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Fav Distros, LibreOffice 4.3 Beta, and Ungrateful Gamers

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Today's trek around the Linuxsphere found an article at LinuxInsider looking at bloggers favorite Linux distributions. LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 1 was released and folks are looking forward already. And Softpedia.com asks if Linux gamers are a bit ungrateful for biting the hand that fed them the Witcher 2 wrapper.

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Mint 17 the Best, Foe to Friend, and KaOS Review

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Topping our coverage tonight, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols declares Linux "Mint 17 the best Linux desktop to date." Terrence O'Brien describes his journey with Linux as from foe to friend, sort of. And finally tonight, KDE tablet Vivaldi appears to be defunct and KaOS gets the once-over.

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Fedora 20 KDE, Baconless Ubuntu, and Witcher's Bad Spell

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It may look awesome according to Softpedia, but "something's funky" in the Fedora 20 KDE stack says Phoronix. Bryan Lunduke wonders what Ubuntu will be like without Jono Bacon. And in an update to last night's Witcher 2 Linux port report, gamers aren't pleased.

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Bacon Leaves Canonical, Red Hat Chief, and Witcher 2 on Sale

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Our top story tonight is Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon is leaving Canonical for more fertile grounds. In other news, Michael Tiemann, Red Hat Vice President of Open Source Affairs, has recently been accused, at least by software, of violating copyright claims. Another long awaited gaming experience has finally come to Linux in Witcher 2 - and at a heck of a price. This and more in tonight's Linux news recap.

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Witch Hunts, KDE's Gamble, and Blue Pup

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Topping today's Linux news, Matt Asay says the Open Source witch hunts are back with a vengeance. Bruce Byfield discusses what he's calling "KDE's risky gamble" on their new interface. Lastly, Jack Germain testdrives Blue Pup Linux and Steam streaming is out of beta.

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Fedora Shake Up, Linus Interviewed, and Mint 16 Reviewed

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Our top story tonight Fedora project lead has tendered her resignation saying it's about time. In other news, Linus Torvalds, father of Linux, was interviewed by TechScape's Bill Robinson. And finally, Gary Newell blogged about his recent experiences with Linux Mint 16.

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The Systemd Saga, Into the Vortex, and a Minty RC

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In today's Linux news, Katherine Noyes slogs the blogosphere in search of alternatives to systemd, with little success it seems. Jesse Smiths falls into VortexBox 2.3, a distribution for music servers and jukeboxes. Jamie Watson reviews Mint 17 RC and a user survey puts Ubuntu ahead of Red Hat in the OpenStack race.

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Whitehurst Speaks, Enlightenment Linux, and Linus Wants You

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In today's news Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, shares words of wisdom with graduates of the Campbell University Law School. Enlightenment is examined in all its incarnations. And Linus Torvalds posts a new video to encourage folks to sign up for Introduction to Linux.

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Top 10 Desktops, Linux Jobs, and Fedora 21 Wallpapers

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In today's Linux news, www.makeuseof.com briefs users on the top 10 Linux desktops. Jack Germain discusses some of the challenges of migrating to Linux. Katherine Noyes takes another look at the Linux job market. Fedora 21 needs supplementary wallpapers and Sam Varghese introduces a new generation to the Debian Administrator's Handbook. That and more in today's Linux community news.

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Is Linux Secure, Old Flaw Fixed, and Patchin

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Today in Linux news, an old kernel security bug was patched and Matt Hartley asks if Linux is secure. iTWire.com compares non-reboot kernel updaters SUSE kGraft and Red Hat's kpatch. Red Hat opens a new office in the Orient and Bryan Lunduke helps us understand Fedora.NEXT.

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IoT tinkerers get new Linux hub & open platforms

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Citrix and Google partner to bring native enterprise features to Chromebooks

Chromebooks are making inroads into the education sector, and a push is coming for the enterprise with new native Chrome capabilities from Citrix. Google and Citrix have announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome, a native app for the Chromebook which has direct access to the system resources, including printing, audio, and video. To provide the security needed for the enterprise, the new Citrix app assigns a unique Receiver ID to each device for monitoring, seamless Clipboard integration across remote and local applications, end user experience monitoring with HDX Insight, and direct SSL connections. Read more

Is Open Source an Open Invitation to Hack Webmail Encryption?

While the open source approach to software development has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles. Such worries are ill-founded, though. One concern about opening up security code to anyone is that anyone will include the NSA, which has a habit of discovering vulnerabilities and sitting on them so it can exploit them at a later time. Such discoveries shouldn't be a cause of concern, argued Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP, the encryption scheme Yahoo and Google will be using for their webmail. Read more

Changing times, busy times and why Google will save Usenet.

Linux however has succeeded by way of form factors diversifying. Be it Android phones or tablets there is a big shift with the mainstream consumer in terms of what devices they want and here Linux has excelled. In 2008 my decision remove my Microsoft dependency was for reasons of the control they had on the desktop, the practices alleged against them and the dubious tactics some of their advocates used to promote the products. I also wholeheartedly agree with the ethos of FOSS which was another contributory factor. Today, my feelings about FOSS have not changed, there are caveats to my opinions of FOSS (especially in gaming) but I’ve covered that before in other articles. Today I avoid Microsoft not because I feel the need to make a stand against its behaviour, its because I don’t need them. I support Microsoft being a “choice” in the market as I support user freedom, but as for what Microsoft can offer me (regardless of its past) there is nothing. Read more