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Robust New FreeOffice Suite Proves Free Can Be Just as Good

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FreeOffice is one of the best-performing Microsoft Word replacement suites for Linux. It is also a great replacement for Microsoft Windows run under WINE.

FreeOffice's design makes it a near twin to SoftMaker Office 2016. The differences are minor. If you have a compelling need for a pay-only option, then download the 30-day free trial edition to verify that you really do prefer the Office 2016 version.

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Zorin OS 9 and 11 Review and Installation Guide

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In the advent of Linux’s grand entrance into the PC space back in 1993, has been an insurgency of operating systems and that time also happened to be the wake of a technological-oriented generation adopting computers at a much faster pace than ever before.

In the light of this fact, Debian took off grandly (two years after Linux was born) and through it, a staggering 200 independent distributions have poured out – thanks to Ian Murdock.

We can likewise say thanks to Canonical/Ubuntu for driving the concept of user-friendliness and usability for the “normal human” which other distros like Linux Mint et ‘al have perfected over the years to the extent at which it is more than reliable in this day and age.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: The best Android experience $150 can buy

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With the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has once again proved it knows how to make a budget phone better than anyone else. It offers exemplary build quality, solid performance, a great feature set and one of the best Android OS forks out there, for a very reasonable $150.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal at this price range. Typically, sub-$200 phones are either poorly designed or scrimp on useful features like fast charging, and almost always come with a crappy camera.

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Qubes' Xen-Like Security Requires a Leap of Faith

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This latest version features a new management system that centrally controls the Qubes OS configuration based on Salt management software.

The in-house installation wizard offers various options to precreate some useful configurations. The release also supports booting on machines with UEFI and introduces additional hardware support for a range of video cards.

Qubes OS is not for the faint-hearted. Even Linux users familiar with other security-enhanced distros will feel the challenge in installing and setting up this unique Linux desktop.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 is desktop-friendly distribution based on Debian. Built on Debian's Stable branch, Parsix comes with a useful selection of applications and some nice customizations, but so do many of the other Debian-based and Ubuntu-based distributions. So what exactly is Parsix's niche? What does it do better than its competition? I downloaded the 1.3GB 64-bit ISO and gave Parsix 8.5 a trial run in order to try to find out.

Booting from the Parsix ISO provides six options: "Boot or Install Parsix" with text mode, failsafe video, and failsafe alternative boot/install options; "Test CD for Defects"; and "Boot from First Hard Disk." After using the "Test CD for Defects" option to check the ISO for errors, I selected the standard "Boot or Install Parsix" option, which resulted in a fairly quick load time. The GNOME desktop was ready to use and the installer was readily available on the desktop.

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Pisi Linux 1.2 Xfce don't love me none

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I know what the Pisi team can do. I've seen it. Pardus was one of the more refreshing concepts for a long while, with its super-unique, super-friendly and frankly awesome approach to computing. That seems to be missing from Pisi 1.2 Xfce, and I want it.

The current release seems to have lost some of the flare, that enthusiasm, and that can happen when projects change their name, missions statement and whatnot. What I see is an almost template-like attempt to have an Xfce edition, without all that fire and fervor that we've seen with Xubuntu and Mint. First and foremost, the hardware piece. After that, everything else. And like Cindy sings, I wanna have fun. Alas, not meant to be this time around. Looking forward to version 2.0, which is currently in the alpha stage. Hopefully, it will be good. Seeing what Pardus had done once upon a time, I'm counting on it.

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Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa – Cinnamon Installation, Review and Customization

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Linux Mint is arguably one of the easiest and most user-friendly Linux-based operating systems to come by in the Linux world; and while it might be second to Ubuntu in popularity, it remains the favorite of a large majority of Linux users around the globe.

Why? It’s easy; Linux Mint is essentially “Ubuntu done right”. While the latter might not be bad in it’s own right, it is no news that the stability and flexibility the former offers is unmatched by Ubuntu.

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Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 Screenshot Tour

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  • Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 Is Out, Bodhi Linux 4.0 Coming in August Based on Ubuntu 16.04

    Bodhi Linux developer and maintainer Jeff Hoogland is proud to announce the release of the Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 operating system, based on the Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS Linux distribution.

    According to the release notes, Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 has been released mainly to promote the Enlightenment-based Moksha Desktop 0.2.0 desktop environment, which makes Bodhi unique and popular with the Linux community. It's powered by Ubuntu 15.10's Linux 4.2 kernel and adds some much-needed UEFI improvements.

Apricity OS Is Clean and Classy

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Apricity OS targets newbies and professionals alike. It has a well-thought-out design. Its execution makes both the GNOME and the Cinnamon editions very functional.

The overall performance of the distro is impressive. I am looking forward to the release of the nonbeta version.

Apricity OS is a Linux distro that will make you rethink why you use your existing operating system. It is a distro worth checking out.

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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

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There's still a few weeks to go and this beta definitely has some rough edges, but Ubuntu 16.04 is shaping up to be an excellent release, particularly from an LTS stability standpoint. LTS releases always have to find a balance between incorporating the best of what's new with the need to support those features and apps for five years.

Leaving Unity 8 out of it means that Ubuntu users who just want stability can wait out the transition to Unity 8 with a stable system that still stays relatively up to date. Those who want to stay on the bleeding edge can upgrade again, when Unity 8 arrive in 16.10 later this year.

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