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Systemd dominates and Debian, Ubuntu, Git updates – Linux Snippets

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Systemd – the d is for dominates: The Debian Technical Committee decided that, after quite a bumpy process, that it would follow Fedora, Arch Linux, Mageia and openSUSE in planning to switch to systemd in the next release. The Debian change rippled down to Ubuntu where, probably sooner than anyone anticipated, Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu would switch too.

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What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'?

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Based on the figures in LinuxQuestions' Members Choice Awards, 84% of Linux desktop users prefer a classic desktop. By contrast, innovations like GNOME 3 or Ubuntu's Unity lag far behind. Which raises the question: what accounts for the popularity of the classic desktop, and what are the implications for the design of graphical interfaces?

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Tizen-based Samsung smartwatch rumored

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The next version of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will run the Linux-based Tizen operating system instead of Android, suggests a USA Today report.

According to the USA Today story, the next generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will depend on Tizen’s HTML5 stack for its application development.

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Who helps your Linux distribution run smoothly? Thank a packager today

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The people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make your Linux distribution run smoothly are the packagers. The vast majority of Linux packagers are volunteers who dedicate their evenings and weekends to create and maintain the gears of the Linux distributions they love.

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Linux job market heats up

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Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals, and The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Linux and collaborative development, has just released the 2014 Linux Jobs Report (PDF Link). The two found that "The explosive demand for Linux talent is intensifying."

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The quest for the perfect Twitter client on Linux

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Software

After a few years of announcements, releases and online reviews, I am still out there looking for the right, if not the perfect, Twitter client on Linux. And believe me, this quest is frutstrating.

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A Nicely-Built 40-Core Raspberry Pi Cluster

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Raspberry Pi super-computing clusters have been attempted before, but usually they don't turn out as nice as this new one that's comprised of 40 Raspberry Pi boards inside of an acrylic chassis.

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Classic Desktops, KDE Changes, and Photoshop

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Linux

Today's stroll around the newsfeeds netted an article by Bruce Byfield asking just what makes a classic Linux desktop classic. Another interesting entry is Jack M. Germain coverage of an initiative to convince Adobe to port Photoshop and friends to Linux. And finally, Michael Larabel spotted an interest post signaling big changes for KDE ahead.

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Dear Adobe: Make Software for Linux Too

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More than a month into his campaign, Linux server admin Gao Nagy has persuaded just 124 people to join him in petitioning Adobe to make Linux versions of its most popular products. However, Nagy hopes that a little media attention will kick-start his petition efforts and result in an outpouring of support. "It's really hard to reach people," he noted.

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Evolve OS - an Upcoming Linux Distribution Featuring a New Desktop Environment

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SUSE

Evolve OS is a new upcoming Linux distribution based on openSUSE and sporting a new desktop environment based on the Gnome 3 stack. You may immediately be thinking, is this yet another 'Ubuntu Killer' promising a lot and ultimately delivering little? But Evolve OS has a different philosophy and some interesting ideas. Read on to find out more.

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