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10 of the best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs

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Linux distributions can be separated into various categories based on use case and the intended target group. Server, education, games and multimedia are some of the most popular categories of Linux distros.

For security conscious users, however, there's a growing niche of distros aimed at protecting your privacy. These distros help ensure you don't leave a digital footprint as you go about navigating the web.

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4MLinux 12.0 Allinone Edition FINAL released.

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The status of the 4MLinux 12.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Major modifications in the core of the system, which now includes the GNU C Library 2.21. Additionally, PAE support has been enabled in the Linux kernel. The most important new applications are: Asunder (CD-ripping program), aTunes (audio player), and Chrome (web browser). The net browsing software available in 4MLinux has been significantly improved (see: the 4MLinux Blog).

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8 Linux Security Improvements In 8 Years

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At a time when faith in open source code has been rocked by an outbreak of attacks based on the Shellshock and Heartbleed vulnerabilities, it's time to revisit what we know about Linux security. Linux is so widely used in enterprise IT, and deep inside Internet apps and operations, that any surprises related to Linux security would have painful ramifications.

In 2007, Andrew Morton, a no-nonsense colleague of Linus Torvalds known as the "colonel of the kernel," called for developers to spend time removing defects and vulnerabilities. "I would like to see people spend more time fixing bugs and less time on new features. That's my personal opinion," he said in an interview at the time.

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Linux from Square One

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Despite the fact I have a different view of which distros are best for kids — Qimo (pronounced “kim-o,” as in the last part of eskimo, not “chemo”) tops the list, as it should, but the French distro Doudou (add your own joke here) is unfortunately left out — the link there is informative. So for those who are just getting their proverbial feet wet in Linux, this is a godsend.

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An introduction to Linux from Opensource.com

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What is Linux? For many this seems like a question with an obvious answer, but the truth is there are a large number of people who would shrug their shoulders. Many have never heard of Linux (gasp!) or aren't confident in their answer.

Here at Opensource.com, we want to help answer that question in a manner that allows others pass it around and share it with the world. So, we created a new resource page which gently introduces Linux, the world's most popular open source operating system.

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Also: Benefits of Linux Dedicated Servers

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.4 Officially Released, Includes PhotoRec 7.0 and TestDisk 7.0

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Ultimate Boot CD, an ISO image that gathers together all the necessary tools for helping users with advanced system repair tasks and general system maintenance, reached version 5.3.4.

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Also: MakuluLinux 9 Xfce Is Available for Download, Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS and Xfce 4.12

Korora MATE Has Returned and It Looks Gorgeous, Based on Fedora 21

Ultimate Boot CD Live Aims to Become a Parted Magic Replacement, Based on Debian

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The development team behind the popular UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) project have announced recently that they are working on a Live version of Ultimate Boot CD, which is currently based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and has the ultimate goal of becoming a Parted Magic replacement.

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Linux vs Windows: What do people want from their next computer?

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The Gnome desktop version can also be made to look stunning too, so users shouldn’t think that choosing Linux will make things ugly or clunky, as this is not the case.

In conclusion, Windows adding a Start button, which the company axed two years ago, and multiple desktops (a long established Linux feature) will not make the transition and subsequent day-to-day usage much less frustrating than the Windows 8 experience.

However, one of the main downsides about the Linux operating system is that by being free, this means that there is no huge marketing budget to get the message out.

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Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better)

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Gnu/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities. In this article, I'll discuss some of the advantages, as well as areas that need improvement. Because I use Fedora, my article is written based on my experience with that Linux distribution.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Pre2 Ships with KDE Apps 15.04, KDE Frameworks 5.9, and Xfce 4.12

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On March 3, the Manjaro development team had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Preview release of the upcoming Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 operating system.

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