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New DE LXQt Released, Linux Drones, and Deploying Linux

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Today in Linux news a new desktop environment saw its first release. A joint effort from the LXDE and Razor-qt clans brings LXQt 0.7.0. In other news, several outlets are covering the US Navy's plans to move drones from Solaris to Linux. And finally today, Jack Germain covers the ins and outs of deploying Linux.

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Linux Care, Testing, and Feeding

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The top Linux story today is a new announcement on the PR wire heralding the coming of no downtime kernel updates. Jamie Watson has another new laptop and tested several Linux flavors on it. OpenSSL gets another long awaited security fix and a Heartbleed-like flaw has been found to be a hoax. And our final story today, Dr. Dobbs thinks he's identified the heart of the problem in the Open Source community.

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New OpenMandriva, Updated KDE, and Ubuntu EOL

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Our top story tonight is the release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014 with new features and updates. KDE saw an update release this week as well and Ubuntu 12.10 approaches end-of-life. In other news "Firefox 29 sucks" says one, but another tests it against Konqueror and finds not so much. And Bryan Lunduke is back with more on why "Linux sucks!"

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Top 5 XP Distros, Sour Musix, and GNIGNO

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In today's news is a slideshow by PCQuest highlighting their top 5 Linux picks to replace Windows XP, and it includes more than Ubuntu and Mint. Jack Germain says Musix Linux hits all the wrong notes. Later, Bruce Byfield says GNOME designers violated the basic GIGO principal with GNOME 3 and PCWorld has a little look-see at Nvidia's $192 Tegra TK1.

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Ubuntu Planned, Reviewed, Hacked, and Giving Up

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Ubuntu seemed to dominate much of the headlines today. Two new reviews emerged, both rather flattering for Ubuntu. This couldn't come at a better time to draw attention away from Canonical's decision to pull-back from their Ubuntu on Android project. An Aussie has discovered a most embarrassing security issue for Ubuntu while the release schedule for 14.10 is drafted.

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Ubuntu, Red Hat, and the Good Samaritan

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In today's Linux news are several Ubuntu topics ranging from a review to a Shuttleworth interview. In other news, Red Hat is still struggling on Wall Street, but there's cause for optimism. And finally, The Telegraph published a review of The Samaritan Paradox.

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Preventing Heartbleeds, Red Hat Oversold, and Lightworks Review

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"Lightworks for Linux Is Finally Here" says www.maketecheasier.com. The article states that after a 3-year beta cycle, a stable version was released in January. "It is completely free to use (the basic version, at least) and has a lot of features to offer to an amateur as well as a professional editor." Their bottom line is, "If you’re looking for professional grade video editing software for Linux, look no further than Lightworks!" See the full article for all the details.

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Red Hat, Fedora, & CentOS - and More

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With Red Hat's public release of version 7 Release Candidate, some folks are putting it through its paces. Phoronix has some benchmarks and preliminary remarks. Also, Jay Lyman looks further into the recent Red Hat CentOS cooperation agreement. In other news, a new beginners Linux course has emerged, Shuttleworth named the next Ubuntu, and a review of Puppy Arcade 11 is highlighted.

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Linux Kernel Song, Think Before Switching, and RH RC Ready

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In today's Linux news, Paul McNamara is reporting that a band has released " its debut album as a Linux kernel module." InfoWorld.com is saying folks need to think long and hard before replacing XP with Linux. And, as promised, Red Hat 7 RC is ready for public consumption. In addition, reviews for Ubuntu's latest mixed.

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Cern Deploys Red Hat, Continued Heartbleed Heartache, & a CentOS Desktop

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Cern, "the European Organization for Nuclear Research" and probably best known for the Large Hadron Collider, has chosen Red Hat for its mission critical systems according to a report on ComputerWorlduk.com. Elsewhere, folks are still all worked up over Heartbleed, but some say its beyond the little guy - so relax. Finally today, Chris Clay at ZDNet.com has deployed CentOS on his desktop. How'd that work out?

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Cinnamon 2.4 to Feature New Theme Selection and Options for Linux Mint 17.1

Cinnamon is the default desktop environment in Linux Mint and it's built by the same developers who are making the Linux distro. It stands to reason that the best implementation for Cinnamon will be on Linux Mint. It's also the place that integrates the latest updates for Cinnamon as soon as they are made available. Usually, the latest iterations of Cinnamon are integrated quickly in Mint, but the developers are also working on an updated Linux Mint version, 17.1. The new Cinnamon 2.4 DE might arrive there by default and not in Linux Mint 17. Read more

Knoppix 7.4.1 Is Now Available For Download

Knoppix developers have released a major version of their operating system Knoppix 7.4.1 based on the usual picks from Debian stable (wheezy) and newer Desktop packages from Debian/testing and Debian/unstable (jessie). According to the official release note, this distro version uses kernel 3.16.2 and xorg 7.7 (core 1.16.0) for supporting current computer hardware. Read more

First Tizen phone now expected in India

Samsung’s postponed Tizen Linux-based smartphone is now heading for a launch in India by the end of the year, reports India’s Economic Times. Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of the Indian smartphone market. The latest company with plans to jump headlong into South Asia is Samsung, which aims to ship a Tizen Linux-based smartphone in India after the Diwali festival in November, according to the Economic Times (ET). Read more

GNOME: 3.14 almost there

Speaking of gedit, after the major changes of 3.12, 3.14 has been a cycle focused on stabilization and polishing. Overall the revised user interface got mostly positve feedback.. I for one, as a heavy gedit user, adapted to the new UI without problems. 3.14 will have a few incremental changes, that among other things try to address some of the issues pointed out by Jim Hall’s usability study presented at GUADEC: “Open” will be a single button removing the dichotomy between the open dialog and recent files and providing quick search among recent files. “Save” now uses a text label since it turns out a lot of people did not grok the icon (and no, I am not going back to the floppy image!) and the view menu has been reorganized and now uses a popover. With regard to the “Open” button, we know things are not perfect yet, search among recent is great, but when the “cache misses”, going through a double step is painful… we already have a few ideas on how to improve that next cycle, but for now I can vividly recommend to try the “quickopen” plugin, one of the hidden gems of gedit, which already provides some of the things we would like to integrate in the next iteration. Read more