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GUN Linux: On the range with TrackingPoint’s new AR-15s

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Since first running into TrackingPoint at CES 2013, we’ve kept tabs on the Austin-based company and its Linux-powered rifles, which it collectively calls "Precision Guided Firearms," or PGFs. We got to spend a few hours on the range with TrackingPoint’s first round of near-production bolt-action weapons last March, when my photojournalist buddy Steven Michael nailed a target at 1,008 yards—about 0.91 kilometers—on his first try, in spite of never having fired a rifle before.

But big, heavy, bolt-action rifles were only the beginning, with the underlying idea being that the company would scale its weapons both up and also down in size. And, last month, we day tripped back out to the Best of the West range just outside of Austin in Liberty Hill to lay hands on TrackingPoint’s newest set of PGFs, the TP AR 556 and TP AR 762. Unlike the big XS-series long rifles we fired last time, these newest PGFs are semiautomatic carbines—the type of weapon that the media usually (and incorrectly) refers to as "assault rifles."

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DEFT 8.2 ready for download

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DEFT 8.2 is the latest release of DEFT 8. What has been fixed?

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Linux Mint Debian Edition to Switch to a Debian Stable Package Base

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Debian

The Linux Mint developers have decided to switch the Debian edition for the Linux distribution from the current snapshot cycle to a Debian Stable package base.

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Free Linux Firewall OS IPFire 2.15 Core 81 Features Gets Multiple Fixes

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Michael Tremer, a developer for the ipfire.org team, has announced that IPFire 2.13 Core 81, a new stable build of the popular Linux-based firewall distribution, bringing quite a few security fixes.

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How to Choose the Best Linux Desktop for You

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Reviews

With Linux comes choice. Along with that choice, comes debate. Which desktop is the best? Which offers the most user-friendly experience? The questions are not only never-ending, but date back over a decade where the “war” between KDE, GNOME, and every other desktop was given voice. I would, contend, however, that there is a desktop for every kind of user to be found within the Linux landscape. To that end, I want to take some of the most popular desktops and match them to end users.

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Linux Security Threats on the Rise

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Security

Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all supercomputers are Linux-based!

Even if they're not "Linux shops", companies realize certain benefits from bringing Linux in for specific purposes. Its reliability, flexibility, scalability and cost of ownership offer huge advantages over other OSes...but I don't have to tell you that, do I? You probably earn your keep because of these statistics!

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Knoppix 7.4.0 Arrives with Linux Kernel 3.15.6

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Debian

Knoppix 7.4.0, a bootable Live CD/DVD made up from the most popular and useful free and open source applications, backed up by an automatic hardware detection and support for many video cards, SCSI, and USB devices, has been released and is available for download.

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Free Software on the final frontier: GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

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Equipped with free GNU Radio software, a group of citizen scientists has contacted, controlled, and is attempting to recapture a 1970s-era satellite and bring it back into an orbit close to Earth.

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GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is now available

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I managed to complete updating the deblobbing scripts for 3.16 this
morning, and now I'm ready to announce that GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is
available for general use at http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/ and mirrors.

It was a particularly difficult release, not just because of the very
many blobs and blob requests and false positives that had to be dealt
with, but because I had to deal with them at the very end of the release
cycle and while tracking down disk corruption on my primary home server,
caused by a memory upgrade that brought a faulty memory module with it.

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Ubuntu Used on the International Space Station to Control Rover Back on Earth

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Ubuntu has been spotted aboard the International Space Station and it seems that it was used to control a rover back on Earth.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst has published a photo that he took on board the ISS (International Space Station), bragging with the fact that he controlled a rover back on Earth and with his brand new “Rover driving licence.”

Alexander Gerst is an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and he is currently onboard the ISS. He's also a geophysicist and volcanologist, and now he seems to be a certified Rover driver. The image that he published on Twitter and Google+ got a lot of people interested, including Linux users...

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