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5 best Gnome-based Linux distributions to check out

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Gnome (AKA Gnome 3 or Gnome Shell) is the third iteration of the Gnome desktop environment. Its user-interface is split into a panel at the top, and a favorites dock on the left. Gnome is currently the most popular Linux desktop environment, and most major Linux distributions ship with it as the primary user-interface.

In the Linux world, many people are using Gnome as it is modern, and often the default choice. Even though it remains the most popular desktop on Linux, some Linux OSes do Gnome better than others. So, here are the 5 best Gnome-based Linux OSes to check out!

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GNU/Linux on Desktops for Kids, Freedom Lovers, and for Russia

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  • 10 Best Linux Distro for kids with lightweight to learn Linux

    If your question is which one is the best Linux distro for kids? Then the answer would not be one. It is because of the availability of Linux distros in multiple flavours which is also best because you can choose one according to your kid’s taste. There is a perception that Linux is only meant for developers of hackers which is absolutely wrong. In today’s world, it is more than that. Kids, Parents, School goers, College students anyone can download and easily operate Linux using the Graphical user interface.

  • Raptor's Blackbird Arrives As The Most Open-Source Yet Fast Desktop System - Up To 8 POWER9 Cores, PCIe 4.0

    The Blackbird has arrived for testing! As written about last week, the Blackbird has begun shipping and is in mass production as the micro-ATX POWER9 system that is the little brother to Raptor Computing System's long-standing, high-performance, fully open-source Talos II workstation. The Raptor Blackbird is lower-cost while being able to handle up to 160 Watt Sforza 8-core processors, dual DDR4 ECC memory modules, one PCI Express 4.0 x16 slot, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and other common features of desktop/workstation motherboards.

  • Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade

    For the first time, Russia has granted its highest security rating to a domestically developed operating system, deeming Astra Linux suitable for communications of “special importance” across the military and the rest of the government. The designation clears the way for Russian intelligence and military workers who had been using Microsoft products on office computers to use Astra Linux instead.

    “There is hope that the domestic OS [operating system] will be able to replace the Microsoft product. Of course, this is good news for the Russian market,” said German Klimenko, former IT advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin and chairman of the board of Russia’s Digital Economy Development Fund, a venture capital fund run by the government. Klimenko spoke to the Russian newspaper Izvestia on Friday.

    Although Russian officials used Windows for secure communications, they heavily modified the software and subjected Windows-equipped PCs to lengthy and rigorous security checks before putting the computers in use. The testing and analysis was to satisfy concerns that vulnerabilities in Microsoft operating systems could be patched to prevent hacking from countries like the United States. Such evaluations could take three years, according to the newspaper.

  • Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade

    “The Russian government doesn’t trust systems developed by foreign companies to handle sensitive data, due to fears of espionage through those systems,” said Justin Sherman, Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America. “Using domestically produced technologies to manage sensitive data is just another component of the Kremlin’s broader interest in exercising more autonomy over the digital machines and communications within its borders.”

4 of the Best Android Emulators for Linux

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Who said you need a smartphone to enjoy the benefits of Android apps? Perhaps you’d like to have your favorite apps available while you’re working on your Linux PC but don’t want to be tied to your phone. With an Android emulator for Linux, you can enjoy the smartphone experience without the smartphone.

After all, Android uses the Linux kernel itself, so running an emulated version of this smartphone OS on your PC isn’t impossible. Here are four of the best Android emulators you can use if you’re running Linux.

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Programming/Development: GNU Releases, Bash, Python and JavaScript

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GNU/Linux on Dell Precision and Librem 5

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  • Dell Precision 5540 is a 4 pound mobile workstation PC

    On the outside, this laptop may look like an XPS 15. But under the hood the Precision 5540 is available with more processor options, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and a choice of operating systems including Windows 10 Home or Pro, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, or Red Hat 7.5.

  • The Librem 5 Smartphone Software Made More Progress In May But Still No Hardware Signs

    Purism just published a monthly summary of their activities pertaining to the Librem 5 smartphone this month. They continue working on their software stack with the Librem 5 developer kit but there still is no sign of their production hardware design yet or if they'll be able to ship next quarter as planned.

  • Librem 5 – End of May Progress

    Work has been ongoing to get to the bottom of the phone call audio issue. While USB audio works just fine, with some tweaks, PCM audio coming out of the dev kit is noisy and distorted, due to the most-significant bit in the PCM stream – from the i.MX8 to the modem – being incorrect. Forcefully setting the MSB in a recorded PCM stream produces clear audio. In the meantime, we have started work on a daemon, Wys, that loads and unloads PulseAudio loopback modules according to the state of ModemManager voice calls. All of this effort brings us closer to having phone calls work properly.

    Basic investigation and testing of another modem has also been done, in order to evaluate its potential alongside the Gemalto PLS8 modem.

Astra Linux OS gets highest security certificate in Russia

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The Astra Linux Special Edition OS, designed by Russia's Astra Linux, has received the SZI certificate in Russia, reports Cnews.ru. The certificate will let the company use its operating system to work with sensitive documents, including state secrets at the highest security level.

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Also: Winnti's Linux variant discovered bearing ties with Chinese hackers [Ed: This relies on servers that are already cracked. Has roots in Russia, too. It's a Windows 'thing'.]

MX Linux 18.3 Released, Which bringing updated MX applications And an improved MX Manual

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The MX Linux Team has announced the release of MX Linux 18.3.

It’s a minor release of MX Linux 18 series.

This minor release bringing updated MX applications and an improved MX manual. Also, fixed an existing bugs.

Existing users are no need to reinstall. All bug fixes and additions software’s will be pushed through the regular update channel.

MX Linux is a mid weight Desktop oriented Linux operating system based on Debian stable and using core antiX components and featuring a customized Xfce desktop, with additional software created and/or packaged by the MX community.

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Direct: MX 18.3 refreshed isos now available

Chinese Military Will Replace Windows Operating System

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Microsoft

The Chinese regime is getting ready to replace the Windows operating system in its military. The new operating system is independently developed by China, and it would prevent the United States from hacking into China’s military network.

An “Internet Security Information Leadership Group” was established to perform the task of replacing the Windows operating system, according to a report published on May 11 by Canada-based military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence.

The group does not trust the “UNIX” multi-user, multi-stroke operating system either, which is used in some of the servers within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Kanwa reported. Therefore, Chinese authorities ordered to develop an operating system dedicated to the Chinese military.

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Core i9 7980XE GCC 9 AVX Compiler Tuning Performance Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Continuing on with our benchmarks this month of the newly-released GCC 9 compiler, here are some additional numbers for the AVX-512-enabled Intel Core i9 7980XE processor on Ubuntu Linux when testing tuning for various AVX widths.

These latest Intel Core i9 benchmarks of the newly pressed GCC 9 compiler show the performance when running various C/C++ benchmarks after being built with CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS of "-O3 -march=skylake", "-O3 -march=skylake-avx512 -mprefer-vector-width=128", "-O3 -march=skylake-avx512 -mprefer-vector-width=256" and "-O3 -march=skylake-avx512 -mprefer-vector-width=512"

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4 of the Best Video-Editing Software for Linux

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It’s often said that macOS is the best platform for video- and photo-editing, but that isn’t necessarily true. You can edit videos professionally using a PC running Linux, so long as you have the right video-editing software installed.

In most cases, video-editing software for Linux is free to use. That makes it a great platform for budget-focused hobbyists and professionals alike to start cutting up their content. If you want to get started, here are four of the best Linux video editors for you to try.

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