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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 496

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Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Chakra GNU/Linux is, without doubt, one of the best KDE-centric distributions available today. Always up-to-date and, unlike many other projects these days, focusing strictly on one desktop only, Chakra has matured to the point that it can be recommended to even a novice Linux user. So is the distribution's latest release featuring the brand-new KDE 4.10 the best ever?

Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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theregister.co.uk: Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has again vented his spleen online, taking on Red Hat employee David Howells with a series of expletive-laden posts on the topic of X.509 public key management standard.

Booting desktop Linux on the Chromebook Pixel

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h-online.com: Bill Richardson, a software engineer for Google, has detailed how to boot a conventional Linux distribution on the company's new Chromebook Pixel.

Mageia Linux has fixed its kernel upgrade process

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theinquirer.net: LAST AUTUMN I encountered and wrote about a serious glitch in a software maintenance upgrade distributed by Mageia Linux, the popular fork of Mandriva Linux that I've had installed on my desktop PC for about a year. Now the Mageia Linux distribution has permanently resolved that problem.

Kernel developer criticises Linux over security

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itwire.com: A senior Linux kernel developer has pointed to an instance of what he calls a lax approach to security in the Linux kernel, citing the case of a serious vulnerability that is now more than a month old and is yet to be fixed.

In Search of Linux's Greatest Moment

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): There's no denying that Linux has had a lot of great moments since the turn of the millennium, and Linux Girl has done her best to highlight each and every one of them here on LinuxInsider's pages -- at least over the past six or so of those years.

Enough with the UEFI drama already

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Microsoft

dedoimedo.com: Recently, at a rate of about once a day, a new article comes blaming Microsoft for being evil and using their Secure Boot thingie to prevent Linux from taking over. I would like to use this opportunity to dispell myths and fears and pure, simple disinformation, as most of the articles written on this topic are nothing more than FUD.

Fedora 18: Nice Tweaks to the OS, but It's Haunted by a GNOME

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linuxinsider.com: Fedora 18, dubbed "the Spherical Cow," was finally released on Jan. 15 after seven postponements that stretched two months beyond its scheduled six-month release cycle. Despite some noteworthy improvements overall to the operating system, I found little about Fedora 18 to justify adopting it.

Chakra 2013.02 Benz review

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linuxbsdos.com: Chakra is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. Like Arch Linux, it is a rolling-release distribution, which means once you install it in your computer, you never need to reinstall. The latest edition (released Sunday, February 10), is Chakra 2013.02, code-named Benz.

Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" XFCE Review: Simply the best

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mylinuxexplore.blogspot: Simply put, it has become really boring to review any Linux Mint distro as I need to write the same words again and again. Things work so perfect with Mint and honestly, I haven't seen any other Linux distro better.

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Intel Core i7 6800K Benchmarks On Ubuntu + Linux 4.8

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