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feren OS 2017.0 is now available for download

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After a long time of development, pain, tragic loss, and so on, I'm proud to announce, today, the release of feren OS 2017.0 Stable! This release sports a Linux Mint 18.1 base, which contains the latest and greatest of LTS, and more!

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Also: OpenELEC, the lightweight embedded Linux distribution for media centre computers has a fresh release

GNU Linux-Libre 4.11 Kernel Released

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Freshly derived from the Linux 4.11 kernel release less than 24 hours ago, GNU Linux-libre 4.11 is available with additional "deblogging" to make the kernel more free software friendly.

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How to install Linux on a Chromebook

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Chromebooks are capable web-focused PCs, and a great choice for anyone who needs a laptop for travel or working outside the office. Thanks to a wide variety of fully featured web apps—some of which work offline—a Chromebook can cover many of the same use cases as a regular PC.

Of course, there are times when nothing less than the flexibility of a full PC desktop environment will do. A Chromebook can still prove useful in those moments if you set it up to run a traditional Linux desktop operating system. Originally designed with developers in mind, Chromebooks can run a full Linux desktop in either dual-boot mode or as a “chroot.”

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Distributions News: Ubuntu, Manjaro, and Lakka

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  • Ubuntu founder retakes the CEO throne, many employees gone

    Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonincal has once again returned to his positition of CEO, as Jane Silber, the previous CEO now heads to the Board of Directors; and big changes happen to the staff lineup as a result.

    In a blog bost by Sibler, she says, “I originally agreed to be CEO for 5 years and we’ve extended my tenure as CEO by a couple of years already. We’ve been preparing for a transition for some time by strengthening the executive leadership team and maturing every aspect of the company, and earlier this year Mark and I decided that now is the time to effect this transition.”

  • [Video] Manjaro 17.0 KDE Edition - See What’s New

    Manjaro 17.0 KDE is the latest release of Manjaro Linux. This release brings new KDE Plasma 5.9.x as desktop environment include the most of KDE applications 16.12 and KDE Frameworks 5.32.

  • Make your own NES Classic Edition with Lakka 2.0 LibreELEC Linux distro and Raspberry Pi

    The NES Classic Edition is a very fun nostalgia-based gaming console. As someone who grew up with Nintendo, I knew I wanted the mini system as soon as it was announced. A family member was able to score me one on launch day, and I've been very happy with it. Unfortunately, other people have not been so lucky. Supply was very limited and it has since been discontinued. If you do not already have it, you are sort of out of luck without paying high prices on eBay or Craigslist.

    If you are only looking to replay the NES games of your youth, and you are OK with doing it in an unofficial way, emulation is another route. In fact, if you'd rather not play these games on your PC, you can instead use a Linux-based operating system and a Raspberry Pi (or other devices) hooked to a television. One such distro is Lakka, which just reached version 2.0. It is arguably better than an NES Classic Edition as it can also play games from other systems, such as SNES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1, and many more.

Linux Mint's Plans

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  • Some Of The Features Coming To Linux Mint's Cinnamon 3.4 Desktop

    In the latest monthly progress report on Linux Mint, some of the upcoming changes for the GNOME3-forked Cinnamon Desktop Environment were shared.

  • Monthly News – April 2017

    Many thanks to all the people who donated to us and who help to fund our project. Donations are down to about 60% of what they were last year, but they’re still quite high. In the first trimesters of 2015, 2016 and 2017 we respectively received $23k, $40k and $25k. Our development team has gotten bigger and our budget is being extended to include some administrators and designers. Other figures and metrics indicate we’re growing so this probably just reflects an exceptional year for donations in 2016.

  • Linux Mint Is Adopting LightDM as its Login Manager

    Linux Mint is adopting the LightDM display manager to handle and authenticate user sessions.

    Revealing plans in its latest monthly update, Mint says it will formally drop the MDM Display Manager (MDM) in favour of LightDM with Mint 18.2, release date for which is as-yet unknown.

    The popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution mooted a possible switch earlier this year, noting that it had a key feature MDM lacks (guest sessions), and has become something of a standard across distributions.

  • Linux Mint 13 support ends, LMDE to get MATE 1.18 soon, big changes heading to Cinnamon

    The news from the Linux Mint team was quite interesting this week. First up, Linux Mint 13 has officially hit EOL (end of life), so you really do need to upgrade.

    LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is set to get the MATE desktop version 1.18 "this week" and they have ported mintMenu over to GTK3, since the rest of MATE is now using GTK3 too it makes sense.

Supporting Burning Platforms

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  • Surface revenue does a U-boat, and dives

    Revenue generated by Microsoft's Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it briefed Wall Street.

    For the quarter, Surface produced $831 million, some $285 million less than the March quarter of 2016, for the largest year-over-year dollar decline ever.

  • Acer said to me: "do not use our products with Linux. Find another manufacturer"

    Last year, I bought an Acer notebook and it came with Windows 10.

    As I didn't want spyware neither bloatware, I got Linux installed and asked for a refund of the OEM license. After a little of talking, they were wanting to charge me US$100 (to remove the license, which I already had wiped, as I got FDE Linux installed) to refund US$70 of the OEM license.

    This year, wondering to buy a new Acer notebook, I asked them again if they would refund me the OEM license without all the hassle (as they did pay me the US$70, without me having to pay the US$100).

Desktop Themes

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  • Numix White Icons Looks Better On Dark Themes, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA
  • Make Your Gnome Shell Kind Of Look Like Unity With United Gnome Theme

    Beside theme you can install these extensions to make desktop look more like Unity. Dash to dock: Enable panel mode and position it on the left; Dynamic Panel Transparency: The non-dark variant comes with a semi-transparent panel. Square icons used in the following screenshots.

  • Albatross Theme Forked From Shimmer Project For Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    It is glad to see that theme development is much faster now than past. Albatross theme is forked from Shimmer project team, they stopped the development long ago. If you want to keep your desktop simple, clean and elegant then for sure this theme is for you, it is specially targeting Gnome desktop and may work with Xfce. Currently this theme is compatible with Gtk 3.24+/3.22/3.20. If you intend to use this theme in the Xfce desktop then you must use xfwm4 from "Greybird/Adwaita" since that is not packed with this theme. Since this theme is in active development, if you encounter any bug or problem with this theme then report it to get it fixed. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshot.

  • Pop Theme Suite: Make Your Ubuntu/Linux Look Like System76 Upcoming Desktop

    As I mentioned in my previous posts that lots theme development going on now but Linux community and a company is not even behind called "System76". Well they designed theme and icons for their own computers that run Ubuntu but good news is that it is free and comes under GPL-V2 license that means anyone can copy, share or remake their theme suite.

Hands on with the Pinebook

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The Pine A64 was a 64-bit Quad-Core Single Board Computer which was kickstarted at the tail end of 2015 for delivery in the middle of 2016. Costing just $15, and hailed as a “Raspberry Pi killer,” the board raised $1.7 million from 36,000 backers. It shipped to its backers to almost universally poor reviews.

Now they’re back, this time with a laptop—a 11.6-inch model for $89, or a 14-inch model for $99. Both are powered by the same 64-bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 as the original Pine A64 board, but at least Pine are doing a much better job this time around of managing user expectations.

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Lakka 2.0 stable release!

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Movies

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0!

This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated!

We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult.

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Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

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  • Diskio Pi Wants to Be the Ultimate Open Source Tablet Powered by Raspberry Pi
    A new open source project hit Kickstarter a few days ago, and it caught our attention because it appears to be a versatile machine that's fully compatible with Raspberry Pi and Odroid single-board computers. Created by Guillaume Debray, an optician with 10+ years experience in making and selling glasses, yet a passionate computer engineer with deep knowledge of programming and hardware assembly and manufacturing processes, the Diskio Pi project wants to be the ultimate open source tablet powered by Raspberry Pi. Diskio Pi is the result of 18 months of development, and, in fact, it seems to be some sort of versatile device built on top of a single-board computer. It's currently compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi Zero, Odroid C1, and Odroid C2 SBCs, and can run Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian Pixel, or Android.
  • The new Entroware Hybris could make a reasonable Linux gaming laptop
    Entroware, the UK-based Linux hardware vendor have released two newer laptops and one of them could be a reasonable gaming unit.
  • Chrome OS' Upcoming Night Light Feature Gets "Sunset to Sunrise" Automatic Mode
    The fantastic Chrome OS team over at Google is on a rampage, and after teasing us with the revamped sign-in/lock screens and new power management settings, today François Beaufort revealed yet another cool feature for our Chromebooks. This time, the developer announced on his Google+ page that the Chrome OS team is working on implementing an automatic "Sunset to Sunrise" mode for the upcoming Night Light feature, which should improve our sleep after using a Chromebook at night and ensures reduced strain on the eyes by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the display.
  • CrossOver for Android Lets You Run Windows Apps on Intel-Based Chromebooks
    CodeWeavers‏, the commercial company behind the well-known CrossOver for Linux and Mac application that lets users install and run Windows apps and games is still working to release an Android version. Dubbed CrossOver Android, the project has been in development for the past year, and while it's still in an Alpha state, it looks like it is already capable of running Windows software on Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets. Since then, the project kept updating CrossOver for Android with new features.
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Open Source Adreno Project “Freedreno” Receives New Update

Users of Freedreno, the open-source graphics driver support for Adreno on Linux distributions, will be pleased to know that a new update has been released in the past week. Lead developer Rob Clark discussed many of the details in his blog, which highlight above all the support for Adreno 500 series GPUs. Among the highlights include compute shaders for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, improved performance and improved Linux distribution support. Read more