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Quick Look: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (2015) with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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The other specifications include i7-5600U CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and of course Ubuntu 14.04 LTS pre-installed as OEM specific installation. It was not possible to directly order it from Dell site, as Finland is reportedly not online market for Dell... The wholesale company however managed to get two models on their lists and so it's now possible to order via retailers.

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Papyros Needs Your Help to Bring Modern Features and Material Design to Linux

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If you're watching our news lately, you might be aware of an upcoming GNU/Linux distribution that tries to rise above existing projects due to the fact that it offers a gorgeous, well-implemented Material Design interface.

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Linux Mint window customization options outshine Windows

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Whenever I'm not at home, I'm taking my ThinkPad laptop with me hat I installed Linux Mint on. While I could run a flavor of Windows on the device as well, I made the deliberate decision to install Linux on the device to discover what it has to offer.

I discovered the window customization settings recently on the system and have to admit that I wish that Windows would offer similar options. While it is certainly possible to use third-party programs for that on Windows, at least for some functionality, there is nothing comparable when it comes to native Windows customization options.

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KDE Applications 15.04.2, Wine 1.7.44, Mozilla Firefox 38.0.5 Land in Chakra GNU/Linux

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Today we have some awesome news for all Chakra GNU/Linux users, as its developers announced the immediate availability of some of the latest Linux technologies in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux-based distribution.

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Dell's affordable Ubuntu-powered Inspiron laptops take aim at Chromebooks

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Ubuntu

Dell has been expanding their line of Linux laptops in recent months, offering Ubuntu editions of a MacBook Pro competitor and the XPS 13 thin - and - light ultrabook.

But those two particular notebooks are pricey. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you’re in luck—Dell recently rolled out several inexpensive Ubuntu laptops that compete with Chromebooks and cheap Windows laptops.

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IceCat 31.7.0 release

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GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/

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Calculate Linux 14.16.2 released

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Calculate Linux Desktop, featuring either the KDE (CLD) or the XFCE (CLDX) environment, Calculate Directory Server (CDS), Calculate Media Center (CMC), Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS), Calculate Scratch Server (CSS) are all available for download.

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Also: Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 15.06

Open Source History: What if GNU and Linux Had Cloned MS-DOS, Not Unix?

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First, let's run through what actually happened. When Richard Stallman started the GNU project in 1984, he intended from the beginning to write a clone of the Unix operating system. He explicitly rejected the notion that GNU might instead aim to copy an operating system like MS-DOS. As he wrote in the February 1986 GNU newsletter, platforms like DOS, although "more widely used" than Unix, were "very weak systems, designed for tiny machines."

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Welcome to America: Here's your Linux computer

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Recently a mother walked into the computer center where I work and commented, "I just came down down to the library to see what kind of learning resources there are down here." I gave the mom a quick tour of the 28 public Linux stations our library offers for free seven days a week. As a casual afterthought, the mom says, "By the way, here are my two kids. I adopted them two weeks ago." Standing before me were two beautiful children, ages 12 and 8, looking slightly scared but also curious at their new surroundings.

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MediaGoblin 0.8.0: A Gallery of Fine Creatures

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Movies

We’re excited to announce that MediaGoblin 0.8.0, “A Gallery of Fine Creatures”, has been released! The biggest news is that the client to server API (making use of the future federation API) is much improved! That means that users no longer have to depend on a browser to access MediaGoblin.

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