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Ubuntu Flavors 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released

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Ubuntu flavors 15.04 alpha 2 has been released for testing. Ubuntu Unity does not take part in the alpha releases. Flavors like Kylin, Ubuntu Gnome, Lubuntu and Kubuntu alpha 2 relases are available.




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Replace Windows 7 With Linux Mint Without Overwriting Other Partitions

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Linux
HowTos

This is a site dedicated to Linux and so I am of course going to recommend the Linux Mint option. The look and feel will be much like the Windows 7 interface you are currently using. You won't need to upgrade your hardware. You will never be out of support. It won't cost you a penny. You won't need to buy extra software such as Microsoft Office. You won't get any viruses.

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Netrunner 14.1 – Main Edition (Frontier)

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GNU
Linux

The “14.1” indicates an updated and polished release of Netrunner 14 LTS on the same underlying base. Since 14.1 is using the same base “trusty” like Netrunner 14, there is no need for users of 14 to migrate: Simply updating from the shared backports ppa of the Frontier release cycle should give the same result, while keeping customizations in place.

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GParted Live 0.21.0 Beta 1 Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16.7

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GParted Live, a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86-based computers that can be used for creating, re-organizing, and deleting disk partitions with the help of tools that allow managing file systems, has been upgraded to version 0.21.0 Beta 1.

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Intel Has A Few More Graphics Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

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Development
Linux

Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center sent in yet another Intel drm-next pull request to David Airlie for accepting into the 3.20 DRM-Next Git tree before he closes off the tree for accepting new feature code (Airlie's change for the past few kernels has been to stop accepting new code a few weeks before the N-1 release). With this latest Git pull request, the changes aren't too exciting:

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Oracle Goes After Cisco UCS, with the 'Whole Megillah'

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Linux
Server

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison wants a bigger piece of the server market and is taking direct aim at Cisco's UCS to grow share. Oracle's new X5 Engineered Systems portfolio is a bid by the company to provide lower-cost two-socket converged infrastructure systems running Linux at very competitive price points.

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Zenwalk Linux - A Walk on the Quirky Side

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Linux

Fancy is not a part of Zenwalk Linux. Functionality and workable lightweight infrastructure are. As the developer states in his postings, only usability matters. I like the philosophy behind Zenwalk. I am less impressed with its lackluster desktop environment. Also, I ran out of patience trying to find a solution to the password-not-working issue. The developer needs to provide a quick response.

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Linux-enabled sit/stand smart desk nudges you into action

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A Linux-based desk with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch touchscreen automatically adjusts between sitting and standing, and tells you when it’s time to move.

Talk about good timing: Stir announced its second-generation “Stir Kinetic Desk M1″ smart desk the same week the Annals of Internal Medicine published a report on the health dangers of sitting. The study, which distilled the results from 47 different research projects, found significantly higher chances of contracting various diseases from prolonged sitting. Exercising helps, but lifespans are still reduced considerably if you otherwise spend much of your day sitting on your butt, says the study.

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Linux Benchmarks Of NVIDIA's Early 2015 GeForce Line-Up

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Following yesterday's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 launch, here's an 11-way comparison looking at all of NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs as well as many Kepler and Fermi GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Beyond the raw OpenGL performance, the thermal and power efficiency data is also available for the tested range of GeForce 900/700/600/500/400 series graphics cards.

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Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook

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Google

Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn’t all the hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you’ll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!

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