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Free Software: Do you get what you pay for?

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“You get what you pay for” is a familiar maxim. I know people who
live by it. If you want quality, you have to pay for it. Invest to get
the best.

When it comes to computer programs, Linus Torvalds would disagree. “Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free.”

I started to explore the range of computer that is free of cost in
the year 2000. We had moved nearly 1000 kilometres from the Blue
Mountains to Queensland’s Gold Coast, and I was playing Mr. Mum for
three years while my wife Sonya completed her university degree.

I had more time on my hands than I was used to

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    Now that the Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 update has been successfully deployed to users' devices, it's time for Canonical's engineers behind the Ubuntu mobile OS to concentrate their efforts on the next milestone. Yes, that's right, we're talking about the OTA-13 update, which should arrive this fall with numerous new features, many improvements to existing components, as well as countless bug fixes. One feature that caught our attention is the rename of the Libertine Scope introduced in the OTA-12 release to "Desktop Apps."
  • Ubuntu 16.04.1 released
    Canonical has announced the first point release of the latest long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu, 16.04. Upgrade notifications will be sent to users still on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. “The first point release for an LTS comes out 3 months after the initial release and then every 6 months until the next LTS is released,” said Canonical. “Upgrade notifications happen a short while later after some more QA testing.”
  • Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Alpha 2 Arrives for Opt-in Flavors, Here's What's New
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 Is Available to Download Now
  • Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2 Ships with New Unity-Like Heads-Up Display (HUD)
    Martin Wimpress informs Softpedia today, July 28, 2016, about the availability of the second Alpha 2 milestone towards the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system. If you read our previous report on the availability of the Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 development release of opt-in flavors, you would know already that only Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu MATE have announced their participation, and they all ship pretty much with the same GNU/Linux technologies under the hood.
  • Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS, Latest LXDE Updates
  • LXLE "Eclectica" 16.04.1 Up to Release Candidate Stage, Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1
    The development of the LXLE 16.04.1 GNU/Linux distribution continues, and we're announcing today the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) builds for 64-bit and 32-bit systems. LXLE "Eclectica" 16.04.1 Release Candidate comes only two weeks after the release of the Beta version, which was seeded to public beta testers at the beginning of the month, but was only available for 64-bit PCs and it dind't include the goodies Canonical introduces with the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) OS.
  • Linux Mint 18 Xfce Is Just Around the Corner, KDE Edition Coming This September
    Today, July 28, 2016, Clement Lefebvre has published the monthly newsletter for the month of July to informs the community about the latest happening in the Linux Mint world. As you might know, a Beta version of the soon-to-be-released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Xfce edition has been made available last week, and Clement Lefebvre now informs us that the final release is expected to land very soon and that the upgrade path for Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Xfce users will be open in the coming weeks.

Finding Solace in Solus Linux

There are so many reasons why you might want to try a new distribution. For all intents and purposes, the desktop has very few jobs when it comes to the “average” user. You need a desktop that: Runs a web browser; and if you’re a Google Docs user, you can skip the next item! Runs a productivity suite. (Optional) Can run a casual game or two. Can do these few jobs reliably and securely. That’s it! And it doesn’t hurt that it looks nice and runs fast. It’s not that you’re less demanding. You just want something that works. I know. We’re all sick of hearing that expression. (Read the rest)