage daily, heavy duty use. It’s also a good time to welcome the community to test and help improve Ignition. Before diving into the details, let’s understand why we built Ignition in the first place.

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Remix OS could make Nexus tablets live up to their potential

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Remix OS has quickly gained a well-deserved cult following, thanks to its clever way of taking the Android OS and making it work a little bit more like a desktop OS. It offers proper windows, a browse-able file system, keyboard shortcuts, and full access to official Google Play apps. It is in many ways everything that Google ought to be doing wth Android. And now, as 9to5Google reports, it's available for Google's own tablets, the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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What Android needed was productivity features, and that’s been the goal of the Remix system. Jide incorporated in 2014 and made an interesting bet. All three founders are Chinese American, but they chose to found the company in the innovation hotbed of China, close to the engineers and supply chains they needed.

“China is where the talent pool is,” says Ko.

There was a specific reason, too. Jide wanted to extend Android from ARM to x86, and developed a close relationship with Android-x86 project founder Chih-Wei Huang, an open-source veteran based in Taiwan.

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Qubes' Xen-Like Security Requires a Leap of Faith

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This latest version features a new management system that centrally controls the Qubes OS configuration based on Salt management software.

The in-house installation wizard offers various options to precreate some useful configurations. The release also supports booting on machines with UEFI and introduces additional hardware support for a range of video cards.

Qubes OS is not for the faint-hearted. Even Linux users familiar with other security-enhanced distros will feel the challenge in installing and setting up this unique Linux desktop.

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Meet Jide's Remix OS: Android on the desktop done right

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AT A TIME when we're spending so much of our energy moaning about a certain operating system, it's nice to be able to say something positive rather than just tell you what not to buy.

Enter Remix OS, the answer to a problem that even Google has repeatedly failed to solve: how to bring the overwhelming popularity of Android to the desktop.

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NixOS 16.03 "Emu" Operating System Released with systemd 229 and Linux 4.4 LTS

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NixOS developer Domen Kožar announced the release of the NixOS 16.03 operating system, which is considered an update to the previous version, NixOS 15.09.

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NixOS 16.03 Released

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NixOS 16.03 is codenamed "Emu" and it's out today as the latest stable release of this interesting Linux distribution.

NixOS 16.03 isn't the most exciting of releases but has Nix 1.12.2, systemd 229, the Linux 4.4 kernel, GCC 5.3, Glibc 2.23, Binutils 2.26, and other package updates. There's also been work on improving bitwise reproducible builds.

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Apricity OS Is Clean and Classy

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Apricity OS targets newbies and professionals alike. It has a well-thought-out design. Its execution makes both the GNOME and the Cinnamon editions very functional.

The overall performance of the distro is impressive. I am looking forward to the release of the nonbeta version.

Apricity OS is a Linux distro that will make you rethink why you use your existing operating system. It is a distro worth checking out.

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Thoughts on Sailfish OS

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For the better part of the last month I have been using Sailfish OS as the daily operating system on my mobile device. For those who are unfamiliar, Sailfish is a Linux powered mobile operating system that largely builds on Qt technology.

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Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 Lands with a Multitude of Refinements, It's Now Stateless

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Just a few moments ago, March 27, 2016, Josh Strobl from the Solus Project had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of Budgie Desktop 10.2.5.

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