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10 Reasons to Switch to Linux in 2012

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pcworld.com: The past year was a tempestuous one in the world of desktop operating systems, it seems fair to say, with big changes occurring in just about all of the major contenders.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 437

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: An enlightening experience - Bodhi Linux 1.3.0
  • News: Bodhi release plans, Deepin Software Centre, Linux Mint's Cinnamon, Pardus "restructuring", end of LinEx, SELinux tips, overview of Clonezilla
  • Statistics: Page Hit Ranking in 2010 and 2011
  • Questions and answers: Creating ISO images
  • Released last week: Dreamlinux 5, ExTiX 9, Linux Deepin 11.12, Netrunner 4.0, Calculate Linux 11.12
  • New additions: ROSA, siduction

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

The Linuxification of software development

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itworld.com: Just before the start of my holiday vacation, I went ahead and updated my old Froyo Android phone to the new Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich, promptly becoming a statistic in a new trend: buying new hardware to update software.

Sincere Concerns for Linux at Home

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pclinuxos2007.blogspot: 2012 is a few hours away. Thankfully, no one is claiming that "Year of the Linux Desktop" anymore across OSS fora or other social media on the web.

OpenSUSE 12.1 vs Fedora 16

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  • Comparison OpenSUSE 12.1 vs Fedora 16
  • openSUSE 12.1 – Great Release
  • openSUSE 12.1 Reveiew

The Year in Review: Desktop Linux Developments in 2011

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thevarguy.com: The “year in review” pieces that proliferate old and new media alike around this time of year get tedious pretty fast. But because I’ve yet to see a good compilation of the major developments — and there were plenty of them — that affected desktop Linux in 2011, I couldn’t think of any better topic for my last post of the month.

Interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation, Part II

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computerworlduk.com: Given Zemlin's unique perspective as someone at the heart of the open source community (see Part I of this interview), I was keen to hear his views on why he thought Linux was becoming so successful in the embedded sector. His analysis was interesting:

Chakra and Pinguy OS find spots in the top 25 fastest growing projects

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ubuntumanual.org: GNU/Linux distros Chakra and Pinguy feature in the Top 25 fastest growing projects compiled by SourceForge. So find out who else features in the list...

TechSource’s Top 10 Linux Distributions of 2011

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junauza.com: As we say goodbye to a momentous 2011, it’s time to reflect on some of the big happenings in the FOSS world. Thus, having witnessed what is perhaps the best ‘distro war’ ever, it’s time to showcase the winners.

The Linux top 10 hit parade

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mybroadband.co.za: Picking the top ten Linux distributions is a tricky business. Here’s our choice.

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Leftovers: KDE

  • KDE's Project Neon Begins Publishing Daily Wayland Images
    KDE -- KDE's Project Neon has begun publishing daily images of the latest KDE Plasma stack powered atop Wayland rather than the X.Org Server. Jonathan Riddell passed along word that daily ISOs are now being spun of the freshest KDE development code with KWin acting as a Wayland compositor. The OS base is still Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
  • The Qt Company's Qt Start-Up
    The Qt Company is proud to offer a new version of the Qt for Application Development package called Qt Start-Up, the company's C++-based framework of libraries and tools that enables the development of powerful, interactive and cross-platform applications and devices. Now used by around one million developers worldwide, the Qt Company seeks to expand its user base by targeting smaller enterprises.

Linux 4.5.3

I'm announcing the release of the 4.5.3 kernel. All users of the 4.5 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.5.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.5.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... thanks, greg k-h Read more Also: Linux 4.4.9 Linux 3.14.68

Open source near ubiquitous in IoT, report finds

Open source is increasingly standard operating procedure in software, but nowhere is this more true than Internet of Things development. According to a new VisionMobile survey of 3,700 IoT developers, 91% of respondents use open source software in at least one area of their software stack. This is good news for IoT because only open source promises to reduce or eliminate the potential for lock-in imposed by proprietary “standards.” What’s perhaps most interesting in this affection for open source, however, is that even as enterprise developers have eschewed the politics of open source licensing, IoT developers seem to favor open source because “it’s free as in freedom.” Read more

Ubuntu 16.04 – My Experience so Far and Customization

While I earnestly anticipated the release of Unity 8 with Xenial Xerus (after watching a couple of videos that showcased its function), I was utterly disappointed that Canonical was going to further push its release — even though it was originally meant to debut with Ubuntu 14.04. Back to the point at hand, I immediately went ahead and installed Unity Tweak Tool, moved my dash to the bottom (very important) and then proceeded to replace Nautilus with the extensive Nemo file manager which is native to Linux Mint and by far superior to the former (my opinion). Read more