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Ubuntu 12.10 review: finally growing up

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Ubuntu After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy.

Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

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Ubuntu A second beta of Ubuntu 12.10 has arrived and its biggest feature has proved its most controversial: the integration of search results on your desktop.

Ubuntu ‘Won’t Fix’ NSFW Content

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  • Ubuntu ‘Won’t Fix’ NSFW Content in Amazon Unity Results
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 285
  • Lost Ubuntu Password Recovery
  • Fallout from Ubuntu's New Shopping Lens

Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder

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Ubuntu Sending search queries to Amazon by default is bad enough, but backing it up with haughty statements is worse

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Screenshots

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  • Unity 6.6: Still Regressing On Performance?

7 Things About Gnome 3.6 That You Will Love

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  • 7 Things About Gnome 3.6 That You Will Love
  • Getting Gnome 3.6 Live Image!
  • What users like
  • Ubuntu Gnome Remix beta is out
  • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 2 Released
  • Meet The Ubuntu Women

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2: Preview

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  • Canonical adds a 'kill switch' for Ubuntu's Amazon search
  • Full Circle Magazine Issue 65

I Feared Uncertain Doubt

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  • I Feared Uncertain Doubt
  • Desktop Dis-Unity: Ubuntu Adds Web-Search to the Desktop
  • Ubuntu Sound Not Working Troubleshooting Tips
  • Ubuntu Studio: A Distro for Recording
  • 5 Best Free Apps For Ubuntu 12.04 – Part 1
  • 12.04 Music Player Review – CPU Usage
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 284
  • Useful Ubuntu One Tips and Tricks
  • How I Saved a Mac Using Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Made Easy Shortens the Learning Curve
  • Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption

Canonical loses Ubuntu marketing exec to Mozilla Firefox OS project

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Ubuntu The marketing manager from Canonical's OEM department is set to join Mozilla's team from next week, where it is widely expected that he will be working on the organisation's Firefox OS project.

Ubuntu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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  • Ubuntu 12.10: What to Expect
  • Ubuntu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Ubuntu 12.04, Amahi, and Not Detecting Disks
  • Ubuntu: Re-Doing the Possible
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Release Schedule
  • Jono Bacon: On The Recent Dash Improvements
  • All your base are belong to Canonical
  • Ubuntu on Air!: Beta
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GTK Graphics

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