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Linux Distros We’ll Never See

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A few days ago, I was cleaning my desk in the lab and happened upon a printout of a fake distro called Chuck Norris Linux — more commonly known as CHUX — which casually mentions that “…if Chuck Norris wrote Linux, you couldn’t boot it, it would boot you.”

It reminded me of the yes-it-really-happened Hannah Montana Linux, based on Kubuntu, which to my knowledge is still in existence, at least on Github. Following the logic that if these two can exist, even though one is fake and the other real, I started thinking about other distros based on other cultural icons which would never (thank God) see the light of day. Like…

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LG's WebOS: 3rd Time's the Charm?

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Gadgets

LG Electronics turned up at last week's CES with a smartwatch that apparently runs webOS.

LG used the watch to unlock an Audi at the show.

"LG has never officially confirmed that we were planning a webOS smartwatch," company spokesperson Ken Hong told TechNewsWorld.

"I think that is speculation based on the watch that Audi announced here at CES, which we developed but have not finalized the OS for," Hong continued.

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The Top 10 Linux Foundation Videos of 2014

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Movies

The Linux Foundation original video, "How Linux Was Built," reached a huge milestone in 2014, surpassing 1 million views on YouTube. The video, one of the ten most popular on the Linux Foundation YouTube channel last year, illustrates how thousands of software developers from all over the world contribute collectively to the Linux kernel codebase. It's the kind of video you can show to your parents and friends that will help them understand what makes Linux such an amazing software project. And its popularity also illustrates just how mainstream Linux and open source software have become.

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Bioinformatics Distro Bio-Linux 8.0.5 Now Available for Download

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Bio-Linux, a fully-featured, powerful, configurable, and easy to maintain bioinformatics workstation built on the Ubuntu operating system, has been upgraded to version 8.0.5 and is now available for download.

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Why Contributing to the Linux Kernel is Easier Than You Think

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I gave a talk at LinuxCon Europe in Dusseldorf last year with the main goal being to show people how easy it is to start with Linux kernel development. Despite my fear that the audience might be too advanced and find this topic rather boring I received good feedback with several opinions that these kind of guidelines and advice are more than welcome. Now, since the room capacity was about 30 people, which is not really much, I have the impression that there are more folks out there who would enjoy this topic. Therefore I decided to form the presentation into a series of articles.

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Why Mac users don’t switch to Linux

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Mac

Linux and Mac users share at least one common thing: they prefer not to use Windows. But after that the two groups part company and tend to go their separate ways. But why don’t more Mac users switch to Linux? Is there something that prevents Mac users from making the jump?

Datamation took a look at these questions and tried to answer them. Datamation’s conclusion was that it’s really about the applications and workflow, not the operating system:

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CyanogenMod makes a move on Google's Android One 'next billion'

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Linux

It's still unclear how popular Google's Android One smartphones are, but consumers who've bought one of the devices can now install CyanogenMod's popular ROM.

CyanogenMod's release of the ROM for Android One phones opens up another path for the company to target the fast-growing Indian smartphone market.

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Linux.Conf.Au 2015 Kicks Off In Auckland

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This year's LCA 2015 keynotes include Linus Torvalds, Bob Young, and Eben Moglen. For those not down under attending the conference, at least there's usually top-notch videos of the keynotes and various sessions that are available in the weeks ahead. I'll also be monitoring for the slides and other presentation assets to analyze and share on Phoronix.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy A7

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Linux

The smartphone space is not as it was a few years ago. There's increasing competition from vendors based in countries like China and India who can put out high quality products at a very low price. In a world where vendors are squeezing them on both the high end and the low end, Samsung has been put under significant pressure to improve their mid-range devices moving into the future. We saw the beginning of this with the Galaxt A3 and A5, which had aluminum unibody designs that seemed to defy their low price point. The latest device to continue this strategy is the Galaxy A7, which is the largest and fastest device of the Galaxy A line. I've laid out its specs in the table below.

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Productivity on Linux: 7 Apps for Note-Taking

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Linux
Software

As a college student, it’s important to be able to write down notes efficiently and find them quickly when needed. As a Linux user, you sadly won’t have access to official desktop clients for Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get stuff done, including writing notes.

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