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6 More Great Linux Operating Systems For Netbooks

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The key to a good netbook operating system is that it needs to fully utilise its resources. Memory usage has to be kept to a minimum when running idle. The screen is smaller so you need to have a very intuitive navigation system that doesn’t clutter the screen.

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Linux 3.13-rc8 released; final most likely to release next week

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Linus Torvalds has released Linux 3.13-rc8 as anticipated, while revealing that the final release should most probably happen next week.

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Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Cinnamon, KDE and MATE review

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Linux Mint 16, code-named Petra, is the latest edition of the popular desktop edition that is based on Ubuntu Desktop.

This edition is different from Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), which is also from the Linux Mint project, but is based on Debian, not Ubuntu.

The Linux Mint line of this distribution has support for the Cinnamon, KDE, MATE and Xfce desktop environments. The Cinnamon edition, which is the main edition, is typically released before the others, but as at the time of writing this review, installation images for all four desktop environments have been released.

This article presents a review of the Cinnamon, KDE and MATE desktops, starting with aspects that are common to all three.

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EPEL 7 Development

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The things to note at this point in time. epel7 is working like rawhide with daily automated composes, we will endevour to sign all packages but as with any disjointed process there could be packages missed.

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Possible Features For The Linux 3.14 Kernel

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We're finally nearing the end of the Linux 3.13 development cycle and while this kernel delivers on many exciting improvements, we already can't wait to start talking more about the Linux 3.14 kernel with the continuous evolution of open-source software.

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Android eyewear offers virtual, augmented reality

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Epson unveiled its Epson Moverio BT-100 eyewear computer concept back in February of last year to rather unsparing reviews, but at CES it demonstrated a lighter new BT-200 model that moves from Android 2.2 to Android 4.0. It’s now available for pre-order for $700, with a limited quantity available for shipment in March. The device was a 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards honoree in the Wearable Technologies category.

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 Officially Arrives on February 6

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Canonical has confirmed that the next point release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will be available on February 6.

The company has postponed by two weeks the release of the fourth maintenance build, but now the release date has been confirmed and set in stone.

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Open-source competition for Android, iOS

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The open source offering called Tizen, based on the Linux operating system, is expected to be installed on telephones sold from the end of March, NTT Docomo spokesman Jun Otori told AFP.

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Siduction 2013.2 review

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So the first distribution review of 2014 turns out to be that of a Linux distribution that I’ve never published any article about, one that I’ve never actually used.

And that distribution is Siduction, a desktop distribution based on Debian Unstable branch. The latest release – Siduction 2013.2, features 32- and 64-bit variants of five desktop distributions – GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE, Razor-Qt and Xfce. To see what it has to offer, I wanted to install all five editions, but after a bad experience with the installer, I stopped after managing to install the KDE and GNOME 3 editions.

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Huawei Unveils Android-Based Tron Game Console

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Huawei is set to enter the console wars with its own Android-based mini-console. The Chinese company unveiled the "Tron" this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and it could hit the market in May for a mere $120 or less.

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