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Migrating to the Linux platform is not an either/or proposition. Linux as a computing platform is so flexible that it offers users a have-it-your-way menu of software options.

One option is the Linux desktop. Individual users in home computing, SOHO and SMB operations can choose from a variety of enterprise-class Linux distributions. The Linux desktop OS offers a no-cost or low-cost alternative to the frustrations of Microsoft Windows or the limitations of Apple's Unix-based OS X platform for its relatively costly Mac hardware.

Another migration path is to forgo acclimating office staff to the Linux desktop. Instead, enterprises can opt to run their back-office and server operations on a Linux server. Linux servers have a rigorous giant footprint in the networking and cloud computing worlds. Linux servers are commonplace in many other enterprise settings.

A third migration choice is to run a full Linux shop. Standard office computing software is readily available in open source packages for office suites, Web browsing and graphic production tasks. Open source database applications connect famously with back-end software and servers. Plus, Linux does not need hardware-specific buy-in requirements.

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Google Chrome 36 Beta Brings More Fixes for Linux Aura

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Google

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has just received another update for the 36 Beta branch of the software.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is not the stable branch, which means that you shouldn't rush to replace your current one. There still are a number of stability problems, but the development is progressing quite nicely.

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Many ACPI & Power Management Changes Head Into Linux 3.16

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Rafael Wysocki has sent in his ACPI and power management pull that will target the next Linux kernel release cycle.

Changes queued up for the ACPI/PM pull with the Linux 3.16 kernel include:

- A bulk are ACPICA updates.

- Various internal changes that are important but not end-user facing.

- ACPI video support now defaults to using the native backlight rather than the ACPI backlight interface. This backlight change is designed to help systems with broken Windows 8/8.1 BIOSes.

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Linux is Everywhere....So where do we go from here?

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We all know that Linux has changed the world....in small ways and large One of the ways it's changed the world is by changing the way work gets done in corporations, big and small, around the world. As with the computer itself, the effects of ever-advancing Linux seem evolutionary and "slow & steady" from day to day. But in the 20 years since its introduction, the impact Linux has made in macro is truly staggering!

Today everything from cars and jets to every supercomputer and most servers in datacenters have Linux somewhere...doing something important. Linux is, indeed everywhere! How'd that happen? And more importantly, what will happen next?

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Sound Support Gets Updated For The Next Kernel Release

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Most of the sound driver updates for Linux 3.16 revolve around ASOC (ALSA System-on-Chip) changes but there's also a number of other noteworthy commits. HD Audio changes include Tegra HDMI support, a ThinkPad T440 dock fix, Realtek codec updates for several chips, Firewire audio support improvements, and various other changes.

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There's Now 500 Games On Steam For Linux

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Gaming

For my birthday two years ago was when the Steam Linux client went into public beta, last Oktoberfest is when SteamOS details became public knowledge, now on the Phoronix birthday is word of 500 games being offered for Linux via Steam!

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble are making a Nook together

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced on Thursday a co-branded device called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch reading-focused tablet designed to compete with the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7. It's the first sign of life in some time for the Nook brand, the lineup of ebook readers and tablets that have been consistently great but never popular enough to unseat Amazon as king of the reading device. Now, however, with the combined retail and marketing weight of Samsung and Barnes & Noble, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook may have the might to find a place once again. (And there's only the slightest irony in the fact that Microsoft owns part of the Nook brand, meaning it now owns yet another Android device.)

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Oracle, Extreme Join OpenDaylight SDN Group

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Oracle and Extreme Networks are the latest companies to join the vendor-driven OpenDaylight Project, which is developing an open-source platform for software-defined network and network-functions virtualization.

Also joining the group June 5 was supply-chain services firm Flextronics, bringing the total number of members in the consortium to 39. The numbers have more than doubled since April 2013, when Cisco Systems, IBM and 16 others announced the formation of OpenDaylight.

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Sound Support Gets Updated For The Next Kernel Release

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Most of the sound driver updates for Linux 3.16 revolve around ASOC (ALSA System-on-Chip) changes but there's also a number of other noteworthy commits. HD Audio changes include Tegra HDMI support, a ThinkPad T440 dock fix, Realtek codec updates for several chips, Firewire audio support improvements, and various other changes.

Within the ASoC area is a lot of fixes and enhancements to existing drivers but there is also new Linux drivers and support for the following hardware: Cirrus CS42L56, Realtek RT5639, RT5642 and RT5651 and ST STA350, Analog Devices ADAU1361, ADAU1381, ADAU1761 and ADAU1781, and Realtek RT5677.

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Linux-based NAS hosts private clouds and VMs

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Qnap unveiled a Linux-based, SOHO-focused “TS-X51 Turbo NAS” device with 2-8 HDD bays, plus private cloud sharing, video transcoding, and virtualization.

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