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BlackBerry PRIV review: A new standard for Android in enterprise?

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Android
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PRIV is the first BlackBerry that doesn't run a version of the company's own OS. Instead, it runs Google's Android OS. It's a forward departure from what most of the world expects from BlackBerry today. It's aimed at the enterprise, and its productivity-focused users — but PRIV legitimately measures up to the most popular consumer devices. And BlackBerry put a sharp focus on privacy. (PRIV's name is a play on the phrase, privilege of privacy.)

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Qubes OS 3.0 (also KaOS 2015.10 and Plasma on Wayland and NetBSD 7.0)

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GNU
Linux
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Security

I am sorry to say I have tried each major release of Qubes OS released to date and, so far, none has installed successfully for me. I admire the goal of the Qubes project, making it easy for users to isolate separate tasks in order to improve security. I am of the opinion the concept of a user (and a user's processes) having full access to everything in a user's account raises security concerns. I would like to see more effort put into projects like Qubes and AppArmor in order to make it easier for a user to compartmentalize their digital life.

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A KDE loyalist tries Gnome

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KDE
GNOME
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I have been a Plasma user since 2011, when Ubuntu switched away from Gnome to Unity. Prior to that, since 2005, I had been a Gnome user. The transition from Gnome to Plasma was interesting because Gnome didn’t offer much customization and Plasma (it was called KDE back then) was all about customization.

Back in those days both Gnome and Unity were kind of half baked and KDE 4.x was fully mature. I loved it. I kept dipping my toes in the waters of Gnome and Unity while KDE moved from 4.x series to Plasma. Then with the recent openSUSE Tumbleweed, I decided to give Gnome 3.18 a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Fedora 23 review: Skip if you want stability, stay to try Linux’s bleeding edge

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Red Hat
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Fedora 23 is such a strong release that it highlights what feels like Fedora's Achilles heel—there's no Long Term Support release.

If you want an LTS release in the Red Hat world, it's RHEL you're after (or CentOS and other derivatives). Fedora is a bleeding edge, and as such Fedora 23 will, as always, be supported for 12 months. After that time, you'll need to upgrade.

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The Nexus 6P takes Android smartphones to new heights (Review)

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Android
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Thanks to Huawei and Google, I have become a true fan of stock Android and simply do not desire to change to another smartphone which is a first for me. The Nexus 6P truly is premium and is a product that both should be tremendously proud of. Both companies should take a bow and we all should stand and applaud this device. With superior software, gorgeous and durable build, a super high resolution display, fantastic camera, a new fingerprint reader, dual-front facing speakers and incredible battery life, the Nexus 6P leaves no detail behind.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Chakra Linux 2015.11 "Fermi"

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Linux
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Chakra probably also isn't for you if you are a casual computer user who has chosen Linux because you prefer it to Windows but you still like it to be straight forward with perhaps menus, point and click installers and straight forward connections to your hardware.

Chakra might be for you however if you have been using Linux for quite some time and you are looking to have more control, use the command line a little more and have a closer affinity with how things really work.

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Thecus N4310: A 4-Disk Linux NAS

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Linux
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The Thecus N4310 is a small business oriented Linux NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that makes it easy to setup an EXT4-based RAID storage environment with encryption support. The Thecus web-based software makes it easy to take full advantage of the NAS with features such as BitTorrent support, media streaming for iOS/Android, and more.

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Sabayon 15.11 KDE: hot, hotter and burnt

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Gentoo
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Sabayon 15.11 KDE left quite contradictory impressions on me.

On the positive side, KDE 5, or Plasma 5 in this operating system was very much polished. I tried Plasma 5 in Kubuntu several times, but felt myself very uncomfortable there. Up until now I thought that Plasma 5 is a bit too unpolished. Sabayon 15.11 KDE fixed that my prejudice. I know now that KDE5 is the Desktop Envirnment everyone can use. Maybe that's the reason for Kubuntu team to revisit their approach.

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Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf - Not a silver bullet

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GNU
Linux
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Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf is not a bad distro. It's okay. But it's a disastrous result if you compare to the last few editions. I guess the developers didn't have that much freedom having to work with a wonky, beta baseline, but still. If the product isn't ready, do not release it. Very simple. Keeping to arbitrary deadlines makes no sense, especially since Xubuntu is not a commercial offering. It only harms the user experience and loyalty.

Most of the stuff worked, the beauty and elegance and speed are there, but this autumn's release sacrifices lots of things to get there. Stability, for one thing. Battery life isn't the best either. Crashes and bugs are not becoming a top performer. An occasional niggle or two certainly do not help. All in all, if you're after Xubuntu, then Vivid is a much better choice. Werewolf isn't the Xfce's finest hour. 8/10. We know what it can do. We demand it. Let this be a polite warning.

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Google Nexus 6P review: The Android flagship phone to go for

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Android
Google
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If you have read the review completely, you may have seen some words quite often such as smooth, fast, quick. In the Android ecosystem, the Google Nexus 6P clearly stands much higher than other flagship competition. The Samsung Galaxy S6 series is the only true competitor to the Nexus 6P. But the Nexus 6P has one weapon which is still to come to competition – Android 6.0 Marshmallow!

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