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Hardening the Linux desktop

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Although GNU/Linux® has the reputation of being a much more secure operating system than Windows,® you still need to secure the Linux desktop. This article steps you through installing antivirus software, creating a backup and restore plan, and using a firewall so you can harden your Linux desktop against most attacks and prevent unauthorized access to your computer.

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Ryman (Large UK Chain) Switches to GNU/Linux on Desktops

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Earlier today I went to Ryman, which a well established and widely known stationery shops chain in the UK, in order to get special prints. I was greeted by a young woman standing in front of a machine with Ubuntu GNU/Linux (version 12.04 by the looks of it) and lots of Free software like LibreOffice 3. She explained to me that the company switched to that for security reasons, after an infection had spread through the whole company.

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(GNOME) Videos is here!

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It's been some time in the making, with the redesign work started a couple of release cycles ago, but we finally reached a state where it's usable, and leaps and bounds easier to use than the previous versions.

I should note that I use Totem and Videos interchangeably, Totem is still the name of the project, code repository, but the user-visible name is Videos (or GNOME Videos if differentiation is necessary).

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Manjaro vs. Ubuntu vs. Fedora vs. OpenSUSE Benchmarks

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The latest Linux distribution benchmarks to share at Phoronix are a comparison of Manjaro Linux 0.8.8, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development state, openSUSE 13.1, and Fedora 20. All tests were done from an Intel Core i5 4670 Haswell system to look at the current state of various Linux distributions when it comes to various areas of open-source performance.

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Should Linux look like Windows?

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The real question here though is: Should Linux look more like Windows? My initial thought is no, it certainly should not look like Windows. After all, one of the big attractions of using Linux is to get away from Windows. Who wants to be reminded of an operating system that they just dumped because they didn't want to use it any more?

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Geeksphone Revolution specs revealed

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Spain-based Geeksphone tipped the Revolution the last week of December, revealing the major specs and the fact that it would support both Android and Firefox OS. An image was leaked in mid-January, followed by more informally revealed specs last week. Now, Geeksphone has finally posted full specs. Pre-sales are said to begin soon for a ship date beginning Feb. 14, starting at just above 200 Euros ($270). The ship date, however, may apply to unfulfilled pre-orders for the earlier, now discontinued Peak+ phone.

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Mageia 4 Linux Desktop Distro Delivers Improved Performance, Features

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The Mageia Linux distribution was updated to version 4.0 on Feb. 1 and provides users with improved performance and new features. From a historical perspective, Mageia is a Linux distribution that was born back in 2010 as a fork of the Mandriva Linux. Since then, the project has developed its own culture and its own brand as it has evolved. On the desktop side, KDE is the default choice although users can easily select Gnome, XFCE, Mate and Cinnamon Linux desktops.

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OpenDaylight Summit: SDN Needs Open Source and Open Standards

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"A world without open source would be a pretty grim world," Zemlin said. "85 percent of the world's stock exchanges would shut down, you wouldn't have any friends - Facebook runs on Linux, and you'd have to go the bookstore to buy books, since Amazon runs on Linux."

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5 Reasons Why PCLinuxOS Is Better For Windows XP Users Than Ubuntu

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This is not an attempt to disparage Ubuntu as it is a very good operating system and I would recommend it to most people. It is definitely a better step forward for Windows 7 users than Windows 8 would be.

PCLinuxOS however is probably a better fit for people using older versions of the Windows operating system.

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Tux3 Still Has Some Bugs Before Being Mainlined

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Daniel Phillips, a lead Tux3 developer, wrote to the kernel mailing list on Monday and acknowledged that it's been a long time coming for Tux3... We covered Tux3 back in 2008 as the Tux2 successor that was never merged due to licensing issues and then it had been quite some time without any news on Tux3, until it was resurrected in early 2013.

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