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Mint with a Dash of Cinnamon

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adventuresinoss.com: Since switching to using Linux as my primary desktop, I’m always curious as to what options are available to me besides my default go-to distro of Ubuntu.

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Review

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tecmint.com: Linux Lite is fully functional out of the box Operating System and best alternative for Windows users having complete functionality. This means that you don’t have to install additional software packages when you first time boot your computer.

The first rule of choosing a desktop Linux distribution: User, know thyself

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itworld.com: There are literally hundreds of Linux desktop distributions. Here's how to find one that's right for you.

Linux Mint 15 Olivia Xfce - Almost awesome

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dedoimedo.com: All right, here's another Mint article. Basically, we have covered pretty much the entire spectrum. Now, for the first time ever, I am going to take a look at the Xfce version. Never done that before, so it should be interesting.

Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier Dons a New Red Hat

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ostatic.com: Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier was a regular name in Linux not so long ago. He first appeared on my radar writing for the different websites I visited. Later, he became a full-time Novell employee as community manager for openSUSE. But now, after a bit of a sabbatical, he's traded in all his green t-shirts for red hats.

Linux 3.10 Kernel Receives Two Updates in One Day

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eweek.com: There were two updates for a stable Linux kernel yesterday. Is the process too fast? Linux Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has a plan to slow it down.

How Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu are slowly turning your PC into a smartphone

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pcworld.com: The glorious era of PC stardom is over. Once the belle of the technology ball, desktops and laptops now share the spotlight with smartphones and tablets, and the embrace of mobile devices by consumers has provoked deep changes in the computing landscape.

Why Did Red Hat Ultimately Win The Battle For Monetizing Linux Support?

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forbes.com: Red Hat has dominated in providing “corporate production Linux” because it not only understands Linux, it understands corporate, and it understands production. What does it mean to understand corporate?

On Android Being Linux

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ostatic.com: Thom Holwerda on OSNews has a few choice words for those who would argue against Android being a Linux distribution. As much respect as I have for Thom and OSNews, I have to disagree with him on this point.

The Most Exciting Linux 3.11 Kernel Features

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phoronix.com: With the Linux 3.11 kernel due to be released in the coming weeks, here's an overview of the most exciting changes for this next major Linux kernel update.

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Parental Controls for Linux Unleashed

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Chapeau 24 Cancellara - Same same but different

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Happily Announcing Mageia 5.1

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