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Dell's affordable Ubuntu-powered Inspiron laptops take aim at Chromebooks

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Dell has been expanding their line of Linux laptops in recent months, offering Ubuntu editions of a MacBook Pro competitor and the XPS 13 thin - and - light ultrabook.

But those two particular notebooks are pricey. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you’re in luck—Dell recently rolled out several inexpensive Ubuntu laptops that compete with Chromebooks and cheap Windows laptops.

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Ubuntu's Unity8 & Mir Receive a Massive Update

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Kevin Gunn has sent his regular report on the new features and under-the-hood improvements that have been implemented in the last couple of months in the Unity8 and Mir projects for Ubuntu Linux.

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Dell Inspiron 14 Ubuntu Edition Review

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Overall, I'm very happy with the Inspiron 14 Ubuntu Edition. In my original blog post, I said that I wanted a notebook that cost $300 to $450, and Dell delivered a pretty solid computer for significantly less! Even if I upgraded to an SSD, I'd still be well within a reasonable price range.

I'm incredibly thankful to Dell for taking a chance on selling Ubuntu to mainstream US consumers. They are potentially putting Ubuntu in the hands of many new users who might just call them for support, and supporting Ubuntu is a pretty big investment on their part. I wish Dell all the luck in the world with this project and hope that other Linux enthusiasts will support Dell the next time they're looking for a laptop. I also hope that Dell's offerings will help push Ubuntu further into the mainstream in America.

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Ubuntu MATE Team Donates Money to MATE Desktop and TLP

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As the name implies, Ubuntu MATE is using the MATE desktop, so giving back upstream to the MATE team is not actually all that surprising. It's not a large sum of money, but that is not the point. The Ubuntu MATE project doesn't gather a lot of money from donations, but they made a point of donating a part of those proceeds to other projects, mostly to make a point.

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Logic Supply Sells Industrial and Embedded Computers Running Ubuntu Linux

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Believe it or not, more and more hardware companies are making waves by selling all sorts of computers powered by a GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, which is the world's most popular free operating system.

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Chromixium 1.1 Available for Download, Chrome OS-like Distro Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

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The developers behind that well-known Chromixium distribution derived from the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, and designed from the ground up to look like Google's Chrome OS reached version 1.1 today, June 4.

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Ubuntu Phone's Music Scope Gives You Access to Over 30 Million Songs from 7digital

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Canonical and Ubuntu announced a while ago the they have partnered with the 7digital Group Plc media company to offer access to over 30 million songs to users on Ubuntu phones.

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OpenSSL Export Cipher Suites Removed from Library in Ubuntu OSes

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Canonical has revealed details about an OpenSSL feature that has been disabled in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

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Ubuntu Touch to Get Private Browsing and Telephony Improvements

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The Ubuntu Touch operating system from Canonical also comes with its own Internet browser, developed internally, and the application is still improved. A new batch of features is about to land very soon, including an incognito mode.

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Ubuntu's Juju Now Supports systemd and Google Cloud Platform

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Udi Nachmany, director of Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud at Canonical, has announced the release of a new version of Juju, an open-source, solution-driven orchestration tool for Ubuntu Linux.

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OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

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France Proposes Software Security Liability For Manufacturers, Open Source As Support Ends

It sometimes seems as though barely a week can go by without yet another major software-related hardware vulnerability story. As manufacturers grapple with the demands of no longer building simple appliances but instead supplying them containing software that may expose itself to the world over the Internet, we see devices shipped with insecure firmware and little care for its support or updating after the sale. The French government have a proposal to address this problem that may be of interest to our community, to make manufacturers liable for the security of a product while it is on the market, and with the possibility of requiring its software to be made open-source at end-of-life. In the first instance it can only be a good thing for device security to be put at the top of a manufacturer’s agenda, and in the second the ready availability of source code would present reverse engineers with a bonanza. Read more

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