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Peppermint Five Is a Very Light and Interesting OS Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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This latest iteration of Peppermint was released a year ago and, back then, it was using Ubuntu 13.04. The developers have moved up from that version and they are now using Ubuntu 14.04, which is the latest LTS released by Canonical.

Future Peppermint users will benefit from this decision made by the developers because it means that the support period for the OS will most likely coincide with the one for Ubuntu, which is five years.

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elementary OS Changes Its Codename from Isis to Freya

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Many users have raised this issue in the last few weeks and the elementary OS developers were forced to abandon the Isis codename in order to make sure that people don't make any connections.

“elementary obviously has no ties to the militant group known as ISIS - and we don't think people will get us confused - but we want to both recognize the ongoing turmoil and choose a less controversial name. Freya is a Norse goddess of love and beauty. As we push our design forward, a goddess associated with beauty makes a lot of sense. And evoking the powerful emotion of love is always a good thing!" said the devs on their Google+ account.

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SymplyOS Leaf Is a Light and Interesting Distro Based on openSUSE

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SUSE

There are so many Linux distributions in the world that sometimes it's difficult to keep track of each and every one of them. Despite what people might think about Linux distros, the truth is that most of them are actually uninteresting and of sub-par quality.

People are used to the quality of systems like Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, or openSUSE, but not all distros have been created equal. In fact, users wouldn't install such distros because they simply lack a team with the manpower to make the operating system interesting.

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Tizen SDK Live DVD updated to Lubuntu 14.04

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The unofficial Tizen SDK Live DVD has now been updated to the latest version of lubuntu 14.04, and you can download the ISO image now.

This is a all in one integrated Lubuntu ISO Image. This images has the full Tizen SDK 2.2.1 installation at the /opt directory. You can try it as a live CD or you can install the operating system (Tizen SDK included). Please read Prerequisites for the Tizen SDK first.

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An open-source robotics OS is moving from the lab to farms and even into space

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They’re routine activities for people, but this was a Willow Garage PR2 alpha robot. By navigating through eight doors and using nine outlets, it notched an important milestone—using the Robot Operating System (ROS) to accomplish its complex mission.

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Backup and Recovery OS Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-17 Now Available for Download

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Linux

The Clonezilla team released a new development version for their Linux distro with just a small update for the Debian base and a couple of changes.

“The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of June 2, 2014,” reads the official announcement.

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Out in the Open: The Little-Known Open Source OS That Rules the Internet of Things

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Badgers spend a lot of time underground, which make it difficult for biologists and zoologists to track their whereabouts and activities. GPS, for example, doesn’t work well underground or in enclosed areas. But about five years ago, University of Oxford researchers Andrew Markham and Niki Trigoni solved that problem by inventing a wireless tracking system that can work underground. Their system is clever, but they didn’t do it alone. Like many other scientists, they turned to open source to avoid having to rebuild fundamental components from scratch. One building block they used is an open source operating system called Contiki.

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WebOS is back in one million living rooms

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LG is today congratulating itself on selling one million of its webOS smart TVs. After announcing the new Smart+ TVs at CES in January, the Korean manufacturer released a range of models in March, and took just under four months to hit today's milestone. It's now predicting it will sell 10 million by "the first half of 2015."

"Rather than continuing to add more and more functions into our smart TVs that few people will ever use," says LG's head of TV In-kyu Lee, "we've decided to focus on simplicity ... consumers seem to share our view that this is the right direction for the evolution of smart TVs going forward." The new models are still in the process of being rolled out globally, and LG says webOS TVs will be in over 150 markets by the end of June. It's also planning to bring more "LG Smart+ TV Experience Zones" to retail outlets in order to better promote the range.

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Sphere 1.4 Is an Icon Pack for People Who Don't Like Flat Operating Systems

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The Sphere icon pack is made by Achim Karsch and features over 24.000 icons for the operating system, covering pretty much all the known applications out there.

“I really wanted to create another theme, but over the time I'm coming back to my old design Sphere. The most icons, you find in the web, are regtangled designed, looks like iOS design. I want to create something else, something special for linux systems. I think the sphere design looks good and is a opportunity for all those other icons out there.”

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Release notes for the Genode OS Framework 14.05

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With Genode version 14.05, we address two problems that are fundamental for the scalability of the framework. The first problem is the way how Genode interoperates with existing software. A new concept for integrating 3rd-party source code with the framework makes the porting and use of software that is maintained outside the Genode source tree easier and more robust than ever. The rationale and the new concept are explained in Section Management of ported 3rd-party source code. The second problem is concerned about how programs that are built atop a C runtime (as is the case for most 3rd-party software) interact with the Genode world. Section Per-process virtual file systems describes how we consolidated many special-purpose solutions into one coherent design of using process-local virtual file systems.

In line with our road map, we put forward our storage-related agenda by enabling the use of NetBSD's cryptographic device driver (CGD) on Genode. Thereby, we continue our engagement with the rump kernel that we started to embrace with version 14.02. Section Block-level encryption using CGD explains the use of CGD as a Genode component.

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