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"Open-Source Windows" ReactOS 0.4 Steps Closer With A Release Candidate

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ReactOS, the open-source operating system aiming for binary compatibility with Windows programs and drivers, is finally closer to its next big release: v0.4.

ReactOS 0.4 has been talked about for more than a year and it's been a while since the last big update, but now it looks like ReactOS 0.4 is on finals with the first release candidate having been pushed out hours ago. If you are anxious for ReactOS 0.4, you can download RC1 right away via SourceForge.

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elementary OS Freya 0.3.2

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elementary OS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. elementary OS Freya 0.3.2, the latest edition, is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty and was released just last week.

elementary OS Freya 0.3.2 is mostly a bugfix release, with a couple of new features. The most notable refinement takes care of issues associated with booting and installation on computers with UEFI firmware and Restricted Boot (more commonly known as Secure Boot).

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Qubes OS will ship pre-installed on Purism’s security-focused Librem 13 laptop

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Qubes OS, the security-focused operating system that Edward Snowden said in November he was “really excited” about, announced this week that laptop maker Purism will ship their privacy-focused Librem 13 notebook with Qubes pre-installed.

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Latest CoreOS Linux Update Patches Five OpenSSL Critical Vulnerabilities

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The developers of the CoreOS Linux operating system, which can be used to create and maintain open-source projects for Linux Containers, have announced the release and immediate availability for download of CoreOS 835.9.0.

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KaOS 2015.11 released.

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KaOS is proud to present the 2015.11 ISO.
The policy is, once a first pacman -Syu becomes a major update, it is time for a new ISO so new users are not faced with a difficult first update. With new builds effecting over half of the KaOS repositories (currently at about 2100), that new ISO is more than due.

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CoreOS Brings Distributed Trusted Computing to Containers

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Tectonic is CoreOS' commercial platform that includes the CoreOS Linux operating system the rkt (rocket) container technology and the Kubernetes container cluster management system. CoreOS first announced Tectonic in April of this year, alongside a $12 million round of funding.

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What happened with Suse Linux Enterprise Server?

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It had been years since I installed Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for development and testing purposes. I recently loaded SLES 12 to port RapidDisk as a precompiled RPM for the distribution and what a disaster that was. What happened to this distribution? Read more here.

Solus Operating System Could Get Full Disk Encryption Soon

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Solus is still getting some pretty cool features, and it looks like developers are preparing to get some sort of disk encryption ready just in time for the launch.

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Solus 1.0 Operating System to Launch Before Christmas

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The Solus operating system is approaching a stable release once more, and it looks like we might be able to boot that elusive 1.0 version before Christmas.

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Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 released

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Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 has been updated with packages from KDE Plasma and KDE Applications.
The desktop is at Plasma 5.4.2 together with KDE Applications 15.08.2 and many more applications and libraries updated to their latest versions.
Firefox with built-in Plasma-support is at 42.0.
Gmusicbrowser and Pidgin now fully integrate into Plasma 5’s new systray.

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