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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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The recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.

At its core is Ubuntu 13.10, but on top of this are desktops Mate and Cinnamon, the latter being the Mint project's homegrown user interface.

Ubuntu gives a stable foundations on whichThe recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.

The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review

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The year 2013 had its own distinct developments, but most of what happened in the last twelve months were continuations of events that were already happening. It was a year of continued development, of trends reaching natural conclusions, rather than of new ones beginning.

Whether you are looking at crowdfunding, games, the continued efforts of Ubuntu or GNOME, women in computing, or the new innovations at open hardware, the impression of 2013 remains the same. You could almost call it 2012, Part 2, except that many of the continuing stories began even earlier.

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Goodbye, Win XP - Hello, Linux?

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Linux may have lost some of its appeal for migrating XP users when Microsoft made concessions in its latest Windows 8.1 release, suggested Norman Rosenthal, principal and owner of Sterling Rose Consulting. "As long as users can continue to click on a button to put a semblance of the Windows 7 Start menu, users will be hesitant to move to another platform that will require them to learn a new interface."

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Fedora Decides On Headless Java, Third-Party Repos

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The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee is back in the season of evaluating features for the next Fedora Linux release.

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10 Linux-Based Robots by Air, Land and Sea

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Eric Brown's sampling of some innovative, new, or newly updated robots ranging from simple kits to a few advanced systems that have yet to leave the laboratory. Click the link, below, to read the full story.

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Activision Is Preventing A Game From Coming To Linux

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A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.

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New GNOME Software Releases Bring Lots of Bugfixes

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GNOME Software 3.11.2 also fixes numerous bugs, including a more subtle updates indicator, notifications are no longer displayed for available updates if the main window is active, the new UTF-8 safe searching functionality is now used in GLib, GSettings can now be used for the compatible desktops, and much more.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta Released

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Red Hat has delivered an early Christmas present for enterprise Linux users out there... Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 is now available!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 joins Tocco Lite in 10 million club

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has taken notes from 10 million wallets. Samsung has announced it has sold 10 million Note 3 phablets in just 60 days -- clearly the new faux-leather styling is a hit.

The original Note was a surprise hit in 2011, as phone fans went nuts for the huge screen and S Pen stylus. Both the original Note and its follow-up the Note 2 also sold over 10 million, but the Note 3 has outstripped both in its rate of sales.

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Linux Mint Xfce 16 RC “Petra” Still Looks Beautiful and Minimalistic, Download Now

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Linux Mint Xfce, a modern, elegant, and comfortable operating system based on Ubuntu and Debian, has just reached version 16 RC.

The Xfce version of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” has finally arrived, shortly after the release of its KDE brethren. It will be some time before the stable version, but at least we have something to test.

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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