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People behind Debian: Ben Hutchings, member of the kernel team

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raphaelhertzog.com: Ben Hutchings is a rather unassuming guy… but hiding behind his hat, there’s a real kernel hacker who backports new drivers for the kernel in Debian stable so that our flagship release supports very recent hardware.

Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012

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linuxinsider.com: Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software. Looking at the coming year for Linux, these are the key areas to watch:

New Features Approved For Fedora 17

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phoronix.com: There was a FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) meeting held today where several new features were approved for the Fedora 17 feature list.

CentOS turns 6.1, still trails Red Hat by a lap

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linuxfordevices.com: CentOS 6.1 has arrived to bring the features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 to those who can live without a Red Hat subscription. CentOS 6.1 offers almost all the non-proprietary portions of RHEL 6.1.

Whatever Happened To… gOS?

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omgubuntu.co.uk: Hands up if you remember gOS? gOS was a green-coloured Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that made a splash during early 2008 when it became the default OS on a line of PCs, laptops and netbooks from computer manufacturer Everex.

2011: A year full of right and wrong for Linux

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techrepublic.com: Jack Wallen reflects on the high and low points for Linux in 2011. Do you agree with his take on the year that was not so great for the Linux operating system?

Three greatest in Linux

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  • Three greatest failures in Linux world 2011
  • Three greatest successes in Linux world 2011

Will Linux’s Hardware Requirements Stifle Its Acceptance?

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thevarguy.com: Linux’s ability to run on old or budget hardware has long been a popular talking point among free software advocates. Yet in recent years, the system requirements of mainstream desktop Linux distributions have been skyrocketing.

Judge Dismisses PlayStation 3 'Other OS' Removal Class Action Suit

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gamasutra.com: A federal judge has dismissed all of the counts brought against Sony in a class action suit over the disabling of PlayStation 3's "Other OS" feature last year.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 435

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Puppy Linux 5.3 "Slacko"
  • News: Fedora 17 feature list, openSUSE 12.1 with KDE 3, Ubuntu on TV, remembering gOS, end of life for Red Hat 4 and Debian 5.0
  • Statistics: Estimating desktop environment share
  • Upcoming releases: Mageia 2 Alpha 2
  • Released last week: CentOS 6.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, Ultimate Edition 3.0
  • New distributions: Petite Linux
  • Reader comments

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

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