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Introducing Future Studio, a Debian-Based OS Designed for Creative People

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The time has come to introduce you guys to a new Linux kernel-based operating system, designed for creative people who were searching for a good-looking, reliable, and modern distribution for all of their multimedia creation needs. Future Studio OS is based on a mix between Debian GNU/Linux Jessie and Sid, using a low-latency Linux kernel and the KDE4 desktop environment.

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Unity 8 and Mir See Nice Improvements for Windows Management and More

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Ubuntu

Even if Mir and Unity 8 still have some time until they reach the desktop in a default capacity, it doesn't mean that the developers don't make important updates to them. A new progress report has been made available, showing off the improvements for both Mir and Unity 8.

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The 8 best desktop environments for Linux

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Linux

There is no shortage of desktop environments for Linux, which means you can customize your PC the way you want it.

I have used almost all major desktop environments -- not just to test the waters but to actually find the one that works for me -- because, you know, the best DE is the one that fits your needs.

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CrunchBang: The Rest of the Story

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Debian

Here’s the rest of the story regarding successors, spins or forks of CrunchBang. The tech media is falling over itself reporting that the “successor” to CrunchBang is something called #!++ which, to many CrunchBang insiders, is nothing more than one — but not “the resurrection” — project based on CrunchBang. It’s a project that appears, in the opinion of many CrunchBang contributors, as one that is trying to capitalize on the name, now that it’s “available,” in a manner of speaking.

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“Has Linux lost its way?” comments prompt a Debian developer to revisit FreeBSD after 20 years

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Linux
Debian
BSD

Anyhow, some comments in my recent posts (“Has modern Linux lost its way?” and Reactions to that, and the value of simplicity), plus a latent desire to see how ZFS fares in FreeBSD, caused me to try it out. I installed it both in VirtualBox under Debian, and in an old 64-bit Thinkpad sitting in my basement that previously ran Debian.

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Why should you consider using a Linux-based system for music making?

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Linux

Linux has a reputation for being geeky, esoteric, hard to get into and limited in terms of available software. But does the increasingly popular free OS and its ecosystem deserve such criticism, or are musicians missing out by not considering making the switch from Windows or OS X?

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Clonezilla Live 2.3.2-22 Available for Testing, Based on Debian Sid

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Linux

Steven Shiau has released a new testing version of his Clonezilla Live CD distribution that allows users to easily and quickly clone disk drives, an operation that is also known as disk imaging. Clonezilla Live 2.3.2-22 is a testing (read: unstable) release based on the Debian Sid software repositories as of February 17, 2015.

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Where do we stand after 30 years after the founding of the Free Software Foundation?

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Interviews

There is a growing concern about government surveillance. At the same time, those of us who live and breathe technology do so because it provides us with a service and freedom to share our lives with others.

There is a tacit assumption that once we leave the store, the device we have in our pocket, backpack, or desk is ours. We buy a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, and we use applications and apps without even thinking about who really owns the tools and whether we truly own any of it. You purchase a device, yet you are not free to modify it or the software on it in any way. It begs the question of who really owns the device and the software?

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and defend the rights of all free software users. FSF proudly promotes the idea of free software—not "free" as in "free beer," but "free" as in "free to modify the code, share the code, and distribute it freely."

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Ask LH: Can I Get A Refund Because Presto Doesn't Work On Linux?

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Microsoft

Dear Lifehacker, I was recently in hospital and wanted to try out some streaming services in Australia. I have a Linux laptop. I tried out Stan on the free 30-day trial but then realised it uses Silverlight so I cancelled that straight away. Then I wanted to try Presto which has no free trial.

I signed up because it was only 10 bucks and on the supported devices it lists PCs and Macs, with no qualification, but much to my dismay the service doesn’t work on Linux machines. Foxtel refuses to give me a refund. Is this false advertising, and is there any way to submit a complaint about them? Thanks, No Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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systemd 219

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Linux

Heya!

Many many improvements, in particular in the area of containers, btrfs
hookup, and networkd. Also, many bugfixes. Enjoy!

http://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/systemd-219.tar.xz

Note that this version is not available in Fedora F22/F23 yet. The
linker on ARM segfaults. Since the i386 and x86_64 versions built
fine, I decided to release 219 anyway.

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