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openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 13.1.1 MATE Is Now Available for Download

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The Edu Li-f-e edition of openSUSE is bundled with a lot of goodies useful for students, teachers, as well as IT admins or educational institutions. It's been around for quite some time and it usually follows the other major releases of openSUSE, in this case, 13.1.1.

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Testing a new laptop with openSuSE, Fedora, Linux Mint and more

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Ubuntu

In order to install Linux from a bootable USB stick I need to be able to get to the Boot Selection menu, but on Acer systems with UEFI firmware, this is a bit tricky. The Boot Menu key (F12) is disabled by default, so I first have to boot to the BIOS Setup Utility, by pressing F2 during the power on or reboot cycle. Then in the Main setup screen there is an option to enable "F12 Boot Menu".

That's one trick down, but there's another one which might be required. Depending on what version of Linux you want to install, and perhaps how you feel about Secure Boot, you might want/need to disable that. In the BIOS Setup Utility, on the Boot menu there is an option to disable Secure Boot - but I can't get to it: moving the cursor down just skips over it!

I can change boot mode from UEFI to 'Legacy BIOS', but that isn't what I want to do. I learned (the hard way) with my previous Acer Aspire One, that I have to go to the Security menu and set a "Supervisor Password" before it will let me disable Secure Boot mode. I'm sure this makes sense to someone, but whoever that is, it isn't me.

In this case I am going to start by installing Linux with Secure Boot still enabled, so I don't really have to do this, but I went ahead and set a supervisor password anyway, because I will eventually want to turn off Secure Boot anyway.

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SUSE and Red Hat Training, New Linux "Flaw," and Fedora Changes

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Today's news includes two Linux makers now offering new training courses. The Var Guy discusses the biggest change afoot in Fedora development. David Ramel recaps some of the more publicized "Linus Torvalds Rants," and a lot more Linux advice for former XP users.

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XP Users, Fedora Community Hubs, and openSUSE 13.2

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Microsoft
SUSE

In the Linux news today is a new survey of small business owners finds that 11% will switch to Linux when XP is really really officially no longer supported. In other news, Fedora Chris Roberts speaks Fedora changes and Matthew Miller shares plans for the new Fedora "community hubs." And Jos Poortvliet kicked off the official development season for openSUSE 13.2.

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SUSE Labs Director Talks Live Kernel Patching with kGraft

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The code, set to be released in March, doesn't patch kernel code in-place but rather uses an ftrace-like approach to replace whole functions in the Linux kernel with fixed variants, said Pavlik. SUSE then plans to submit it to the Linux kernel community for upstream integration.

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Silly Names, GNOME Wayland, & SUSE Growth

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Today's highlights include another silly-names-of-open-source post, this time by Bryan Lunduke. Sam Varghese spoke to Nils Brauckmann, SUSE president, about their latest successes. Nick Heath is reporting of more Munich Open Source migration. WorldofGNOME.org covered a post by Matthias Clasen on Wayland in GNOME and Michael Meeks blogged on his response to the UK Cabinet Office's open standards recommendations.

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Evolve OS - an Upcoming Linux Distribution Featuring a New Desktop Environment

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Evolve OS is a new upcoming Linux distribution based on openSUSE and sporting a new desktop environment based on the Gnome 3 stack. You may immediately be thinking, is this yet another 'Ubuntu Killer' promising a lot and ultimately delivering little? But Evolve OS has a different philosophy and some interesting ideas. Read on to find out more.

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openSUSE Forum Hacked, Everyday Linux, and Mageia RC Delay

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The big news around Linuxville today is the union of Red Hat and CentOS which Sam Dean covered this morning. Close behind was the hacking of openSUSE Forum reported first by The Hacker News. Opensource.com is running a favorite distribution poll and Mageia 4 RC has been delayed.

The Hacker News broke the news yesterday that the openSUSE Forum had been hacked by Pakistani hacker 'H4x0r HuSsY' who managed to upload taunts and possibly steal user data. Mohit Kumar said a zero-day exploit in the vBulletin software used for the openSUSE forums was . As of Kumar's posting, openSUSE weren't even aware of the breach. However, before the day was out a post on opensuse.org appeared informing users of the entry. Passwords were not stored on the compromised server, but user emails were available. The openSUSE Forum has since been taken offline until a solution is found.

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openSUSE 13.1 KDE

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openSUSE 13.1 has been released so it’s time for a review. I’ve always liked openSUSE, I started out with SUSE Linux years ago and it’s always had a special place in my heart. I’m glad it’s still around and doing so well these days. Whenever I install it, I’m reminded of where I got my start with Linux and I’m grateful that it was available back then.

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openSUSE 13.1: What's New in the Latest Linux Distribution

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The openSUSE 13.1 Linux distribution officially became generally available Nov. 19, providing users of the open-source software with a number of new features. openSUSE is SUSE's community Linux project that then feeds into development of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server release. At the core of openSUSE 13.1 is the Linux 3.11 kernel that was first released by Linux creator Linus Torvalds in September. The Linux 3.11 kernel improves performance and expands support for the ARM system architecture, which is now also supported by openSUSE. For server and cloud users, the new release includes the latest OpenStack Havana platform that first debuted at the end of October. For desktop users, openSUSE provides the KDE 4.11 Plasma desktop as the default choice, though there are options that users can choose, including the GNOME 3.10 desktop. Among the default applications included in openSUSE 13.1 are the latest Firefox browser, the LibreOffice office suite and the Amarok music player. For KDE users, the release includes the latest Kontact Personal Information Manager suite of mail, calendar and contact capabilities. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the new features in openSUSE 13.1.

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Webconverger is a distribution designed and developed with a single goal in mind, namely to provide the best Kiosk experience possible. This means that people will be able to use that OS as a regular system, although its functionality will be limited and it will be impossible to install any other apps. This is a very helpful solution if this is a public PC, like in a library or a cafe, and it preserves the quality of the installation for a very long time. Because users can't interact with it on a deeper level, the operating system will remain stable and it will be pretty much the same like in the first day that it was used. Read more

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French ministries prove free software is viable

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