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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 498

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Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The open source community is like a river, always moving, always changing and often shifting in its direction. With that in mind this week we will be talking about open source projects which are embracing change.

Kanotix 2013 CeBIT Surprise

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  • Kanotix 2013 CeBIT Surprise
  • Debian Wheezy Is Imminent
  • Sneak preview II: openSUSE 12.3 for Servers
  • Gentoo Hardened progress meeting of march 2013
  • Elive 2.1.32 Alpha Distro Has a New Focus System
  • Linux Mint is better for those who come from the world of Windows
  • First Skolelinux / Debian Edu Squeeze update released
  • So Long, Pardus-Anka! Welcome, PiSi LinuX!
  • OpenMandriva's Web Development is On a Roll

Debian 6.0.7 at 500Mhz, 256Mb

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inconsolation.wordpress: I had a little extra time today, so I did a ritual backup of my standard Arch Linux framebuffer system, and installed the full Gnome suite. The results were not as disappointing as you might have imagined.

Porteus 2.0 Review – Portable Computing for the indecisive

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linuxuser.co.uk: Portable Linux computing has received an upgrade as the newest Porteus is released, now with an even lighter desktop environment

Some (sad) numbers on how Linux desktop adoption is going

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happyassassin.net: So this doesn’t really surprise me much, as I’ve been saying for a while that the year of Linux on the desktop is never going to come because the desktop is a dead play now, but it is sadly interesting, I think.

This Cheat Sheet Makes Learning Your Way Around Linux Easy

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lifehacker.com: Whether you're experimenting with Linux or making the switch, you'll need to get your bearings. This Linux cheat sheet runs you through common and helpful commands you'll need to know as you get comfortable with the command line.

The secret origins of Google's Chrome OS

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zdnet.com: Many people know that Chrome OS is based on Linux. But where did Google's operating system actually come from -- and what is it made of today? Here's its story.

Linux Lately: openSUSE 12.3, New Distro, OpenMandriva

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ostatic.com: With Ubuntu sucking all the air lately, other distributions can't seem to get mentioned. Well, we can't have that when openSUSE 12.3 is just days away from public release and Jos Poortvliet offers a bit of a peak. Matthias Klumpp is proposing a new distribution and the voting has begun in OpenMandriva's Get a Face contest.

How two volunteers built the Raspberry Pi’s operating system

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arstechnica.com: When you buy a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer doesn't come with an operating system. Loading your operating system of choice onto an SD card and then booting the Pi turns out to be pretty easy. But where do Pi-compatible operating systems come from?

Precise Puppy Is a Fast, Furious Distro

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linuxinsider.com: The latest version of Puppy Linux could easily win best of breed; it's got all the convenience and user-friendliness you would expect from its bloodline, but this Precise Puppy also possesses whippet-like speed.

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