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LMDE 2 “Betsy” Cinnamon released!

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GNU
Linux
Debian

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu.

LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users.

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Simply put, there is no actual official NVIDIA support for Optimus technology for Linux. Or at least, not completely. Until recently, there was none at all. As of 2013, NVIDIA did start to provide initial support for Optimus, but it is extremely barebones and arguably doesn't actually properly implement the Optimus features as it's meant to be.

But let's look at the current options for running an NVIDIA Optimus-enabled computer with Linux...

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Cinnamon 2.4.8 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

Clemenent Lefebvre published today, April 9, a new maintenance release of the stable 2.4 branch of the acclaimed Cinnamon desktop environment used in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux, including Linux Mint.

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Dead Xbox 360 Converted to a Linux Server

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Linux

Converting a dead Xbox 360 to a Linux server is not as difficult as it seems, especially if you only use the case of the console. It's still a nice try, and it will make a nice addition to the living room.

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Samsung 2015 Tizen TV range now available at Curry’s in the UK

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Linux

Currys electronics, a UK online and In-store retailer has now got the Tizen based Samsung 2015 TV range In stock and available to buy right now!!! It seems it is only the larger branches that currently have some stock of the UE65JS9000 65″ at £3,999 and UE55JS9000 55″ at £3,099.

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New Solus Operating System to Be Released Annually, First Stable Version in July

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GNU
Linux

Evolve OS recently changed its name to Solus and the developers are now trying to put some order into the normal chaos that surrounds most of the distros. They intend to have a precise schedule and to work on several important features.

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Snoop Dogg Using Linux While Being Chased by a Stormtrooper Is Real

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Linux

The Instagram account of Snoop Dogg is a mishmash of ideas and various aspects of the artist's life, but it's also a personal account. This is where he decided to post a screenshot from a game (GTA IV most probably) of him using a Linux-powered laptop.

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Do your switches run Cumulus Linux? Puppet will pull your strings

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Linux
Server

Cumulus Networks, home of a Linux-of-choice for white-box switches, has linked arms with Puppet Labs and joined its Puppet Supported Program.

While it's “just another” certification from one angle, Puppet's Carl Caum told The Register it's important to the company.

He said while there are plenty of tools to manage equipment in the software-defined networks (SDN) space, these pieces of software can only work via the equipment vendors' APIs – the networking devices themselves remain black boxes.

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Press release: Puppet Labs, Cumulus Networks and Dell Partner to Extend SDN to More Devices in the Data Center

Linux Foundation to Host Open Encryption Project

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Linux
Web

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced it will host the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and its Let's Encrypt project, a free, automated and open security certificate authority for the public's benefit. Let's Encrypt allows website owners to obtain security certificates within minutes, enabling a safer web experience for all.

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Linux AIO Ubuntu Updated to Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Adds Ubuntu MATE

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Linux
Ubuntu

We were recently informed by Željko Popivoda, the developer of the Linux AIO project that builds all sorts of Live DVDs with multiple editions of an operating system, that there's an update for the Linux AIO Ubuntu Live DVD.

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