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Fedora 24 Final a GO, Snaps Not So Much

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Jan Kurik tonight announced that Fedora 24 is GO for release. Despite a couple of Windows 10 boot bugs the Fedora 24 RC 1.2 (20160614.0) compose is considered GOLD. In other news, Fedora developers aren't exactly overjoyed at the prospect of Snap packages for Fedora and they sure didn't cooperate with Canonical as implied. Besides the security risks, Fedora is backing xdg-app successor Flatpack. Elsewhere, KDE, GNOME, and The Document Foundation just got a lot chummier and Darknet.org joined in with the FSF to advise against the Intel Management Engine.

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Slack Live 1.1.0, Licensing History, Reviving PCs

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The top story in Linux news today was the release of Slackware Linux 1.1.0 featuring the latest Slackware-current and Plasma 5.6.5. Elsewhere, Christopher Tozzi penned a history of Open Source licenses and the Free Software Foundation published their first in a series of licensing resource guides. Douglas DeMaio blogged some of the latest news from Tumbleweed and Swapnil Bhartiya rounded up the best lightweight distros for your older PC.

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Debian Artwork, Not-so-FreeBSD, and Slack Updates

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Today in Linux news Niels Thykier, of the Debian release team, put out the call for Debian 9 Stretch artwork. The Register covered the announcement of a Microsoft FreeBSD release and Slackware-current received more updates today. Also, let's take a closer look at the new development structure for Firefox beginning with version 48.

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More MS Problems, Rosa Review, and Firefox 47

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Firefox 47 was released today bringing a few new features and Asa Dotzler blogged yesterday on the new approach for Firefox 48. Folks just continue to have problems with Microsoft and Windows 10. Some are so frustrated they've started a petition and asked for EFF's help. Back in Linuxville, Jack Germain suggested ReactOS as an alternative to Windows 10 and DarkDuck reviewed Rosa R7 KDE. The openSUSE ownCloud Summit has been cancelled and Doc Searls' meditation on the next big fight hit the nail right on the head.

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Also: Improvements to Tabs and Video on Firefox Make Browsing Faster and Easier

Debians 8.5 & 7.11 Released, Surviving systemd, More Slack

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Patrick Volkerding wrote last week that 14.2 may be ready, but alas, more updates landed in Slackware-current Friday and Saturday. The Debian project announced updates 8.5 and 7.11, bringing security and major bug fixes to both branches. Elsewhere, Jesse Smith reviewed Tiny Core 7.1 and Sabayon 16.05 and Gary Newell reviewed 4MLinux 17. Finally, Chris Camacho offered some suggestions for surviving systemd saying, "Maybe Linux will survive the corporate onslaught…."

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Mint 18 Teaser, Slack 14.2 Almost Here, New Learning Site

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Today in Linux news Clement Lefebvre teased the release of Linux Mint 18 Beta for next week in May's Mint Monthly News. Elsewhere, Patrick Volkerding said 14.2 is getting very close and C. Mitchell Shaw wrote Microsoft is pushing its users to Mac and Linux - 14 million of them. A new Linux learning Website has gone live and TechRadar published "How to fix any Linux problem." And that's not all.

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LibreOffice Flatpak'd, Linux Misconceptions, Windows 10 or Else

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Today in Linux news Stephan Bergmann announced LibreOffice's availability in a Flatpak bundle, bringing convenience and security to distributors. In other news, Microsoft has begun practically forcing Windows 10 upgrades upon their loyal customers while Samsung has advised its customers against upgrading. Martin Gräßlin announced virtual framebuffer support for KWayland and Bertel King, Jr. dispelled some common Linux misconceptions.

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Gnuisance 4.0, Plasma Features, Augmented Reality

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gNewSense 4.0 was released at the beginning of May and today blogger DarkDuck said it's still a gnuisance due to the lack of drivers. Elsewhere, LinuxConfig.org looked at the features of KDE Plasma and Linux Laptop leader System 76 CEO Carl Richell used Linux to augment reality. The Linux Setup interviewed Korora contributor Jim Dean and Matt Hartley sent another love-letter to Ubuntu.

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Also: gNewSense: past 5 years, same nuisance

systemd Overreach, Updated Slacklive, Bodhi Swag

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systemd, the init system that wants to control it all, was updated recently and one of its changes kills off all background processes upon logout. In other news Bodhi Linux now offers mechandise at the SpreadShirt Store and Jesse Smith compared the upgrade process of popular distributions. Also today, Christine Hall reviewed Arch-based Antergos 2016.4.2 and AlienBob released an updated version of Slackware Live.

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Gentoo "Choice Edition" Released, Slackware & Tumbleweed Latest

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The big news today was the release of Gentoo 20160514, dubbed "Choice Edition" because it is especially good, cool, and excellent. In related news, Calculate Linux received an updated release and Computer Business Reviews answers, "What is Ubuntu?" Dimstar posted the latest changes to Tumbleweed and Slackware-current got some new updates. Laurent Montel answered Andreas Huettel's post on Akonadi must die and Fedora 24 sports new font improvements.

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Debian Updated, Mint KDE Beta, GIMP Preview

Debian 8.7 was made available this last weekend to address the security and major bugs since 8.6 announced August 2016. As usual, those updating regularly don't need to do anything as they're already current. Elsewhere, Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre announced a beta for Mint 18.1 KDE, something I'm looking forward to testing. Alexandre Prokoudine, graphics engineer known for Inkscape and GIMP, posted a preview of new features coming in GIMP 2.10. Dominic Humphries recently revelled in the joy of Linux that just works and Jiri Eischmann compiled a list of the latest Fedora accolades, some I've missed. Read more

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Why Linux users should worry about malware and what they can do about it

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Getting my new Asus X540S notebook ready for Linux

A number of my laptops and netbooks have moved on to other homes and other purposes recently, so I have been looking for something new. Last weekend I saw an advertisement for an Asus X540SA at a ridiculously low price (CHF 299 / €280 / £245 / $300), which is always one of my criteria. Another criteria in this case was a 15" screen, and this ASUS has is 15.6", so that made the decision for me. Read more