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Is 2014 the year you play with the penguin?

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If you've never tried Linux or are looking for a new distro to try then check out Linux.com's top 7 distro list for 2014. If beauty is what you seek then Bodhi is a good choice as it has modified the Enlightenment window manager into something a little more manageable. For Ubuntu users there are two variants you could try, Xubuntu for desktops and Lubuntu for older less powerful laptops. For the security conscious there is TAILS, which automatically routes traffic through TOR and constantly deletes any tracking info from local storage as well as being specifically designed to run from a bootable USB drive. For the geeky parents out there, or for those looking for a very simple to understand distro is DouDou. It comes preloaded with an array of childrens learning software and Dan's Guardian to somewhat limit internet sites of a nature unsuited for the very young.

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Valve Updates SteamOS With CPU/GPU Optimizations

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SteamOS 01/13/2014 has fixes for multiple issues reported by users on GitHub. The latest SteamOS also merges in various Debian Wheezy bug-fixes for a handful of packages. UInput is also now built into the kernel directly rather than as a module and it's accessible via the Steam user. One of the more important bug-fixes is to address two cursors appearing on the screen when a game was exiting.

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Huawei Unveils Android-Based Tron Game Console

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Huawei is set to enter the console wars with its own Android-based mini-console. The Chinese company unveiled the "Tron" this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and it could hit the market in May for a mere $120 or less.

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An Update & Upgrade to Unit 00

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Finally, SteamOS is not preinstalled. We’re going to walk you through downloading SteamOS and setting it up on that second hard drive. We recognize some developers will prefer to install a traditional Linux installation, as recommended to Steam developers currently.

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Valve Ships An AMD Preview Driver For SteamOS

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For those AMD Radeon customers disappointed by the buggy and poor performance of the Catalyst Linux graphics driver with Steam games, Valve has released a preview driver via their SteamOS repository. This AMD Catalyst preview driver for Linux hasn't been made available elsewhere.

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Spec Sheet: the highs and lows of the first 13 Steam Machines

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Valve's Steam Machines are reinventing the game console by transforming daunting PCs into friendly boxes for the living room. But rather than make the machines all by itself, Valve has turned to hardware partners to create a whole lineup of them, from basic consoles priced like an Xbox all the way up to towers that just barely veil their gaming PC roots.

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Open source near ubiquitous in IoT, report finds

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Ubuntu 16.04 – My Experience so Far and Customization

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Raspberry Pi gets a hybrid tube audio amp HAT

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Snapdragon SoCs to get Neural Processing Engine SDK

Qualcomm announced a deep learning toolkit for implementing neural processing and other AI functions directly on devices that integrate Snapdragon 820 SoCs. The “Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine” is Qualcomm’s first deep learning software development kit for devices based on its Snapdragon 820 SoCs. The SDK, which is due for release in the second half of 2016, brings the company’s “Zeroth Machine Intelligence Platform” to Snapdragon 820 based devices. Read more