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PCLinuxOS 2013 KDE Desktop Review

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This quarterly release from PCLinuxOS delivers the latest from KDE, LXDE, and MATE. Or you can try the famous PCLinuxOS Full Monty ISO which includes most/or all of the desktops listed above. I am slightly behind on my KDE updates so I will be reviewing PCLinuxOS 2013.12 KDE. For those that are wondering, this distribution is available in 32 or 64 bit architecture.

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Kobo Aura HD eReader is Linux-friendly

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So you can quite easily add your own existing ebooks to the Aura HD; however you can also, if you wish, take advantage of Kobo's online ebook store. If you purchase ebooks from the store or even just wish to sample a preview, it will be added to your Kobo account and automatically synced to your device, which is nice. But if you wish to only buy and use DRM-free ebooks, you can do so and avoid the Kobo store altogether.

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GnuCash 2.6 Tries To Improve Open-Source Accounting

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GnuCash continues to serve as one of the few open-source accounting programs and with the 2.6 release there's new low-level features. With the GnuCash 2.6 release being announced on Sunday, they have now migrated from GConf to GSettings for their reference storage. GnuCash 2.6.0 also has new date handling, Guile 2 compatibility, improvements for custom reports and documents stored outside of GnuCash, and improvements to the Business Module.

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X.Org Server 1.16 Planned For A July Debut

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After shipping X.Org Server 1.15 today with its new features, Intel's Keith Packard has laid out plans in conjunction with Oracle's Alan Coopersmith for X.Org Server 1.16, the next major release due out in 2014.

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First Samsung Tizen phone hits the FCC?

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Samsung’s first Tizen phone reportedly will debut at Mobile World Congress Feb. 23, and will reach consumers in Europe and Japan in the second half of 2014.

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ASUS Zenbook Prime Linux Benchmarks

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The Zenbook Prime (UX32VD-DS72) features an Intel Core i7 3517U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, dual 128GB SSDs capable of RAID 0, Intel HD Graphics 4000 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 1GB graphics, and a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display. After last week's Optimus testing article that compared the OpenGL performance to Windows, these benchmarks are just comparing the overall laptop/ultrabook performance to six other portable systems with Intel CPUs and spanning several generations of hardware.

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GNOME Software 3.11.3 Adds More Featured Apps

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The GNOME Project has announced a few days ago that a new development release towards the stable GNOME Software 3.12 application for the GNOME desktop environment is available for download and testing, introducing two new features and lots of bugfixes.

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Introducing Ubuntu Unity for Arch Linux

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Back in June, we were ready to announce the immediate availability for download of a new Linux distribution, called Unity-for-Arch, which used Ubuntu's Unity user interface on a basic Arch Linux Live CD.

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Linux Mint 16 Xfce Desktop Review

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We have all the highlights of Linux Mint 16 Xfce, so you can see if this is the right distribution for you. Users will not find a long list of new features, but thankfully the desktop is more stable than ever. The Mint 16 Cinnamon desktop release will likely get all of the publicity, so I decided it was time to revisit Xfce.

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GNU Octave 3.8 Has A GUI, Uses OpenGL

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GNU Octave, the open-source high-level language for dealing with numerical computations and largely compatible with MATLAB, has a graphical user-interface with its new 3.8 release

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Raspberry Pi: A closer look at Raspbian PIXEL

Over the past three posts, I have looked at a number of different Linux distributions for various models of the Raspberry Pi - including SUSE/openSUSE, Fedora, Manjaro and Ubuntu MATE, and PiCore Linux. What I haven't done yet is look at the latest version of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's own Linux distribution, Raspbian with their PIXEL desktop. So I will look at that first, and then I will wrap this series up. I know that I just recently wrote about Raspbian PIXEL, but that was a sort of "what's new" overview, and in this post I want to go much deeper, and in a lot more detail, to provide some comparison to the other Linux distributions that I have been testing. So please bear with me... Read more

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux: Why do people hate systemd?
    systemd has caused an almost unending amount of controversy in the Linux community. Some Linux users have been unyielding in their opposition to systemd, while others have been much more accepting. The topic of systemd came up in a recent thread in the Linux subreddit and the folks there did not pull any punches when sharing their thoughts about it.
  • PulseAudio 10.0 Linux Sound System Released, Offers OpenSSL 1.1.0 Compatibility
    Today, January 19, 2017, sees the official release of the PulseAudio 10.0 open-source sound server for Linux-based operating systems, a major version that introduces many exciting new features. PulseAudio 10.0 has been in development for the past seven months, since the June 22, 2016, release of PulseAudio 9.0, which is currently used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions.
  • Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference
    The Mirai botnet? Just the “tip of the iceberg” is how security bods at this week's linux.conf.au see the Internet of Things. Presenting to the Security and Privacy miniconf at linux.conf.au, embedded systems developer and consultant Christopher Biggs pointed out that Mirai's focus on building a big DDoS cannon drew attention away from the other risks posed by insecure cameras and digital video recorders.
  • The Linux Foundation Brings 3 New Open Source Events to China
    LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen will be held in China this year for the first time, The Linux Foundation announced this week. After the success of other Linux Foundation events in the country, including MesosCon Asia and Cloud Foundry Summit Asia, The Linux Foundation decided to offer its flagship LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen events in China as well, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “Chinese developers and businesses have strongly embraced open source and are contributing significant amounts of code to a wide variety of projects,” Zemlin said. “We have heard the call to bring more open source events to China.”

Dell Has Sold ‘Tens of Millions’ Dollars’ Worth of Linux Laptops

So popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George. What did he learn? Well, for one, Dell says it has ‘no plans’ to start shipping its Linux-powered developer laptops with anything other than Ubuntu. Read more