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How to Ready Yourself for Linux: Nine Tips

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These days, I rarely give unsolicited technical advice. However, if people ask me how to explore and install Linux, I urge them to be systematic. To the average computer user, installing a Linux operating system is an unfamiliar procedure -- to say nothing of an exercise in unprecedented diversity.

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Here's the one 'major problem' facing Munich after switching from Windows to Linux

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GNU
Linux

In spite of complaints from a couple of councillors about the Limux OS, the city council said the bulk of users have not taken issue with the move.

"Most people don't really realize that they have Linux and they do not really care," said Jan-Marek Glogowski, a developer in the IT team at the City of Munich told the DebConf Debian developers meeting earlier this month.

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Also: The Munich Revolution

How to find out if your PC is compatible with Linux

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GNU
Linux

Linux’s hardware support is better than ever, but you still can’t take it for granted. Not every laptop and desktop you see at your local computer store (or, more realistically, on Amazon) will work perfectly with Linux. Whether you’re buying a PC for Linux or just want to ensure you can dual-boot at some point in the future, thinking about this ahead of time will pay off.

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Superb Ubuntu-Powered Sable from System76 Has a $50 Discount

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

Sable is a superb all-in-one PC from System76, and you can now purchase one at a $50 discount. It ships with the latest Ubuntu OS, and you can customize it to better fit your needs.

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No, Munich is not considering ditching Linux and going back to Windows

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This “story” surfaces every several months and, for some reason I always fail to fathom, everybody starts parroting it. It goes thus: Munich is sick and tired of how inadequate Linux is for everyday use and is ready to ditch years of work and millions of euros to return to Windows.

As usual, the facts say something different: all that has happened this time around is that two (count ’em: 2) councillors have sent a letter to the mayor requesting that some new devices that have had LiMux (Munich’s tailored Linux flavour) installed on them, be equipped with Windows because the Linux distro comes with “no programs (text editing programs, Skype, Office, etc.)” that the councilors can use.

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Libinput 1.0 Officially Released

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

At long last, libinput 1.0 has been released. Libinput is the input handling library commonly used by Wayland compositors and is optionally used in the X.Org world via the xf86-input-libinput driver and is starting to be used by the Ubuntu Mir display server.

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Linux Leftovers

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  • Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open Source Software

    "The badging system seems too rooted in video games and social media," said Raytheon | Websense engineer Tom O'Connor. "Building secure software is not really a game, and I worry that a badge system reduces security to checklists. That said, I can certainly see value in having some sort of rudimentary assessments of open source projects to see that they meet some minimal standards."

  • Linux Foundation starts security vetting program for FOSS

    The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a collaborative project run by the Linux Foundation, is aiming to develop a free security best practices program for open source software.

  • Happy Birthday, Linux. You've Taught Us Much.
  • Happy 24th birthday Linux!

    It isn't an overstatement to say that the modern world runs on Linux. If you look around you, almost everything is running on Linux -- from your home router to stock exchanges. Thanks to Linux, open source has become a phenomenon that is fast becoming a norm in the enterprise and consumer segments. Fierce competitors like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Twitter, Red Hat, SUSE are all working together to make open source software even better.

Puppy Linux's Sister Quirky 7.1 Distro Arrives with Tools for Android App Developers

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Barry Kauler, the creator of the Puppy Linux project, announced the release and immediate availability for download of the first point release of Quirky Linux, a sister project of the Puppy Linux operating system.

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Linux Kernel 4.2 RC8 Arrives in Ubuntu 15.10, Breaks the AMD Catalyst Driver

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Ubuntu

Canonical's Joseph Salisbury has informed us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Kernel Team for the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system, during the meeting that took place earlier today, August 25, 2015.

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Media player adds high-end analog audio and XLR out

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Android
Linux

Cloud Media has launched a dual-boot Linux and Android “Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro” media player with 3840 x 2160 video, high-quality analog audio, and XLR out.

Formerly known as Syabas, Cloud Media has been selling Linux-based Popcorn Hour and Popbox media players for years. Last year, Cloud Media found Kickstarter success with its Linux-based Stack Box home automation box. This week it achieved its $50K Kickstarter funding goal for the new top-of-the-line Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro media player and music system, which adds high fidelity stereo analog audio to its usual media player and home theater functions.

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Jiri Kosina sent in his pull requests for code he maintains within the mainline Linux kernel, with one of the notable subsystems being the HID updates. Most notable to the HID feature updates for Linux 4.3 are yet more Wacom driver improvements, which are a mention for almost every kernel cycle. Wacom highlights for Linux 4.3 include support for the Express Key Remote and various bug-fixes and feature work. Read more

5 Reasons Not To "Not Use Linux"

2000+ people have already watched Tim's video and that is potentially 2000 people that might not use Linux based on invalid arguments. Hopefully a few more people will read this article and therefore redress the balance somewhat. Before I go I wanted to mention that Tim has produced his own counter argument called "5 Reasons To Use Linux". The points in that video state that Linux is multikernel, is open source, has support for many different hardware devices such as the Raspberry PI, has lots of distros (which kind of counters against point 5 in the reasons not to use Linux) and finally it is free. Read more

x86 Systems Will See Some Boot Time Optimizations With Linux 4.3

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