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New Acer Chromebook has Core i3 processor

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Power is not generally associated with Chromebooks, since they utilize either ARM processors, like tablets, or Intel’s Celeron processors. Google‘s Pixel was the only Chromebook that could be described as powerful because it uses one of Intel’s Core i5 processors. However, on Monday we saw an Acer Chromebook that is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. This is a large jump from the usual low power processors found in most Chromebooks, and will offer that power at a much lower price than the Chromebook Pixel.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-4 Is a Linux Distro for Complete Backup

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The Clonezilla developers released a new development version for their Linux distro and they've decided to also cool down with the version numbering. The last version before the current one was labeled 2.2.3-39, but that evolved to 2.2.3-4, which is much more user friendly.

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 28, 2014," reads the official changelog.

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Containers bring a skinny new world of virtualization to Linux

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Once upon a time, if you ran a data center, you used virtual machine (VM) management programs (i.e., hypervisors) There was no other practical choice. This dates all the way back to the good old IBM 360 mainframe days with CP-67/CMS in 1967. Today, our data centers and clouds run more advanced hypervisors. Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, is made up of nearly half-a-million Linux servers running the Xen hypervisor, while Microsoft's Azure cloud relies upon its Hyper-V hypervisor.

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5 Best and Top Linux Distros To Replace Windows XP

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If you're looking to move away from Windows XP and Linux is an option, then here is our pick of linux-XP alternatives.

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Emmabuntüs is a finalist of the cyber-activism competition

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Emmabuntüs Collective, the one that stands behind the Emmabuntüs Linux distribution, was recently named a finalist in a contest rewarding the cyber-activism. The competition in question is THE BOBS contest. It was organized ten years ago by a German radio and television to reward cyber-activism.

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Pinguy OS 14.04 Mini Has Been Released. The Full Version Will Also Arrive Soon

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Pinguy OS 14.04 Mini (based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr) is already available for download, while the full release is scheduled for next week.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0r0 Is an Interesting Mix of Debian and GNOME

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Debian

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, is now at version 6.0r0 and is ready for testing.

The developers' ultimate goal is to offer users an easy-to-use OS based on Debian's Wheezy branch, which makes use of the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment.

"This version ships with GNOME Shell 3.10.3, and Linux 3.12.17 kernel built on top of rock solid Debian Wheezy (7.0) platform. All base packages have been synchronized with Debian Wheezy repositories as of April 17, 2014. This version comes with a systemd based live boot mode," reads the official announcement...

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Presence of Chromebooks in businesses grows with recent deals

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Google already provided the Chromebook Business Management Console to businesses, but now these businesses can work with familiar companies to use it in their business. In addition, with major manufacturers offering Chromebooks, including Dell, HP, Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo, businesses can stick with a preferred brand and have a wide variety of Chromebooks to manage.

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GCC Ada Now Supports 64-bit ARM

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The Ada programming language that's common to this day among embedded and real-time systems now has support for compiling to 64-bit ARM by the GNU Compiler Collection.

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Linux certification site sends wrong message

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The percentage of women involved in free and open source software is very low. This is a well-known fact, yet the groups that should be open and welcoming are often those who, subtly and not-so-subtly, often send out messages that are far from welcoming.

A few days back, I came across the following pictures at the site of the Linux Professional Institute, an organisation that offers certification in Linux at various levels.

The subliminal message sent by the pictures is pretty strong. Take the plug for the lowest level certification, LPIC1. It has a picture of a woman (above) accompanying it.

The plug for LPIC2 has a picture of a black man.

But the plug for LPIC3, the highest level, has a white man as its face.

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