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The Joy of Linux Desktop Environments

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I’m endlessly fascinated by Linux, to the extent that I wrote a book about it, Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches. My very favorite thing about Linux is the desktop environment concept. Desktop environments are graphical interfaces for the entire operating system, but where most operating systems, like Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, have one common interface, Linux users can easily install and user a variety of interfaces without changing their underlying system.

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Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop to Enable Sounds for Notifications, Add New Screensaver

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Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre has published a new installation of the Monthly News newsletter to inform the community about the latest happening and upcoming plans for the popular GNU/Linux distribution.

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ExTiX 16.4 Is Based on Debian 8.5, Debian 9 "Stretch" and Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the availability of the ExTiX 16.4 operating system for 64-bit PCs, a release that brings numerous updated components and technologies from both Debian and Ubuntu worlds.

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The best Chromebook you can buy

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If you’re looking for a cheap computer, the first thing you should do is check out just how much you can get with a Chromebook.

Chromebooks are increasingly looking like the perfect laptops for a whole lot of people. Sure, they don’t have the wide desktop app ecosystem that Mac and Windows laptops have. But ask yourself how many of those apps you actually use each day, and of those, how many you actually need. Could you trade Outlook for outlook.com? Would you be fine in Google Docs instead of Office? (And if not, would your answer change if it meant saving several hundred dollars?)

Most of our time is spent online, and Chromebooks stick to the basics, offering just enough power to do that. The best of them should let you browse the web without problem and manage to impress you with how nice they are for the price.

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GNU News, GNU C Library Release

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Leftovers: Linux

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  • Some news from LWN

    Nate will continue to contribute articles to LWN. But we suspect that the intricacies of Béziers, brush strokes, and kerning are going to take a lot of time and attention, meaning that we will be needing somebody to help fill his shoes. Thus, LWN is hiring. If you would like to write full-time for one of the most discriminating readerships in the world — but also one of the most interesting, engaged, and supportive readerships — we would like to hear from you. This is your chance to make your mark on one of the community's oldest publications.

    Speaking of "oldest," the basic format of LWN's Weekly Edition has changed little over the last 18 years. Some pages have come and gone (long-time readers will remember the desktop page, or the once-interesting "Linux in the News" page), but substantive changes have been few indeed. That format has served us well over the years; among other things, it helps us to ensure that each edition covers a wide range of topics. But it can also be somewhat limiting; it is a sort of treadmill of slots to be filled each week that makes it hard to focus on specific areas in response to what is happening in the community.

  • Blockchains and the public sector: Distributed ledger technology reaches the G-Cloud

    Isle of Man startup Credits has become the first to offer blockchain DLT to Britain's public sector

    Britain’s public sector can start experimenting with distributed ledger technology (DLT) for the first time after confirmation that blockchain-as-a-service startup Credits has been enrolled as part of the latest G-Cloud 8 framework agreement.

    Credits is a small Isle of Man firm whose back story was recently covered in sister title Techworld but access to the distributed ledger technology (DLT) that comes with blockchain marks an important milestone for the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace and its public sector users.

  • SDN: 7 Educational Opportunities

    Networking professionals hear all the time that they need to learn new skills to keep up with a rapidly changing industry. On-the-job training would be a practical option, but if your company hasn't plunged into software-defined networking – and plenty haven't -- how do you expand your knowledge when you're mired in CLI?

    As it turns out, the options for learning new approaches to networking are growing as SDN adoption gradually expands beyond hyper-scale Internet companies and service providers. This spring, the Linux Foundation rolled out a software-defined networking training course to address what the foundation described as a skills gap for networking pros. In launching the SDN training, the foundation said many network engineers lack experience with software virtualization.

  • New Linux Kernel Patches Tease Upcoming AMD FreeSync Support

    It appears that Linux gamers running AMD Radeon graphics cards could soon be treated to long-awaited FreeSync support. Some eagle-eyed folks at reddit spotted interesting Kernel patches submitted yesterday that both requests the addition of a FreeSync ioctl device, and also the mechanism for activating and deactivating FreeSync with full-screen apps.

    Because this patch would be implemented in the Linux kernel itself, the FreeSync mechanism should be able to work with both the open-source and proprietary drivers. I am unsure about the state of G-SYNC in the open-source Nouveau driver, but NVIDIA’s proprietary driver has supported G-SYNC for quite some time.

  • Partition disappears in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Microsoft hoped the Windows 10 Anniversary Update would literally be a revelation for all users, but shortly after installing the update, users encountered various issues. Despite Microsoft’s efforts to anticipate all the possible bugs, the list of complaints is getting longer every day.

  • GParted Live 0.26.1-5 Fixes VirtualBox BIOS Boot Issues, FAT32 Partition Support

    Curtis Gedak and the GParted team have announced the release and general availability for download of the GParted Live 0.26.1-5 stable Live system for OS-independent disk partitioning operations.

    Based on the latest Debian Sid software repository as of July 23, 2016, GParted Live 0.26.1-5 is here to patch a BIOS boot issue and missing window bars problem when running the Live system on the VirtualBox virtualization software, and improves support for FAT32 filesystems by patching the libparted library.

  • Accepted gcc-defaults 1.163 (source amd64 all) into unstable
  • Classified! LibreOffice 5.2 adds document access control

    LibreOffice 5.2, the newest version of the open source productivity suite, is aiming at becoming a tool of government and professional organizations, not merely a free substitute for Microsoft Office.

    Most notably, Version 5.2 supports the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP) standards for document classification. These standards describe the sensitivity of the information in a document and how heavily its access should be restricted.

  • Guess who this GNU is?
  • Guix System Distribution 0.11 Uses Linux-Libre Kernel 4.7, Supports RAID Devices

    Ludovic Courtès reports for the GNU Guix project, an open-source package management system for the GNU system, on the availability of the Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) 0.11.0.

    It appears that this is the first time we write here something about the Guix System Distribution, so we feel obliged to inform the reader about the fact that GuixSD is an advanced distribution of the GNU system powered by the Linux-libre kernel and using GNU Guix as default package manager, thus respecting user's freedom.

The 'new' Microsoft Wipes GNU/Linux

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Making the switch to open source as a non-programmer

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This was sometime around 2008. I wasn't even 20 years old. I didn't know how to code (apart from basic HTML stuff), nor did I have any particular tech skills. However, I was part of a community radio station that was embedded in an open source culture. After a full year as a member of that community, I decided it was time to fully convert and decided to install a Linux-based OS on my first ever laptop.

My friends (and engineers-in-the-making) at Radio Zero were split between the recommended distributions, with some leaning towards Debian and others towards Ubuntu. After carefully listening to pros and cons and asking many times about whether I'd be able to actually work with any of them, I decided to go with Ubuntu.

I was determined to install an open source OS on my computer regardless of my Dad's* warnings about possible compatibility issues. Despite not being a programmer, or anything even remotely related, I was incredibly excited about what Linux had to offer. The promise of an operating system that was designed and developed with accessibility for all in mind, that you can tweak and improve as you please, and that is developed by and for the community sounded like a dream coming true. On top of all this, it was free. So, what was there not to like?

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Leftovers: Linux

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  • AMD Publishes More Open-Source FreeSync Code
  • ZeMarmot at GUADEC 2016

    We are all happy users of GNOME here, and this is the first time we will be in GUADEC, so this is pretty exciting. Both Aryeom, the film director, and myself, Jehan, are sponsored by the GNOME Foundation to present our film, produced with FLOSS, in room 1, on Sunday, August 14. We will talk about the movie, its current status, about our work on GIMP too, how GNOME and Free Software works in a media creation workflow, and so on. So we hope you will be many to check this out if you are around!

  • Debian Fun in July 2016

    July marked the fifteenth month I contributed to Debian LTS under the Freexian umbrella.

  • Review: The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Touch phone

    When most people think of smartphones, they think of Android and iOS. But there are alternatives to those two mobile platforms. Enter the Meizu Pro 5 phone, which runs Ubuntu Touch as its operating system.

  • Android 7.0 Nougat Release Date: When Will My Phone Get The Update?

    As the final Android 7.0 Nougat release date is approaching, people are searching the web to know when their phone will get Nougat update. To answer your question, we have prepared a list of the popular brands, telling you about their plans to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update. While brands like Moto, Nexus, HTC, and LG are preparing for any early OTA update, other are likely to do the same in January-February 2017.

Microsoft Loves [to Sabotage] Linux

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  • Is Windows 10 Anniversary Update Deleting Linux Partitions?

    Yikes — if you plan on installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update on your PC you may want to be extra careful.

    It seems that the latest version of Microsoft’s OS has attention issues. Not content with forcing itself on users who didn’t want it, it may be taking even more drastic steps of hosing other operating systems entirely!

    A handful of reports surfacing on social media suggest, anecdotally, that the Windows 10 anniversary may interfere with, affect and even delete other partitions on the same disk.

  • Linux desktop marketshare has grown for three consecutive months [Ed: Net Applications, for the uninitiated, is Microsoft-connected, so expect real numbers to be a lot higher]

    Not strictly gaming related, but we do cover other important or interesting things here and there. According to netmarketshare [Net Applications] for three months straight Linux marketshare has gone up.

    2016
    April: 1.65%
    May : 1.79%
    June : 2.02%
    July : 2.33%

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
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  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
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