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Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Switch to Each Leading Linux Desktop

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GNU
Linux

The perfect desktop is undoubtedly the one you would design yourself. However, lacking the necessary time and expertise, many users hop instead from desktop to desktop desktop with the same enthusiasm as others hop between distros, hoping to find the ideal distribution.

In many cases, they never find their ideal, and for good reason -- even the simplest Linux desktop is a mixture of advantages and disadvantages.

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22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests With Metro Redux On Steam For Linux

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Gaming

A few days back I wrote about being able to finally get the Metro Redux game benchmarks running in an automated manner under Linux to the point that we're now able to test it with the Phoronix Test Suite. With Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux now running well for our testing purposes, I've carried out performance tests of these two games with twenty-two AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Linux. Besides looking at the normal FPS result there's also frame latency metrics, power consumption data for each of these graphics cards, performance-per-Watt metrics, and GPU thermal results. If you're wondering what graphics card works best for your needs for OpenGL 4.x Linux gaming, here's an interesting look with the Metro Redux titles that premiered on Steam for Linux back in December.

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Google will now allow Android and Linux USB boot on Chromebooks

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Android
GNU
Linux
Google

GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that Chromebook users can now choose an alternative operating system for their prized devices.

It's only for the brave, and will involve potential permo-borkage of your machine if you get it wrong, but brand evangelist Francis Beaufort has been telling Google+ users about a new and easier process for poking around under the bonnet of Chromebooks, if that is your bag.

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Also: Crouton for Chromebooks: Run Ubuntu in a browser tab

Elive 2.5.2 beta released

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GNU
Linux
Debian

The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.5.2

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These pictures are worth 1,024 words

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GNU

These beautiful badges come in four different styles, each with three color schemes to pick from. They're perfect for sharing on social media or embedding on your Web site or blog, and we've provided embed code that links back to pages that will help new people get acquainted with free software.

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Linux vs. BSD: Which Should You Use?

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GNU
Linux
BSD

At MakeUseOf, we cover Linux quite a bit as the “alternative” to Windows and Mac OS X. However, those aren’t the only three operating systems out there — there’s also the BSD family of Unix-like operating systems, which are technically speaking different from Linux.

In the name of fair competition, it’s time that we gave BSD operating systems some recognition as well. And there’s no better way to do that than to compare them against Linux. What’s different about BSD operating systems, and should you be running it instead of Linux? How does Linux and the best BSD desktop OS, PC-BSD, compare on the desktop?

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Is Chrome OS a Linux Distribution?

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GNU
Linux

Yes. Chrome OS, and its open source variant, Chromium OS, are distributions of the Linux kernel that come packaged with various GNU, open source, and proprietary software. The Linux Foundation lists Chrome OS as a Linux Distribution as does Wikipedia. Even Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, while he does not approve of Chrome OS's restrictions, recognises it as "a variant of GNU/Linux."

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Linux AIO Linux Mint 17.1 Project Offers All ISO Images on a Single Disc

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GNU
Linux

The Linux AIO Linux Mint DVD is a project that aims to provide users will a single DVD ISO image that has all the interesting flavors.

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Productivity on Linux: 7 Apps for Note-Taking

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GNU
Linux
Software

As a college student, it’s important to be able to write down notes efficiently and find them quickly when needed. As a Linux user, you sadly won’t have access to official desktop clients for Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get stuff done, including writing notes.

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Red Hat Reimagines OpenShift 3 PaaS With Docker

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GNU
Linux
Red Hat
Server

The upcoming OpenShift 3 release will integrate Docker and Google Kubernetes as the basis for Red Hat's cloud platform as a service.

Red Hat is developing a new milestone release of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology that will shift the platform to Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration.

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