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Prisoners learning how to code with Linux

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Linux

Seems like a great idea to me. It makes sense to prepare inmates for life outside of prison with useful skills, and the Linux job market is certainly hot right now.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" OEM and No-Codecs Editions Officially Released

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Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the Linux Mint project, has announced that the Linux Mint 17.1 OEM ISO images have been made available and they are now ready for download.

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Linux Kernel 3.17.5 Officially Released

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A new version of the Linux kernel, 3.17.5, has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman and it's now the latest and most advanced version that you can get, at least for a few hours. The 3.18 branch is scheduled to make an appearance very soon.

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Exciting Graphics Driver Changes Coming In Linux 3.19

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

With Linux 3.18 likely coming out today, we can begin focusing more of our attention and testing on the code that will become the Linux 3.19 kernel over the weeks ahead. Once again, when it comes to the DRM graphics driver changes, there's lots of exciting improvements.

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MakuluLinux Xfce 7 is Live !

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GNU
Linux

MakuluLinux Xfce 7 is now Live, it has been a long month for me, but it is finally done and ready for public daily use.

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Budgie: A Lightweight, Chrome OS Inspired, GNOME-Aligned Desktop

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GNU
Linux

The latest new open-source Linux desktop initiative is Budgie, a desktop focused on simplicity. The Budgie desktop is now undergoing possible review for inclusion into Fedora.

Budgie is the desktop environment designed for the Evolve OS Linux distribution. According to its developers, Budgie is "designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance. A huge advantage for the Budgie desktop is that it is not a fork of another project, but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind."

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Antergos Is Working Out Well For Measuring Up Arch Linux

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GNU
Linux

This past week I've been carrying out a number of system installations using Antergos as an Arch-based distribution with its quick and easy GUI/CLI installer. In seeking somewhat of a stable/sane base of settings and default packages that's easy to reproduce by others on independent systems yet still rolling-release with Arch, I've been happy with Antergos thus far.

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The Linux 3.18 Kernel Brings Many Great Changes

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The Linux 3.18 kernel is expected to be released this weekend and with this major update to the kernel are -- as usual -- an exciting number of changes and new features.

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PuzzlePhone: An open-source Project Ara challenger appears

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Linux
OSS

A Finland-based firm is offering a modular smartphone that's simpler than Google's Project Ara. The open-source device is slated to hit the market in the latter half of 2015.

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Reclaiming the PDF from Adobe Reader

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GNU
Linux

In October, it was discovered that Adobe had removed the link to download Adobe Reader, its proprietary PDF file viewer, for use with a GNU/Linux operating system.

While it is still possible to install Adobe Reader on GNU/Linux, Adobe's attempts to hide access to the product for certain users is only one example of its systematic neglect of its GNU/Linux user base, and falls in line with many others as a demonstration of the importance of free software--software that no company or developer can neglect or hide. As the Windows and OSX versions of the software were developed through version 11, the GNU/Linux version was long stuck at version nine. For several years the software has lacked important features, security improvements, and support against malware attacks and other intrusions. Yet, by "locking in" Adobe Reader users and making it difficult for them to migrate to a free software PDF viewer, Adobe has, in effect, degraded the power of the PDF as a free document format, a standard the purpose of which is to be implemented by any potential piece of software and to be compatible with all. The company has abandoned the principle of program-agnostic documents, bringing about a lose-lose situation for all.

By being led to rely on the proprietary software for tasks like sharing documents and filling out forms without the option to use a free software reader in its place, entreprises, the public sector, and institutions of higher learning have also fallen victim to this neglect, all as Adobe insidiously seeks to maintain a hold on its market share. Within institutions such as government--institutions that ought not to rely on any proprietary software, to begin with--it is concerning that Adobe Reader has often been taken to be the only option for interacting with PDF files and for communicating with the electorate.

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