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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 439

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Kororaa Linux 16
  • News: FreeBSD 9.0 update, testing Unity 5.0, new features in Fedora 17, interviews with Debian's Steve McIntyre and openSUSE's Frédéric Crozat, Linux Mint overview
  • Questions and answers: SOPA and open-source software
  • Released last week: FreeBSD 9.0, PC-BSD 9.0, Fuduntu 2012.1
  • New additions: Leeenux
  • New distributions: Bachata Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

The Surprisingly Juicy Desktop Linux Market Share Report

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): There's no doubt the Linux world has seen its share of good news over the past year or so, but every once in a while a tidbit comes along that calls for a little extra fanfare. Case in point:

Linux won't be locked out of Windows 8 PCs, but FUD continues

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Microsoft

zdnet.com: A tiny but vocal minority of Linux fanatics are pounding the table today over a new security feature called Secure Boot that will be introduced in Windows 8, shrilly accusing Microsoft once again of a conspiracy to “lock out” Linux. They are pounding the table because the facts are not on their side.

Three Spins You May Not Have Heard Of

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all-things-linux.blogspot: Always on the lookout for something interesting I found three more esoteric spins of major distributions and set out to give them a quick test run.

Following the unique way of Trisquel

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darkduck.com: There are different general directions in Linux distribution development, taking into consideration the dilemma of free vs non-free software.

Btrfs Picks Up Snappy Compression Support

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phoronix.com: New patches have been published for the Btrfs file-system that implement support for Google's Snappy compression algorithm, which promises to deliver better performance beyond LZO compression.

Linux in 2012: what to expect

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techradar.com: For the entire Linux ecosystem in general, and the desktop in particular, last year must have been one of the boldest. Not surprisingly, then, it has stacked up quite a few firsts to its name.

Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use?

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makeuseof.com: Not too long ago I wrote a similar article about the top three distributions of the Debian side in the Linux family, but as a true Linux geek I would never want to forget the entire other side of the Linux family, probably best known as the “RPM family”.

Fedora Running Beefy Contest

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ostatic.com: Máirín Duffy, head art team designer for Fedora, posted a strange message Friday afternoon. She's seen a vision of the future and it was of Fedora mascot Beefy Miracle holding some sort of futuristic ray gun at a poor radioactive panda. What could this mean for the popular Linux distribution?

Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices

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softwarefreedom.org: At the beginning of December, we warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems.

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