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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 518

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Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Ubuntu Edge, a unique and innovative device that attempts to combine a mobile phone with a desktop computer into one sexy unit, was unveiled last week. The feature article of this week is a double review of MidnightBSD, a FreeBSD fork that promises better software management, and Razor-qt, a graphical desktop environment that resembles the much-loved KDE 3 of yesteryear.

Also in this issue, a Question and Answers section on how to safely mount hard drives that could potentially be infected with Windows malware, an introduction to Kwheezy, a beginner-friendly Debian-based distribution featuring the KDE desktop, and the usual regular sections, including a look at last week's distro releases.

Happy reading!

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  • It's Fall, still, and the Bulletin is out!
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