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Linus Torvalds finds GNOME 3.4 to be a "total user experience design failure"

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Software

zdnet.com: I only dislike the latest version of the GNOME Linux desktop, Linus Torvalds, Linux’s primary inventor, hates it.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 459

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: First impressions of Mageia 2
  • News: Fedora updates, preparing for secure boot, Debian on Raspberry Pi
  • Questions and Answers: Improving software performance
  • Released last week: Fedora 17, Caixa Mágica 18, Grml 2012.05

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

Significant improvements coming in Linux 3.5

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h-online.com: Linus Torvalds published the first Linux 3.5 release candidate on Saturday night, although the official release email wasn't sent until Sunday afternoon.

Limbo On Linux Incites Humble Bundle Petition

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Gaming

zcint.co.uk: Over a hundred Linux gamers have signed a petition against the inclusion of non-native games in the popular Humble Bundle compilation in response to the appearance of LIMBO in the fifth such bundle.

also: The raw truth about Linux game ports

Fedora 17 Review

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  • Detailed Fedora 17 Review
  • Fedora 17 Enterprise Preview
  • Fedora 17 – Install Codecs, Drivers And Fonts In Under 5 Minutes!
  • "Fedora Utils" Adds Fedora 17 Support

Linux Mint 13 OEM released!

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  • Linux Mint 13 OEM released!
  • Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon Review

Mint 13 Reviews Roundup & Commentary

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linuxmint.com: Reviews give us a lot of feedback and we pay special attention to them. They boost our motivation when talking about the good and help us pinpoint areas of improvement when talking about the bad.

Mageia desktop background causes foreground headache

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h-online.com: The Mageia developers are replacing the background image in Mageia 2 after discovering that they did not have permission to include it. Mageia 2 was released just over a week ago.

Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

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Microsoft

slashdot.org: "Fedora is going to pay Microsoft to let them distribute a PC operating system. Microsoft is about to move from effectively owning the PC hardware platform to literally owning it.

Dedoimedo: I don't believe in being idle or wasting time

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Interviews
Web

darkduck.com: Linux part of Blogosphere is big. There are different people, different blogs. Some of them die, like it was with K.Mandla’s, some continue to grow. Today’s guest in my interview room is one of the most mysterious bloggers in the Linux world. Let’s talk with Dedoimedo.

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I've been Linuxing since before you were born

Once upon a time, there was no Linux. No, really! It did not exist. It was not like today, with Linux everywhere. There were multiple flavors of Unix, there was Apple, and there was Microsoft Windows. When it comes to Windows, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite adding 20+ gigabytes of gosh-knows-what, Windows is mostly the same. (Except you can't drop to a DOS prompt to get actual work done.) Hey, who remembers Gorilla.bas, the exploding banana game that came in DOS? Fun times! The Internet never forgets, and you can play a Flash version on Kongregate.com. Apple changed, evolving from a friendly system that encouraged hacking to a sleek, sealed box that you are not supposed to open, and that dictates what hardware interfaces you are allowed to use. 1998: no more floppy disk. 2012: no more optical drive. The 12-inch MacBook has only a single USB Type-C port that supplies power, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, external storage, video output, and accessories. If you want to plug in more than one thing at a time and don't want to tote a herd of dongles and adapters around with you, too bad. Next up: The headphone jack. Yes, the one remaining non-proprietary standard hardware port in Apple-land is doomed. Read more