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Blame FUD for Microsoft’s Dominance in Schools

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At that time, the last thing we worried about was spending a couple of hundred dollars on software. I probably had $200 in the spare change jar in the library. We lived in a big house, with a comfortable six figure income. Life was good. A purchase like this wasn’t anything to worry about. It wasn’t the cash outlay that bothered me. It was the fact that a public school was requesting we purchase a specific brand of software.

Having been a Linux user for a number of years, I knew there were other options and I made it a point to talk with someone at the school. How many people with minimal incomes were being asked to shell out this kind of money when other options were available? How many of our tax dollars were being spent on software that was completely unnecessary?

I am no stranger to the Austin Independent School District. Unfortunately, my claim to fame and the events that led to said infamy are well known. It’s a shame that it had to happen the way it did but again…split second decisions and all that…

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Firefox OS gains Foxconn dev tablet

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Mozilla unveiled the first Firefox OS tablet, a Foxconn “InFocus F1″ developers model with a quad-core Allwinner A31 and a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS screen.

The world’s first tablet to run the open source Linux based Firefox OS was informally unveiled by Mozilla developer Asa Dotzler on his eponymous blog site. Dotzler posted some basic specs in the announcement, picked up first by Liliputing, as well as a screenshot photo of the tablet.

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Pistol-grip barcode scanners run Yocto Linux

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Janam has added Yocto Linux support to its XG100 and XG105 barcode scanners, which offer Honeywell Adaptus and Motorola SE865 imagers, respectively.

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7 Best Ubuntu Games

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What we’ve prepared today is a compilation of best Ubuntu games. We’ve already shown you some of the finest titles available for Mac and Windows and now, it’s time to give the Linux distro in question some love. From casual releases to titles offering intensive gameplay, this roster places itself as an essential set of games you should own. Expect to find a lot of popular names from well-known developers on this list.

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Major setbacks for two new smartphone OSs, Tizen and Ubuntu Touch

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Will 2014 be the year when scrappy new challengers take on the might of Android and iOS? Never say never, but the challenge won’t come from Tizen nor Ubuntu Touch.

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Chinese government shows off its own Linux-based operating system

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The OS clearly mimics the Linux-based Google Android operating system, which is extremely popular on smartphones and tablets.

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Road to GNOME 3.12 : Overview of GNOME 3.11.4

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Most Linux distros bundle GNOME desktop environment (DE) with even minor version numbers (3.8.x, 3.10.x). Like Fedora was released with GNOME 3.10.3. The version 3.11.2 was available in November but it was not bundled .The reason behind it is that GNOME takes a different approach to their software releases. The odd minor versions (3.9, 3.11) of GNOME are development versions of the subsequent even versions (3.10, 3.12). So the .11 version is roughly an alpha version of the .12 branch.

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Is 2014 the year you play with the penguin?

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If you've never tried Linux or are looking for a new distro to try then check out Linux.com's top 7 distro list for 2014. If beauty is what you seek then Bodhi is a good choice as it has modified the Enlightenment window manager into something a little more manageable. For Ubuntu users there are two variants you could try, Xubuntu for desktops and Lubuntu for older less powerful laptops. For the security conscious there is TAILS, which automatically routes traffic through TOR and constantly deletes any tracking info from local storage as well as being specifically designed to run from a bootable USB drive. For the geeky parents out there, or for those looking for a very simple to understand distro is DouDou. It comes preloaded with an array of childrens learning software and Dan's Guardian to somewhat limit internet sites of a nature unsuited for the very young.

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Intel vs. AMD Performance-Per-Watt On Ubuntu 14.04 Linux

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To complement the many Intel vs. AMD CPU/APU Linux benchmarks published earlier this week as part of our AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU coverage, here's some results mostly examining the performance-per-Watt and overall system power consumption of the many different Intel and AMD processors running Ubuntu Linux.

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Linux Graphics News

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2013 has been a dramatic and controversial year for graphics in Linux, yet actual changes to the overall graphics stack have so far been more incremental than revolutionary. But with us closing in on several Linux distributions' Long-Term Support releases this is to be expected, as stability weighs stronger than novelty among consumers of these products. This next summer may be a safer window for distros to undertake major transitions; we should expect to see major graphics system transitions in desktop distros at that point. The landing of XWayland support in the X server can be seen as an early indicator of a Wayland desktop future, since it's a crucial prerequisite.

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