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The Newest Linux Operating Systems and Who Should Try Them

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Linux operating systems (known as “distributions” or “distros”) have constant releases and updates, with some more substantial than others. Updates usually bring minor fixes and tweaks, but occasionally new distro releases or iterations can yield major changes.

Picking the right distro depends on several factors. Whether it’s a fresh release or major update, check out these new Linux operating systems and who should try them.

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How To Break Free From Your Computer Operating System -- If You Dare

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Weary of the "awful" hour-long updates his Windows computer forced him to periodically endure, usually during prime work hours, Farhang recently abandoned his PC operating system. He switched to Linux, an open-source OS.

The result? Linux turned his laptop into a "very good Mac OS clone," he says. And the price was right. He paid nothing for the software.

If you've upgraded your computer during the holidays and also are thinking of upgrading your operating system, you might be tempted to follow Farhang. But it's not an easy path, and it's not for everyone. I know because I just tried to do it.

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Also: Why do you use Linux?

Security OS Kodachi Linux 3.7 Released with Anonymous Wallpapers, Improvements

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After less than two weeks since their end of year announcement, Eagle Eye Digital Solutions have announced the release of a new update of their security-oriented Linux Kodachi operating system, versioned 3.7.

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KaOS Linux Starts the New Year with a Fresh New Look, First ISO for 2017 Arrives

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If you're distro hopping, today's trend for people who can't make a decision in choosing the perfect GNU/Linux distribution for their needs, we recommend taking KaOS for a test drive, an elegant and rolling operating system built from scratch.

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BusyBox 1.26.1 Swiss Army Knife of Linux Hits the Streets as New Stable Series

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When the BusyBox 1.26.0 unstable release launched last month, just before the Christmas holidays, we told you that it would hit the stable channel as soon as the first point release is announced.

And it happened! BusyBox 1.26.1 was unveiled on January 2, 2017, and it's now the newest stable series of the Swiss army knife for embedded systems and GNU/Linux distributions. But don't get too excited because this release is just a formality to inform OS vendors that they can finally update the BusyBox packages, and it looks like it only adds various tweaks to defconfig and addresses issues with single-applet builds.

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Mozilla Firefox and Rust

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  • Tor at the Heart: Firefox

    If you’ve used Tor, you’ve probably used Tor Browser, and if you’ve used Tor Browser you’ve used Firefox. By lines of code, Tor Browser is mostly Firefox -- there are some modifications and some additions, but around 95% of the code in Tor Browser comes from Firefox. The Firefox and Tor Browser teams have collaborated for a long time, but in 2016, we started to take it to the next level, bringing Firefox and Tor Browser closer together than ever before. With closer collaboration, we’re enabling the Tor Browser team to do their jobs more easily, adding more privacy options for Firefox users, and making both browsers more secure.

  • Rust-Based Redox OS Had A Busy Year With Rewriting Its Kernel, Writing A File-System

    Redox OS started development mid-way through last year while this year things really took off for this Rust-written operating system from scratch. The project has provided a recap of all of their OS accomplishments for 2016.

Q4OS vs Zorin OS - The Final Word (and Excel, Outlook, Access etc)

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The whole point of the past month has been to prove that Q4OS can be used as an operating system for the Everyday Linux User.

I believe that it is a perfectly decent distribution and I have no qualms in recommending it to you as a complete replacement for Windows.

It is worth noting though that I used Zorin OS during this month as well and now here is the tricky bit. I think Zorin comes out slightly on top.

There is no doubt that based on performance Q4OS uses less resources and for older computers will probably be better than Zorin. Q4OS is also probably better for people who are used to older versions of Windows such as XP because everything is even named the same. The XPQ4 theme will even make everything feel the same.

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NethServer: Linux without All That Linux Stuff

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Okay, that title really isn't fair. NethServer has all the Linux stuff, it's just that you don't have to interact with it in the traditional way in order to reap the benefits. NethServer is a web-based management software package built on top of CentOS. You can download it as a separate distribution, but truly, it's just software on top of CentOS. In fact, the installationmethods are either "install the NethServer distro" or "add the NethServer repository to your existing CentOS install". I really like that.

The concept behind NethServer isn't a new one. Lots of distributions are designed to simplify managing a server. I've written about ClearOS, Untangle and several others in the past. Plus, you always can just install Webmin on your server and get a "roll your own" web-administered system. The thing I like about NethServer is how well it allows you to configure services while not doing anything proprietary underneath. I think the interface is simple and intuitive as well.

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Sway 0.11 Released

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FreeDOS 1.2

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The official announcement is on our website at www.freedos.org—but since I announced the FreeDOS 1.2 RC1 and RC2 here, I figured I'd make a brief mention on this blog too.

We're very excited for the new FreeDOS 1.2 distribution! We've added lots of new features that you should find useful and interesting.

Thanks to everyone in the FreeDOS Project for their work towards this new release! There are too many of you to recognize individually, but you have all helped enormously. Thank you!

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Also: FreeDOS 1.2 Released With New Installer & More Commands

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