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Five reasons I roll with Arch Linux, and why you should too

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Installing Arch Linux is a bit like building your own house. You have to dig the foundation, erect the walls, build the roofs, run the plumbing and electrical wiring around it ... and all the rest of it. In other words, installing Arch Linux is not at all like renting an apartment, just moving in, and letting the landlord take care of everything else.
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Arch is the primary distro that runs on my main system. I do use openSUSE, Ubuntu, and Kubuntu on it and switch between them from time to time. But I spend the majority of my PC time on the Arch system because I find it to be an excellent distribution for advanced, and new, Linux users. In a nutshell, I am hooked on it. And there are reasons for it.

The bigger question is, why did I choose Arch Linux over others and what does it have to offer that others don't.

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Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon and MATE Are Based on Debian 8 - Screenshot Tour

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Debian

The RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 2, codename Betsy, has been announced earlier today by no other than the father of the Linux Mint project, Clement Lefebvre. Both Cinnamon and MATE editions of LMDE 2 have been released for testing and we were asked by our users to create screenshot tours.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Gets a New Release for Raspberry Pi 2, Defaults to Systemd

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Ubuntu

Rohith Madhavan has announced today the immediate availability for download of the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 operating system for the Raspberry Pi 2 computer board. The new binary image of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is dated March 14, 2015, and brings several interesting features and improvements.

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Linux Kernel 3.19.2 Arrives with Btrfs, IPv6, IPv4, and x86 Fixes, Numerous Updated Drivers

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Greg Kroah-Hartman has just announced the immediate availability for download and upgrade of new maintenance releases for Linux kernel 3.19, 3.14, and 3.10, all of them bringing approximately the same improvements, bugfixes, and updated drivers.

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Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon and MATE Release Candidates Available for Download

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Debian

Clement Lefebvre announced a few minutes ago, March 18, the immediate availability for download and testing of the Release Candidate versions of Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 “Betsy” Cinnamon and MATE, two computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and built around the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments created by Linux Mint developers.

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Q4OS Is a Bare-Bones Business Tool

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KDE
Linux
Debian

Q4OS is intended to be more than a community-supported general purpose Linux distro. The Trinity desktop provides a lightweight KDE environment and the Q4OS platform shows strong potential for business use. This distro could provide an interesting alternative for home and small business use, when the missing pieces between the current beta and a 1.0 and beyond release history are added.

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Here’s how you turn a USB charger into a little Linux machine

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HowTos

Remember Chris Robinson over at NODE? He was the guy who built the handheld Raspberry Pi-powered Linux terminal we wrote about back in January. Now he’s back with an even smaller Linux project for you to make – one built into the body of a USB charger.

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GTC 2015: Nvidia Digits DevBox is a Linux-powered mini supercomputer

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

NVIDIA HAS ANNOUNCED Digits DevBox, a Linux-powered mini supercomputer, at its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in California today.

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7 Reasons Zenwalk Should Now Be On Your Radar

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Linux
Slack

Seven years ago this operating system was among the top ten listed on DistroWatch; these days Zenwalk is relatively obscure at 113th place. So not many people noticed when, earlier this year, a new version came out – a prelude to the upcoming 8.0 release. The result is a lightweight Linux setup, compatible with SlackWare packages, that’s fast to set up and comes with a complete suite of software for everyday use.

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Linux and Linux 4.0 – the kernel column

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Development
Linux

Linus Torvalds released the final 3.19 kernel roughly on cue, noting that “nothing all that exciting happened [since the 3.19-rc7 release candidate], and while I was tempted a couple of times to do an rc8, there really wasn’t any reason for it.” As mentioned in last month’s issue, the new kernel includes a number of exciting new features: support for Intel’s MPX Memory Protection Extensions (which we covered in detail previously), a new HSA driver for AMD GPU devices, enhanced RAID 5 and 6 support in Btrfs, and the final promotion of Android’s Binder IPC mechanism out of the kernel’s staging tree. As usual, KernelNewbies have an excellent summary of the various patches with links to commits.

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Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Download - Screenshot Tour

After announcing the Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta and Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2, it is now time to take a look at the second and last Beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system that has been designed especially for the Chinese Ubuntu Linux community. Read more Also: Ubuntu MATE 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Beta 2 Switches to Systemd - Screenshot Tour Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Final Beta Officially Released - Screenshot Tour

Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Released with KDE Plasma 5 as Default Desktop - Screenshot Tour

Today’s announcement for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Final Beta also mentioned the immediate availability for download and testing of Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2, an official Ubuntu flavor built around the modern and attractive KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications project. Read more Also: Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Released, Offers a Neat Xfce 4.12 Experience - Screenshot Tour

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New GNOME 3.16 Getting a Lot of Attention for Improvements

Red Hat garnered much of the press today with the release of their fourth quarter 2015 earnings report last night. Red Hat stock prices rose today after the announcement on this a down day on Wall Street and continued to gain a bit in after hours trading. The other big winner today was GNOME 3.16, whose headlines began yesterday with its release announcement. Just what is causing all the buzz? Read more