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Will Windows 8 really push more people towards Linux?

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linuxinstall.net: I am sitting here getting my car worked on this morning so I figured I would actually write about something I have been reading more and more about lately. The fact that Windows 8 is so horrible with its new "Metro" interface, that people are going to start flocking to Linux in huge droves.

Long-Term Review: Linux Mint 13 LTS "Maya" Xfce

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dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: If you've read my very recent review of Linux Mint 13 LTS "Maya" Xfce, you'll know how pleased I was with it. Given that my latest long-term review of Kubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" just ended, I needed something new, so this was going to be it. Follow me to see what this is like over the course of 7-10 days.

Could this be the year of the Linux desktop?

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extremetech.com: In the 21 years or so since its inception, Linux has gained some amazing enthusiast street cred, but failed time and again to enter the mainstream. This year, however, may afford it an opportunity it’s never had before: to gain the momentum necessary to join the big boys in the operating system world.

Linux Desktops Dominate at Black Hat

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internetnews.com: There are some people that don't believe the Linux Desktop is relevant. I'm not one of them and apparently neither are hordes of security professionals that were at the recent Black Hat security conference.

Debian Project News - July 29th

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debian.org: Welcome to this year's fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 467

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Book review: Ubuntu Made Easy
  • News: Debian 8.0 "Jessie", OpenBSD on Secure Boot; DragonFly BSD live options; Fedora "Rawhide" status; Oracle Linux overview, interview with Mageia's Claire Robinson
  • Questions and Answers: Changing desktop background from command line
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Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'

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  • Valve, Linux and the Windows 8 'Catastrophe'
  • Fresh eyes on Linux

Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors'

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  • Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors' to open source for working with Microsoft
  • Installing Linux on Windows 8 PCs: No easy answers
  • Red Hat, Canonical accused of being traitors to the open sauce cause

Why Linux will never rule on the desktop

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marcelgommans.wordpress: A good IRC-friend of mine recently announced he had decided to start using Windows on his desktop again, after being a Linux fan since the early nineties.

AntiX 12: Most complete lightweight Linux distro I have seen!

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mylinuxexplore.blogspot: Linux never ceases to amaze me - particularly the light-weight distros aimed for low powered PCs! I came across the latest release of AntiX in distrowatch. I have never used AntiX before and surely I am amazed with what I saw.

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