More Linux Suggestions and Mozilla Outrage

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Linux
Moz/FF

Today in Linux news saw two main themes. Several more articles turned up suggesting Linux for abandoned XP users. In addition, outrage ensues after Mozilla CEO and javascript author is forced to resign his position in response to pressure from activist groups and Mozilla employees. Additionally, The Register is running an article explaining how Microsoft is trying to sabotage Linux.

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Running Windows XP programs on Linux Mint with CrossOver

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Linux
Microsoft

There are two basic ways to run Windows programs on Linux. One is to use CodeWeaver's CrossOver Linux. This program enables you to run many popular Windows applications on Linux. Supported Windows applications include Microsoft Office (from Office 97 to Office 2010), Internet Explorer 8, all current versions of Quicken up to 2014, and some versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop CS.

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LTO Support Coming To Linux 3.15, Making For A Faster Kernel

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Linux

Earlier in April I wrote about link-time optimization support for the kernel nearing reality. LTO support for the Linux kernel has been in the works since 2012 but only with Linux 3.15 will it become a mainline possibility. Link-Time Optimizations via GCC and other compilers allow for various compile-time optimizations to be applied across the binary as a whole. Enabling link-time optimizations can yield some significant performance improvements but results in much slower compile times and with large programs can cause problems due to the size of optimizing the complete binary at once.

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AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Development

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Linux
OSS

AMD (AMD) is stepping up investment in open source Linux development for embedded devices through a new partnership with Mentor Graphics. The collaboration is aimed at encouraging open source development for AMD's latest heterogenous and multicore processors.

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The end of Windows XP: Is it time to give Linux a try?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

This week, Microsoft ends free support for Windows XP, cutting off the supply of security updates and bug fixes to anyone unwilling to pay the $200 per desktop fee MS is asking for extended support.

XP machines aren't just going to explode at midnight on 8th April but with hackers and malware authors already comfortable with the antiquated OS, it won't be long before some new exploit is discovered that will never be fixed. In short, if you value security then it makes sense to stop using XP.

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Why so much fuss over Windows XP’s expiry?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Other than Windows, users and companies could look at Linux versions that run many Internet servers and those in companies. GNU/Linux is also at the foundation of Google Inc’s Android mobile OS.

Linux distributions include Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary, Zorin and Lububtu. Ubuntu 12.04, for instance, comes pre-installed with the LibreOffice suite—a Microsoft Office equivalent. However, migrating applications from Windows XP to a non-Windows (read Linux) platform is easier said than done. But then, Linux distributions are free.

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20-Way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

Last week we covered a 13-way Radeon GPU comparison on Ubuntu 14.04 and we also looked at the state of Nouveau on Ubuntu 14.04 with many NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. In concluding our latest round of open-source graphics driver tests from the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr", here's a 20-way graphics processor comparison using AMD Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce, and Intel HD Graphics hardware.

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Nouveau Picks Up Slightly Better OpenGL 4.0 Support

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Graphics/Benchmarks
OSS

The newly exposed extensions by the Nouveau Gallium3D code include ARB_texture_gather and ARB_texture_query_lod. The Intel Mesa driver had already supported both of these OpenGL extensions while the R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers supported the latter extension as well.

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Angie Byron on Drupal 8 out of the box

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Drupal

Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Angie Byron, a Drupal core co-maintainer, about the latest version of this open source content management system.

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Turn Lubuntu into Windows XP with a Theme and No One Will Notice

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Microsoft
Ubuntu

Lubuntu is based on LXDE, a very light desktop environment that probably has even lower hardware requirements than Windows XP. It's a favorite for older systems and it's the lightest distro in the Ubuntu family.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0 Test 3 Is a Nice Distro Based on GNOME 3.10.3 and Debian Wheezy

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, is now at version 6.0 Test 3 and is ready for testing.

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Manjaro 0.8.9 Gets Its Third Update Pack with Newer Linux Kernels

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Linux

Manjaro 0.8.9, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has just received its third update pack.

Manjaro developers usually launch several update packs for the latest stable release of their distribution, bringing new packages and some new Linux kernels.

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KDE: Monday Report #10

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KDE

In which we mention the recent Alpha, gush about Community Design its problems and gains. Talk about whats coming for Plasma Next AND hand out freebee's....

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Microsoft XP users can turn to Linux as alternative

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Microsoft's decision to stop providing technical support for Windows XP after Tuesday has caused a great deal of confusion and consternation among the millions who still use the trusty old operating system. I've opined that there's no reason to ditch Windows XP, which will continue to work as it always has, and that you can safeguard its security by installing a good antivirus/antimalware program.

However, there is another solution that is faster and more secure than Windows XP - or any other version of Windows. It's Linux, the long-suffering stepchild of the PC industry.

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Windows XP Dies Tomorrow, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Launches Next Week

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Microsoft
Ubuntu

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows XP tomorrow but, as it happens, Canonical is about to launch Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) in a little over a week, which seems to be very fortuitous.

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Is Android good enough to be a laptop OS?

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OS
Android

So the question is, what would Android need to do to make it a great laptop operating system? The biggest thing missing, in my opinion, is bringing great desktop apps to this OS through the same Play Store. Just like you install Chrome for smartphones, there should be an option to install Chrome Desktop for the same touchscreen devices—this app, however, would need to be made for keyboard usage.

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F2FS File-System Gains Large Directory Support, More Tuning

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Linux
Hardware

Changes for the F2FS file-system with Linux 3.15 include the introduction of support for large directories, performance improvements for some server workloads, new sysfs entries for better tuning F2FS configurations, and several bug-fixes.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Software

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