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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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Review: Ubuntu 15.04 is an amazing release, but I hate it

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Ubuntu

I have run Ubuntu 15.04 since the day it was made available, and while it was a great release, one decision by Ubuntu is ruining it for me.

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The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review: A Premium 4K Set Top Box

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The battle for the living room (i.e, controlling the television experience) is heating up with forays from multiple vendors. As the cord-cutting trend gains momentum, the time seems to be right for disruption. Roku has been around for a long time and they continue to taste success with inexpensive and small over-the-top set-top boxes (OTT STBs). At the other end of the spectrum is the Apple TV, which, despite just being a 'hobby', has managed to move millions of units. Google had tried to make inroads into this market a few years back with the Google TV / Logitech Revue, but, it unfortunately didn't pan out as expected. Chromecast turned out to be more popular in their second attempt, but it was a limited play. In late 2014, Google launched Android TV along with the Nexus Player.

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What’s new in Fedora 22 Workstation

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The Fedora Workstation edition is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer. It supports a wide range of developers, from hobbyists and students to professionals in corporate environments. Fedora 22 Workstation builds on the previous initial release of Fedora 21 Workstation, providing a set of enhancements designed to boost your workflow and help your productivity.

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A Few Laps With Fedora 22

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In a sentence, it’s another winner in a long line of winners from Fedora.

If you’re a Fedora user, you’ll love Fedora 22. If you’re not a Fedora user and want to try it, it’s worth the effort to get it to where you want it. The caveat here is that you may have to tweak it a bit to do what more mainstream distros like Linux Mint or Ubuntu do out of the box. If you’re up to it, then go for it.

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