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Quick Look: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (2015) with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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The other specifications include i7-5600U CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and of course Ubuntu 14.04 LTS pre-installed as OEM specific installation. It was not possible to directly order it from Dell site, as Finland is reportedly not online market for Dell... The wholesale company however managed to get two models on their lists and so it's now possible to order via retailers.

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Dell Inspiron 14 Ubuntu Edition Review

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Overall, I'm very happy with the Inspiron 14 Ubuntu Edition. In my original blog post, I said that I wanted a notebook that cost $300 to $450, and Dell delivered a pretty solid computer for significantly less! Even if I upgraded to an SSD, I'd still be well within a reasonable price range.

I'm incredibly thankful to Dell for taking a chance on selling Ubuntu to mainstream US consumers. They are potentially putting Ubuntu in the hands of many new users who might just call them for support, and supporting Ubuntu is a pretty big investment on their part. I wish Dell all the luck in the world with this project and hope that other Linux enthusiasts will support Dell the next time they're looking for a laptop. I also hope that Dell's offerings will help push Ubuntu further into the mainstream in America.

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Pebble Time review: better on Android than iPhone

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The Pebble Time is a smartwatch focused on doing notifications on the wrist and telling the time, but when paired with an Android smartphone it’s a lot more capable than with an iPhone.

That’s because the way Google has designed notifications on Android and integrated them into its Android Wear watches has left the door open for third-parties.

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Deepin 2014.3 at a Glance

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Deepin, the Chinese Linux distribution, has previously been covered on MTE. In the two years that passed, Deepin has evolved both visually and in functionality, beyond expectations.

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Manjaro OpenRC 0.8.13 - reinventing init without systemd

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It would be an understatement to say that systemd's introduction as the dominant init system for modern Linux distros has stirred controversy. Both opponents and supporters of this new way of doing things have tended to get rather excited - to put it mildly - whenever the topic of systemd comes up on various tech blogs and forums. Defending one's choice of init systems from critics has become a sort of moral obligation, if not a way of life. Take the "wrong" side of the argument on your favourite tech forum, and you can expect a deluge of heated comments, frequently containing accusations of "troll" and even nastier descriptive words not suitable for publication.

I suppose it's natural for geeks to get emotional about their operating system. In fact, if you've seen the 2013 movie Her, it's predicted that in the near future not only will we be able to love our own personal operating system, but also have sex with it. Indeed, I think we're already there, to judge by the way people have become attached to their mobile handsets.

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Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Review

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The Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update is finally starting to make progress and Nexus 5 users around the world are now receiving prompts to download and install Google’s new firmware. With that in mind, we want to take a look at how the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update has been performing on Google’s aging former flagship. This is our Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 review.

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Brasero Review - Burning CDs Like It's the '90s

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Brasero is an application from the GNOME stack that is used to burn CDs and DVDs or to creates copies from other disks. It's been around for many years, and it's trusted implicitly, but it doesn't hurt if we analyze it a little bit more thoroughly.

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Fedora 22 walk through: The first major Linux distro with GNOME 3.16

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Fedora 22 is the first Linux distribution to ship with version 4.0 of the Linux kernel and GNOME 3.16, which adds a variety of improvements and vastly better HiDPI support. This is the second release of Fedora following the project's realignment to produce Workstation, Server, and Cloud builds, which are specifically tailored to each use case.

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Also: Fedora 22 arrives with faster package management, new features, and polish

Ubuntu's Software & Updates Review - A Tool More Powerful Than You Would Suspect

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Software & Updates is one of the most powerful tools in Ubuntu, but it's not taken all that seriously. We want to take a closer look at this application and reveal some of the interesting functions.

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An About.com Review Of Bodhi Linux

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Bodhi Linux is a distribution I have followed for a number of years. I used to have it installed on my Acer Aspire Netbook and it featured in my list of "12 great distributions for netbooks" article that I wrote back in October 2013.

The point of Bodhi Linux is to get out of your way and let you decide which applications are installed on your computer.

I gave my previous review of Bodhi Linux the title "Quick but Quirky".

The reason for that title was that the desktop whilst whizzing along quite nicely had a few strange Enlightenment-isms which would have made it a probably no-no for beginners.

How does the latest version measure up? Read on and find out.

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