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Q4OS Linux Distro Will Allow Users to Purchase Apps via New Software Center

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On May 22, Softpedia was informed by the developer of Q4OS, a small distribution of GNU/Linux that uses the old-school KDE3 desktop environment and was designed for low-end computers, that the distro reached version 1.2.2.

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Malware is not only about viruses – companies preinstall it all the time

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Security

In 1983, when I started the free software movement, malware was so rare that each case was shocking and scandalous. Now it’s normal.

To be sure, I am not talking about viruses. Malware is the name for a program designed to mistreat its users. Viruses typically are malicious, but software products and software preinstalled in products can also be malicious – and often are, when not free/libre.

In 1983, the software field had become dominated by proprietary (ie nonfree) programs, and users were forbidden to change or redistribute them. I developed the GNU operating system, which is often called Linux, to escape and end that injustice. But proprietary developers in the 1980s still had some ethical standards: they sincerely tried to make programs serve their users, even while denying users control over how they would be served.

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StatCounter Stats

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  • Top 20 Countries In Europe For GNU/Linux Page-views

    Yesterday, Europe had an average of 2.29% page-views from GNU/Linux desktops according to StatCounter.

  • Finnish Spikes In GNU/Linux Usage And Chrome Browser Linked

    This suggests the spiking systems are a single organization on a single schedule with a single system administrator… Sounds like schools to me but it could also be a large business or government or particular device sold in huge quantity without automatic updating. The 3 spikes on weekdays suggests to me it’s the schools.

  • No Ceiling For GNU/Linux On The Desktop

    Yesterday, with nearly 2 billion citizens of the Internet, GNU/Linux desktops had 1.75%, ~35million. Chrome GNU/Linux had 0.46%, ~10million, with another 7million expected in 2015.

Turn your Android device into a Linux desktop PC - without rooting

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GNU
Linux

Android smartphones are becoming very powerful devices, and many of them can easily handle the word-processing, photo editing and other desktop PC-type tasks. So why not make your Android smartphone double as a desktop PC? Here we show you how to install the Linux variant Debian on your Android device, on which you can then install popular programs like LibreOffice and GIMP. Best of all, you don't need to root your device to do this.

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Intel takes on CoreOS with its own container-based Linux

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Linux

Clear Linux, Intel's new container-based distribution, bristles with ideas for how to run containers and perform OS management

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Dell Launches Cheap Ubuntu-Powered Inspiron 15 3000 Series

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Linux
Ubuntu

Dell is one of the most important providers of Ubuntu-powered hardware, and the company has just released a new laptop called Inspiron 15 3000 Series Laptop Ubuntu Edition.

Companies like Dell or IBM have helped to make Ubuntu much more popular because they sell a lot of hardware, and they are shipping that hardware with Ubuntu preinstalled. It might not seem like a big deal. After all, you can always install something else, but many customers don't switch to a different OS and Ubuntu remains installed.

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Master Linux with this great bundle of courses

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Master Linux quickly and efficiently with the next great courseware offer from TNW Deals. The Linux Learner Bundle puts you in command of the basics with 6 elite courses and 50+ hours of interactive learning content.

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How Design Philosophy Influences GNOME and KDE

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Linux desktop users have two main sets of utilities: KDE's and GNOME's. The GNOME utilities are found in GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon and Unity. Neither KDE nor GNOME has any objective advantage over the other, but the user experiences are so different that they could almost be two different operating systems.

Both utility sets have the same basic features, but each starts with its own concept of what users want. As I have said before, GNOME's utilities are exercises in minimalism, generally designed only for the most common use cases. By contrast, KDE's utilities are completist, typically cramming every possibly related feature into their windows, as well as every possible opportunity for customization.

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Also: GNOME's WebKitGTK+ Reaches Version 2.4.9 with HiDPI Support

LFA (Linux For ALL) Distro Is Now Based on Ubuntu 15.04 and Debian 8 Jessie

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Linux
Debian
Ubuntu

Arne Exton, the creator of several distributions of GNU/Linux and Android-x86 Live CDs, has updated his LFA (Linux For ALL) distribution recently with a new, custom kernel package and various under-the-hood improvements.

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Linux Containers: A new IaaS opportunity?

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Linux containers have been around for several years, but have come back into vogue recently with the growing popularity of Docker containers.

Docker containers launched with the aim of making it easy for developers to test and distribute applications and have taken off with a bang: Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Joyent have all announced ways to integrate and manage multiple Docker containers into their offerings.

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Forget Windows 10: this Ubuntu laptop is the UK's cheapest

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