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Linux Desktop Spotlight: Meet The Distro With An Awesome Xfce Experience Right Out Of the Box

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So what makes it special, aside from the feeling you get when you see these screenshots or watch the distro in action? It's the fact that Enso OS incorporates Plank, elementary's Gala window manager and the Panther launcher -- itself a fork of elementary's Slingshot launcher and catered toward Xfce use.

The Enso OS team also forked elementary's stylish AppCenter, which they call Apphive. I did notice it's quite slow to load initially, but I can let that slide for now since this is an early beta release. On the plus side, Apphive does feature native Snap support.

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Endless OS 3.6.0 Released To Deliver A User-friendly Linux Experience

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Endless Computers, which made waves a couple of years ago with the launch of Endless Mini, is also known for its Debian derivative Endless OS distribution. Featuring a highly-customized GNOME desktop, Endless OS makes use of lots of open source technologies to create a user-friendly operating system.

Endless OS is also known to let you download a “full” ISO image that comes loaded with more than 100 apps, making it useful without the need for connecting your computer to the web. The latest Endless OS 3.6.0 release further improves the experience by updating the packages to the latest version and adding new features. The updated packages are the latest versions from the Debian ‘Buster,’ which is the upcoming stable release.

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Release Notes for CRUX 3.5

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This page discusses the relevant changes introduced in CRUX 3.5. Everybody upgrading from the previous release is advised to carefully read the following notes.

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Corresponding announcement:

  • CRUX

    CRUX 3.5 has been released! Please check out the Release Notes, the ChangeLog and the Handbook, and download CRUX 3.5 right here.

BackBox Linux 6 released!

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The BackBox Team is happy to announce the new major release of BackBox Linux, the version 6.

As usual, this major release includes many updates. These include new kernel, updated tools and some structural changes with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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GPL Dodge and Compliance

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  • Why does macOS Catalina use Zsh instead of Bash? Licensing [iophk: "s/patents/software patents/g; :("]

    So, it’s no surprise that Apple’s moving its users away from Bash. I’m also not surprised to see Apple favor Zsh. For starters, it’s licensed under the MIT License, and therefore doesn’t contain the controversial language surrounding patents and Tivoization.

  • The Redmi S2, aka Y2, gets its Android Pie update

    That may not be a huge deal to some users, however. Xiaomi is also obliged to release the S2/Y2's kernel sources in order to remain compliant with GNU's general public licence.

I Finally Have a Dedicated Linux Laptop Again (But You Won’t Be Jealous)

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Prior to now I’d been making do with a co-opted Acer Chromebook R11 as my go-to Linux portable. While that machine is perfect for travelling (and boasts a great screen) let’s just say the modern Ubuntu desktop isn’t a comfortable fit with just 2GB RAM!

And prior to that it was a succession of low-power, low-end netbooks — that’s how long it’s been!

Now, not being rich (a recurring theme) my budget for a new Linux laptop was a modest £400 max. That put the sort of Linux laptops I regularly write about — Slimbook, Entroware, StationX, Dell, et al — out of my reach.

Sob.

But thankfully all the major laptop makers offer a range of mid-level Windows 10 notebooks that were in my grasp.

Budget aside, my main requirements were thus: it had to be new; 12-14-inch screen; a minimum of 8GB RAM; and a processor that, ideally, wasn’t a Celeron.

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Also: Bug Report Update: Linux Apps Working In Dev Channel Again

today's leftovers

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  • Whiskey Lake-U based UP Xtreme SBC starts at $282

    On Kickstarter: Aaeon has launched its $282 and up, Whiskey Lake-U based “UP Xtreme” SBC With up to 16GB RAM, 2x GbE with TSN, 4x USB 3.1, SATA, HDMI, DP, and expansion via M.2, mini-PCIe, and 40- and 100-pin connectors.

    Aaeon has gone to Kickstarter to launch the world’s fastest community-backed hacker board. Running Ubuntu or Yocto Linux, Android, or Windows 10 on Intel’s 8th Gen Whiskey Lake U-series Core processors, the UP Xtreme is very close to the prototype detailed back in March. Additions include new USB 3.1 and TSN support and a new Celeron 4305U equipped model that enables a lower than expected entry price of $282 (249 Euros) with 4GB RAM.

  • [Older] Free OS to power computers in schools

     

    The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has rolled out the new version named “IT@School GNU/ Linux 18.04”. Based on the Ubuntu OS LTS edition, the system features several free applications customised as per the State school curriculum.

     

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    Apart from the financial savings, the biggest advantage of the Free OS is its ability to be modified and shared.  

  • [Older] Making physics lab work easier

     

    The use of open source software in ExpEYES enables modifications in the source code for new experiments that would be added to the list. The recently rolled out IT@School GNU/ Linux 18.04 operating system by KITE has incorporated the ExpEYES applications.

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Stacer: An All in One System Optimizer and App Monitoring Tool for Linux

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Most probably, you have heard the name of CCleaner for Windows system which comes handy when a user needs to monitor system processes or resources. Actually, system optimizer application is quite familiar in Windows or mobile platform including Android or iOS. But for Linux system, sometimes, pro users prefer to use command line tools for optimizing or monitoring the system. Then what’s about the beginners like me who want to control or monitor the system using a simple and intuitive user interface? For them, Stacer plays a vital role which comes with a handful of features to better optimize the Linux system.

It’s one of the best CCleaner alternatives for the Linux system. Stacer, Linux Task Manager, is packed with advantages like real-time system processes and resource monitor, start-up software control, the ability to clear the system cache, ability to remove software, and control to start or stop any processes or services.

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Top 10 Best Linux Laptops Out Right Now

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Linux has a cult following and for good reason. From powerful functionality to robust services, it is hard to beat a Linux laptop when it comes to day-in, day-out use. Preferred by everyone from programmers to hacking communities, Linux laptops are some of the best hardware out there for someone just learning to code or who has done it for years. They’re just a superior option to a Windows or Mac machine in many, many ways.

But you already know that, right? That’s why you’re here to find out about the best Linux laptops out on the market right now. And we’ve got you covered. In this article we will discuss the 10 best Linux laptops currently available on the market and why you should consider adding them to your arsenal. There’s a device at every price point and budget consideration so you should be able to find something that hits that sweet spot for you.

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Also: Crostini Linux Headed To Older Broadwell Chromebooks, Sorry Skylake

Pine64 Linux PinePhone could get Moto Mod functionality

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With the focus given to Huawei’s US ban, there has also been some discussion about Android, Google’s hold on the platform, and truly free (as in freedom) alternatives to the world’s biggest mobile OS. There has never been a shortage of alternative mobile platforms, many of them revolving around Linux, but there has been a dearth of companies making devices that run and support such platforms. Pine64 is one of those few and it is now sharing some development in its quest to make a privacy-respecting open source smartphone.

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