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Tails: An essential distro or an accessory to compliment a tin foil hat for the average user?

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For those that don’t know, Tails offers complete privacy (or close to) by way of Tor, its a Debian based distro provided as a bootable image and the idea is you place it on a USB or DVD so that when you turn off the machine, no data is stored locally. Whilst the distro is aimed at the “mainstream average user” I cannot see any other user having issues configuring or indeed using any other distro (with the correctly installed tools) to do exactly the same thing.

You’ve got OpenOffice, GIMP, Audacity included for your other needs and they don’t need any further explanation.

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Debian admin handbook is a labour of love

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When Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas wrote and published the Debian Administrator's Handbook in 2004, it was in French, their native language.

In the decade since, the book has been translated into English - and from English into several other languages - and grown to be what few other GNU/Linux distributions have: a comprehensive manual for those who want to learn all about the distro, written by people at heart of the action.

Above all, anyone who reads the book will quickly realise that it is written by developers who care deeply about what they are doing.

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GCC 4.9 Will Soon Be The Default In Debian, Ubuntu

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GNU
Debian
Ubuntu

GCC 4.9, which was officially released in late April, brings many improvements to the de facto standard Linux compiler stack. Debian and Ubuntu developers are now working on landing this annually-updated compiler stack for their Linux distributions.

The defaults are already pointing to the GCC 4.9 components for GDC, GCC Go, GCC Java, and Gnat (Aada) front-ends on all architectures while the GCC 4.9 default for C, C++, Objective-C, and Objective-C++ front-end handling is a few weeks out. The Fortran support is also in the process of moving to GCC 4.9. When these changes land within the Debian archive, they'll be picked up within Ubuntu Linux, well in time for Ubuntu 14.10.

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Siduction Is the First OS to Adopt the New LXQt Desktop Environement

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GNU
Linux
Debian

“We are very happy to present to you today, straight from LinuxTag conference in Berlin, the first integration of the shiny new desktop environment LXQt into a distribution image. This is clearly labeled as a Dev-Release, so do not trust it, it might kill your kittens, although the developers of LXQt flagged it as being beta status.”

“This means that Siduction is actually the first Linux OS that has implemented the new LXQt solution, but this is a development release and it’s not something that users should adopt for their day to day operations,” said the developer in the announcement.

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wattOS R8 Is Now Based On Debian Rather Than Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

For five years the wattOS Linux distribution has been around as being an energy-efficient distribution powered at its core by Ubuntu, but with their new release they have shifted to being powered by Debian.

WattOS R8 was released this morning and they are now running this distribution off Debian Wheezy with some backports plus some components from Debian Jessie was also pulled in.

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SteamOS update 105 comes with better hardware support

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Gaming

Valve just released another update for their SteamOS, update 105. Apart from the regular fixes and patches, this update increases the list of hardware SteamOS is compatible with out of the box. This new update includes support for hardware from different vendors, so that you don’t have to go about exploring about for an alternative to enable that one hardware that the OS isn’t detecting.

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Elementary’s Pantheon Shell To Be Ported On Debian

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GNOME
Debian

As you may know, a lot of interesting projects are about to be demoed at the Google Summer of Code. While the GNOME team is presenting GNOME Books, part of GNOME 3.14, Sergey “Shnatsel” Davidoff, one of the Elementary OS developers plans to integrate the Pantheon Shell, GUI framework, applications and the GTK theme to Debian. The only thing that will not get ported is the Wingpanel, due to the fact that is dependent on the Ubuntu indicators.

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Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy

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Reviews
Debian

Once you've got it going, you'll find that Tails' default desktop is the popular GNOME Linux desktop. If you (or your users) aren't comfortable with GNOME, Tails can masquerade as the more familiar Windows XP.

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Testing Ubuntu, Debian and LMDE on my new notebook

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Ubuntu

I recently picked up an Acer V5-131 at a good price here in Switzerland. In my previous two posts about it I have described configuring and upgrading Windows 8, and installing openSuSE, Fedora and Linux Mint on it. There is at least one obvious omission from that list of Linux distributions — Ubuntu. So this post will focus on installing that, plus Linux Mint Debian Edition (MATE) and the Debian testing distribution (jessie).

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Debian 7.5 “Wheezy” Live CD Now Available for Download

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When a new point release of Debian is made available, the Live CD version of that distro is not accessible to users right away. It usually takes about a week for the Debian Live CD team to put together the new releases.

Even if the new Live images have been released, this is no reason to install Debian from scratch. If you already have Debian installed, the simple upgrade process will keep you up to date.

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