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Linux vs. BSD: Which Should You Use?

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At MakeUseOf, we cover Linux quite a bit as the “alternative” to Windows and Mac OS X. However, those aren’t the only three operating systems out there — there’s also the BSD family of Unix-like operating systems, which are technically speaking different from Linux.

In the name of fair competition, it’s time that we gave BSD operating systems some recognition as well. And there’s no better way to do that than to compare them against Linux. What’s different about BSD operating systems, and should you be running it instead of Linux? How does Linux and the best BSD desktop OS, PC-BSD, compare on the desktop?

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Is Chrome OS a Linux Distribution?

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Yes. Chrome OS, and its open source variant, Chromium OS, are distributions of the Linux kernel that come packaged with various GNU, open source, and proprietary software. The Linux Foundation lists Chrome OS as a Linux Distribution as does Wikipedia. Even Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, while he does not approve of Chrome OS's restrictions, recognises it as "a variant of GNU/Linux."

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Linux AIO Linux Mint 17.1 Project Offers All ISO Images on a Single Disc

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The Linux AIO Linux Mint DVD is a project that aims to provide users will a single DVD ISO image that has all the interesting flavors.

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Productivity on Linux: 7 Apps for Note-Taking

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As a college student, it’s important to be able to write down notes efficiently and find them quickly when needed. As a Linux user, you sadly won’t have access to official desktop clients for Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get stuff done, including writing notes.

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Red Hat Reimagines OpenShift 3 PaaS With Docker

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The upcoming OpenShift 3 release will integrate Docker and Google Kubernetes as the basis for Red Hat's cloud platform as a service.

Red Hat is developing a new milestone release of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology that will shift the platform to Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration.

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Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users

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Despite my affinity for the Linux desktop, I'm still part of the Mac world, thanks to my wife and her preference for OS X.

As such, this means helping out with TimeMachine backups, software updates and handling anything that might happen to come up when she needs a hand. Much like one might find with the Linux desktop, left alone, the Mac does a pretty good job of just "working" and allowing its users to get their daily duties completed without much hassle.

In the past, I've heard rumors about folks coming from OS X to Linux and sometimes, even switching from Linux over to OS X. After all, users of both platforms tend to rely on the web browser as their primary software application.

However, I want to dive into the idea that a multitude of Mac users are switching to Linux. In this article, I'll explain why multitudes of Mac users aren't switching to Linux, and I’ll provide some specific exceptions on the occasions when they are.

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Linux goes to CES

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CONSUMER electronic devices are the star of the yearly International CES but this year’s show saw Linux playing a strong supporting role.

Many people don’t know it, but they’re already using Linux in their day-to-day lives by way of one of the most ubiquitous devices—the smart phone. If you use an Android phone, then you’re already using a specialized version of Linux—along with about 1.1 billion other folk who bought an Android device in 2014. (That, says market research company Gartner, compares to 262,615 iPads and iPhones sold in the same year.)

A number of products and developments at this month’s CES, however, extended the reach of Linux even further.

In Las Vegas, Panasonic unveiled the first smart TV to use the Linux-based Firefox OS as a platform for smart TV apps that users will be able to download from Mozilla’s Firefox Marketplace. Firefox OS isn’t the only Linux kid on the TV block, however, going up against LG’s webOS, Samsung’s Tizen and Google’s Android TV platform, which will be used by Philips, Sharp and Sony.

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9 Linux distros to watch in 2015

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A list of the most interesting Linux distros to keep up with in 2015.

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3 ways to run 'normal' Linux on a Chromebook

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I’ve had the good fortune of having a Chromebook Pixel to work on for the last few months. And, despite what my preconceived notions told me, I’ve actually quite enjoyed working and living in ChromeOS on a day-to-day basis.

But, I’m a nerd. And nerds need to tinker, which means that I needed to try every possible method of running “traditional” (i.e. “not ChromeOS”) Linux distributions on this laptop as humanly possible. Here are the three methods currently available and my experiences with them.

First and foremost: Installing Linux directly on a Chromebook and wiping out ChromeOS.

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The 4 Best New Linux Distributions to Watch in 2015

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There was a time when new Linux distributions popped up on what seemed like a daily basis. They came and went so fast, you might have completely missed their short lives. That’s not so much the case these days. Linux distributions arrive a bit less frequently and, when they do finally arrive, tend to have a bit more staying power.

Why is that? My guess would be that the stable of standard distributions has become so strong, it’s hard for competition to stand up to the likes of Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, Fedora, SUSE, and Debian. That doesn’t mean, however, that new distributions don’t try to take down the mighty standard bearers. In fact, there are a few distributions that could give those kings and queens of Linux a run for their money this year. Which ones, you ask? Let’s take a look at what I believe will be the distributions to watch in 2015.

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Ninja Blocks has begun shipping the Ninja Sphere and announced it has signed up as a key partner for Canonical’s Ubuntu Core embedded device operating system, as it opens its first office in the US. The startup launched in 2012, when it was selected to participate the Startmate accelerator program, and also smashed a Kickstarter campaign for its first product, which was also called Ninja Blocks. Read more

Netrunner 14.1 – Main Edition (Frontier)

The “14.1” indicates an updated and polished release of Netrunner 14 LTS on the same underlying base. Since 14.1 is using the same base “trusty” like Netrunner 14, there is no need for users of 14 to migrate: Simply updating from the shared backports ppa of the Frontier release cycle should give the same result, while keeping customizations in place. Read more

Wayland 1.6.1 & Weston 1.6.1 Released

Bryce Harrington, the former Canonical employee part of Ubuntu's X/Mir team turned Samsung open-source employee, has issued the first maintenance update for Wayland 1.6. Wayland 1.6.1 and the reference compositor Weston 1.6.1 were released on Friday night by Harrington. The Wayland 1.6.1 stable update has just over a dozen changes and they're mostly tiny bug-fixes/corrections but there is also improved handling for some error situations between servers and clients. The brief Wayland 1.6.1 release announcement can be read on the Wayland mailing list. Read more