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DataWind PocketSurfer GZ smartphone with Linux OS launched at Rs 1,499

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DataWind has launched its PocketSurfer GZ smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 1,499, the handset is powered by Linux operating system. DataWind has partnered with Reliance Communications for the device. Consequently, the PocketSurfer GZ comes bundled with RCom's offerings which will enable users to enjoy free internet access for a year.

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Solus Upgraded to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7

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Solus developer Joshua Strobl proudly announced the 33rd installation of Solus Project's This Week in Solus weekly newsletter to inform the community about the latest technologies and software releases implemented in the OS.

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blackPanther OS 16.1 "Silent Killer" Arrives After a Year with Linux Kernel 4.7

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It has been more than a year since we last heard something from the development team of the blackPanther OS GNU/Linux distribution, who had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the release of blackPanther OS 16.1.

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Gorgeous Apricity OS Gets Its First Stable Release, Based on Arch Linux

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Apricity OS maintainer Alex Gajewski has proudly informed Softpedia about the availability of the first stable release of his gorgeous Arch Linux-based computer operating system.

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Exton|OS Light Now Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, but Powered by Linux Kernel 4.6

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has released a new version of his Ubuntu-based Exton|OS operating system, build 160728. The Exton|OS Light edition has been updated, which uses the Openbox window manager.

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Understanding the difference: Linux rolling releases versus point releases

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That's it for now. As I said the last time I wrote about KaOS, if you are looking for a smaller Linux distribution, and KDE Plasma is your desktop of choice, and you don't mind using QupZilla instead of Firefox or Chrome (or you don't mind installing your browser of choice from the KaOS repositories), and you don't mind using Calligra instead of LibreOffice (or you don't mind installing LibreOffice), then KaOS is definitely worth a try. It's a good distribution and it just keeps getting better and better. The KaOS developers have shown an admirable ability to maintain their focus on what they originally said they wanted to do.

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Homegrown Budgie Desktop Shows Off the Beauty - and Beastliness - of Solus Simplicity

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The Budgie desktop -- and thus Solus itself -- lacks the glitz and glitter found in more seasoned desktop environments. Animation is nonexistent. It also lacks any right-click menu finesse other than the ability to change background or settings.

The Solus Project's distro is very user-friendly, but experienced Linux users will need more optimized software and desktop functionality in the next release to be tempted to give up more advanced desktop flavors.

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KaOS 2016.07 Adds KDE Plasma 5.7.2 and Linux Kernel 4.6, July's Software Updates

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The KaOS development team proudly announced the release of the KaOS 2016.07 ISO refresh for the month of July, bringing all the goodies that have been pushed to the main software repositories of the rolling release operating system since June 2016.

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Cyanogen OS vs Android: what’s the difference?

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It may have started as Google’s obligatory answer to the iPhone, but Android has grown into a much-beloved operating system that’s currently used by over 107 million people in the U.S. alone and almost one-and-a-half billion worldwide. Much of what makes Android special also distinguishes it from competitors: its power, versatility, and customizability.

But this isn’t a love ode to Google’s popular software. Instead, we’re going to discuss some of the key differences between Google’s Android and Cyanogen OS, a modified, third-party version of Android that brings added features and gives users additional control over their devices. So let’s jump right in.

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Q4OS 1.6, Orion

The significant Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' release receives the most recent Trinity R14.0.3 stable version. Trinity R14.0.3 is the third maintenance release of the R14 series, it is intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability. The complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website. New Q4OS 1.6 release includes set of new features and fixes. The default desktop look has been slightly changed, Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu and taskbar has been polished a bit and has got a few enhancements, for example the icons size varies proportionally to the system panel. Native Desktop profiler tool has got new, optimized 'software to install' list. Read more

Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop. Collabora developer Gustavo Padovan presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 conference about explicit fencing support in the mainline kernel with a "new era of graphics." Read more

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