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Travelling with Linux - A Survival Kit

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unsolicitedbutoffered.blogspot: A Linux user, on the other hand, should have plenty of power on hand to keep a trip safe, productive, and ready for any emergencies.

VectorLinux 7.0 - Sparta belongs to Spartans

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dedoimedo.com: Vector Linux is not the first, nor the third name to come up when discussing the distribution of choice with your friends over a Friday afternoon tea. The main reason is the somewhat geeky background it has, the pure and ascetic pedigree of Slackware. But Vector tries. And so I try.

Eight features Windows 8 'borrowed' from Linux

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Microsoft

itworld.com: "Good artists borrow, great artists steal!" -- Pablo Picasso said it. So did T.S. Eliot. And, more recently, Steve Jobs. Let's face it: If something makes sense and succeeds, it gets imitated.

Sabayon Linux 8 Debuts with a Dash of Cinnamon

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pcworld.com: Now, Mint's upstart desktop contender has gained another vote of support in the form of Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux 8, which was just released on Wednesday with a Cinnamon option.

The Secret to Red Hat's Billion-Dollar Success: Everyone's The Boss

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businessinsider.com: When Red Hat's new top strategy woman, Jackie Yeaney, joined the company six months ago, she hit culture shock.

New Fedora Project Leader announced

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h-online.com: Jared Smith is stepping down from the position of Fedora Project Leader (FPL) for reasons currently unknown. Smith has been the FPL since June 2010, when he replaced Paul W. Frields.

Also: Fedora 17 Is Still Trying For Btrfs By Default

Pardus Future Uncertain, Fork Probable

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ostatic.com: Pardus, a TUBITAK sponsored Turkish distribution, has long been respected in Linux circles for its stability, simplicity, and polish. But news coming from a former developer has lead a group of community developers and volunteers to speak of a fork.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 442

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

* Reviews: I dream of Linux - Dreamlinux 5
* News: Red Hat introduces 10-year support, Texstar takes leave of absence, Mint banks on Cinnamon
* Questions and answers: Revisiting Ubuntu market share numbers
* Released last week: Linux Mint 12 "KDE", PCLinuxOS 2012.2, DEFT Linux 7
* Upcoming releases: Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02, Frugalware Linux 1.6, openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 1

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

Debian Project News - February 6th

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Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Is Desktop Linux Becoming Fractured as Open Source Matures?

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Software

thevarguy.com: Until quite recently, the Linux world had, for the most part, only two major desktop environments: GNOME 2 and KDE. Fast forward to the present, however, and there’s an immense litany of different choices, all vying to become the new face of your open source operating system. To me, this shift signals a new paradigm in the world of free software.

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Open source SDR SBC runs Snappy Ubuntu on Cyclone V

The open source, $299 “LimeSDR” board runs Snappy Ubuntu Core on a Cyclone V, and supports user-defined radios ranging from ZigBee to LTE. UK-based Lime Microsystems, which develops field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers for wireless broadband systems, has launched an open source software defined radio (SDR) board on CrowdSupply. Like other Linux-based SDR systems we’ve seen, the LimeSDR uses an FPGA to help orchestrate wireless communications that can be tuned, manipulated, and reconfigured to different wireless standards via software. Read more

Critical Infrastructure Goes Open Source

The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it's unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well as the healthcare infrastructure. Under a program launched in April called the Civil Infrastructure Platform, the Linux Foundation said the initiative would provide "an open source base layer of industrial grade software to enable the use and implementation of software building blocks for civil infrastructure." Read more

Where have all the MacBooks gone at Linux conferences?

In past years, the vast ocean of Apple logos really undercut any statement of “Linux is great.” People would, inevitably, retort with, “Then why are all the 'Linux People' using Macs?” Admittedly, that was a great point and has been a source of shame for many of us for a very long time. But now things are different. The Apple logos are (mostly) gone from Linux conferences. This may be an unscientific observation from one person attending a few conferences in North America. Regardless, it's a great feeling. Read more

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu 16.04 to-do list
    UBUNTU 16.04 or Xenial Xerus, the latest upgrade of the popular Linux distribution, became available as a free download last month, and early reviews have been favorable. Instead of upgrading my existing Ubuntu 15.10 system, this time I opted for a fresh install. I also decided to give the improved Unity 7 desktop a go, instead of installing my preferred alternative XFCE. The installation process was trouble-free, but because I started from scratch, I had quite a bit to add and tweak after the OS itself was installed.
  • Ubuntu Founder Pledges No Back Doors in Linux
    VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, discusses what might be coming in Ubuntu 16.10 later this year and why security is something he will never compromise. Ubuntu developers are gathering this week for the Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS), which runs from May 3-5, to discuss development plans for the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 Linux distribution release, code-named "Yakkety Yak."
  • Ubuntu & Other Ubuntu Spins Look At Making Room To Grow
    With Ubuntu's install images continuing to be oversized with pushing 1.4GB on recent releases, Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek has raised the new limit for Ubuntu desktop images to 2GB. Other Ubuntu flavors are also following in this move. Langasek has raised the size limit for images now to 2GB for being able to accomodate the current oversized images plus still having room to grow.
  • Ubuntu’s Snap packages aren’t yet as secure as Canonical’s marketing claims
    Canonical has been talking up Snaps, a new type of package format featured in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. “Users can install a snap without having to worry whether it will have an impact on their other apps or their system,” reads Canonical’s announcement. But this isn’t true, as prominent free software developer Matthew Garrett recently pointed out.