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Apricity OS Is Getting a Cinnamon Flavor Soon, Both KDE and Xfce Flavors Delayed

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The developers of the Arch Linux-based Apricity OS computer operating system announced a few minutes ago, January 28, 2016, that the first Beta build of Apricity OS for 2016 is now available for download and ready for testing.

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Remix OS Finally Gets Battery Indicator on Laptops, 32-Bit Edition in the Works

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The Android-x86-based Remix OS was launched a couple of weeks ago to great acclaim, and now it's receiving the first update.

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Fast Times With Nelum OS

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Nelum OS is a light and fast live-installable Linux distribution family offering three separate releases.

"Nelum" means "lotus" in Sinhalese, the language of Sri Lanka, according to developer Ostro Leka.

The distro is a brand-new entry to the land of Linux, with its initial release posted earlier this month. It is an unusual twist on what you usually see with a Linux release.

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How To Choose The Best Linux OS For Your Web Hosting Server

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Many businesses have the need to integrate web hosting into the mix of services they offer. CMS professionals, web developers and designers, eCommerce consultants, and marketing agencies, often find that the best way to integrate web hosting with existing services is not to use an established hosting company’s reseller accounts but to develop a hosting platform over which they have complete control. It’s not as difficult as you might think — if you can handle Linux server administration and choose a good web hosting control panel, all you need is the server.

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Remix OS Now Respects Both GPL and Apache Licenses

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Information about Remix OS and its apparent issue with GPL and Apache surfaced last week, but its developers have taken some steps to correct that issue.

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Remix OS – Android-based OS For Desktop: Extended Review, Video Demonstration and Installation Instruction

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Android is the number one platform in the mobile world: billions devices, hundreds of thousand applications. Can it compete with most popular desktop operating system? Well, this is a hard question: more application is not (or bad) optimized for tablet mode. The idea is not new. In general, now it’s only begin of hard work. Another important thing: popularity is often irrational and slightly depend from quality of software. Time will tell.

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Sailfish OS Lives To Fight Android Another Day As Jolla Secures Series C Funding

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Finnish mobile OS maker Jolla, whose Sailfish platform is one of the few remaining alternatives trying to fight the Android-iOS duopoly, has pulled out of its latest financing death valley by closing a delayed Series C financing round.

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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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