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Five Best Linux Desktop Environments

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Whether you're customizing your Linux install or choosing a distro to go with, one of your many options is the desktop environment you use. There are tons to choose from, all with different benefits and features. There may be no one single best, but this week we're looking at five of them, based on your nominations.

Earlier in the week we asked you to tell us which Linux desktop environment was your favorite—mind you, we're talking about DEs, not distributions—and you replied with tons of great options, from the useful to the hilarious. Let's take a look at the five nominees that rose to the top, thanks to your votes, in no particular order:

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IBM Tweaks Power-Linux Discount Deal In Europe

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GNU
Linux
Server

IBM has made it pretty clear that it wants more Power Systems customers to adopt Linux for certain parts of their workloads in addition to selling more Power8 systems to customers with Linux workloads that might otherwise buy X86 systems. IBM's European unit is actually doing something about it to try to push Linux.

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Also: Sharing Power Systems: An IBM i And Linux Story

Parsix OS Is an Interesting GNOME and Debian 7.0 "Whezzy" Blend

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GNU
Linux

The Parsix operating system uses only the GNOME and Debian packages from the stable branches. The developers aim to provide a complete and bug free Linux distribution, at least as much as humanly possible. The fact that the OS is based on Debian "Wheezy" helps a lot, especially because it's now a Long Term release and it comes with all the latest security updates.

The developers seem to be follow a specific schedule and this latest version comes just a month after the previous Test. It's not clear just how many of these Testing releases will have, but it does look like the system is getting more stable.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of 4MLinux

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Reviews

4MLinux is one of the more unique Linux distributions available. The developers have obviously tried to get in as much as possible without taking up too much memory and disk space.

The 4 Ms stand for Maintenance, MiniServer, Multimedia and Mystery.

For maintenance purposes it would be adequate for rescue purposes but the hit and miss nature of trying establish a WIFI connection was worrying and I'm not sure whether the tools included are better than the tools included for other rescue disks.

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TIL Ubuntu Sees iPhones, iPads as USB Mass Storage Devices, Windows & Mac OS Don't

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Linux
Mac

Apple products are known to behave very unfriendly when they are simply connected to a PC or Mac OS X and they usually require iTunes or some surrogate to transfer files. Fortunately, on Ubuntu things are a little bit different and they are mounted as drives.

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HP's Helion Continuity Services adds Linux cluster support and more

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GNU
Linux
Server

The service now supports Linux physical clusters, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), as well as storage area network (SAN)-based data stores

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Feed Readers for Linux

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Linux

The RSSNow widget for KDE Plasma provides a simple, list-like feeds from sources which you can drag and drop. It comes with configuration options to change the news update interval and animations.

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Tizen IVI SDK – 3.0 Alpha 4 is Available to Download

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Development
Linux

The Tizen In-Vehicle Infotainment Software Developers Kit (IVI SDK) is a now available for you to download and runs on Windows*, Ubuntu*, and Mac OS X*. It includes Emulator (based on QEMU), Web Simulator, IDE, documents and samples, and supports a real IVI device as a target.

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Linux Kernel 3.17.1 Is Out and Is the Most Advanced Release Available

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Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced that the latest version of the Linux kernel, 3.17.1, is now out and available for download. It's now the most advanced stable branch available and it will remain so for at least a couple more months.

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HP to shutter webOS cloud services

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Linux
Server

The company says it's given the few owners of webOS devices three years of service since canning the software, but that “The user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running.”

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