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Linux Wins the Desktop in 2014 and 3 More Bold Predictions

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Linux won, the penguin has achieved world domination, and the usual commentarians completely missed it even after years of predicting it. Because it's not something that happened in a single flashy event, but rather has been the product of years of hard work and steady improvement. 2014 is the year that Linux starts to win the desktop, which is the final Linux frontier. And it is the year of exponential growth in every arena.

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eWEEK at 30: Linux Makes Open Source a Software Industry Force

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eWEEK 30: From a simple hobby project in 1991, Linux evolved to become a core component of the modern digital world and helped make open source software a potent force in the IT industry.

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Intel Celeron, Pentium Haswell HD Graphics On Mesa 10.1-devel

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In several Phoronix articles I've already shared Mesa 10.1-devel benchmarks of this latest open-source graphics driver code currently under development. Most of the open-source graphics tests at Phoronix are done on higher-end hardware, so for this article we're checking on the latest open-source graphics performance when using the low-end Celeron and Pentium processors of the Haswell generation.

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Raspberry Pi: Hands On with Arch Linux and Pidora

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In the first post about my new Raspberry Pi, I explored about NOOBS (the New Out Of Box Software package) and Raspbian, the Debian GNU/Linux spin customised for the Pi.

This time I want to take a look at the other two general-purpose Linux distributions which have been customised and packaged for the Pi, Arch Linux ARM and Pidora.

First I will start by reviewing the NOOBS boot/installation process. After downloading the NOOBS package, which is a ZIP file, you simply have to extract the contents to a blank SD card of at least 4GB in size.

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Previewing Canonical's New Icons for Ubuntu Linux

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We spend all day clicking, poking or swiping computer icons, yet most of us rarely think about them. The Ubuntu Linux design team, however, has been busy in recent weeks rethinking the icons in the popular open source operating system, and has unveiled a set of new designs with an eye toward compatibility with both PCs and mobile platforms.

Ubuntu developers usually tweak the artwork and visual themes of the operating system a little bit for each twice-yearly release. The platform's look hasn't changed radically, however, since Canonical abandoned the orange-brown "Human" theme of Ubuntu's early days back in 2010.

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Not Quite Off Topic: Switch to Linux/Ubuntu

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With great glee, I am now running Linux Ubuntu on all my computers as my operating system, forever replacing Windows. This very blog post is infused with Linux goodness. Smell it. Smell it. Yes, put your nose to the screen and sniff– smells like victory.

With this move here at Chaos Manor, there are no Microsoft products in my home. None. OK, OK, anyone who enjoys tech stuff is already tired of Linux fanboys, a species that can be just as creepy (but often not as well dressed) as Apple jihadis. Computers are a tool to get stuff done people, not an stage on which you become a tool. Deal with that. Sleeping on a sidewalk to buy something makes you a sad, lonely person. Most people who sleep on sidewalks don’t have a home, think about that. So, I do not want to be seen as some weird dude in a basement somewhere obsessing about something as pointless in the Big Scheme as a freaking computer operating system. It takes the lotion and initializes its USB ports…

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GNU/Linux Has Taken Over the Industry; Latest FUD is Denying That Something is ‘True’ GNU/Linux

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GNU/Linux, especially as a type of advocacy magnet, is sort of passé because it is now a mainstream, highly-recognised entity with billions of dollars spent on it by corporations which rebrand it (e.g. Android, SteamOS). But advocacy of GNU/Linux is not dead. It’s just less necessary than before.

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As GNU and Linux Become Dominant Platforms They Need Not Follow Microsoft With UEFI

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Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu Linux on track for full convergence before Microsoft [2], but why is he following Microsoft’s ‘lead’ (in antifeatures)? This is not necessary. He would be better off joining antitrust complaints. Shuttleworth is correct in pointing out that we’re moving towards mobile and servers (pundits agree with him [3] and so do sales numbers [3-6], which demonstrate Linux domination [7]).

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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GrSecurity Continues Hardening The Linux Kernel

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The launch of the SteamOS 1.0 Beta and the continued Linux graphics improvements and new hardware were among the most exciting content on Phoronix for December 2013.

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ARM boosts Big.Little with DynamIQ, and launches Linux dev kit

ARM unveiled a more flexible version of its Big.Little multi-core scheme called DynamIQ, and launched an Embedded Linux Education Kit based on the Udoo Neo. ARM Ltd. announced a more advanced version of its Big.Little heterogeneous multi-processing technology for balancing core loads on multi-core Cortex-A SoCs. The new DynamIQ multi-core scheme enables more flexible core configurations that were not possible with Big.Little, says ARM. Meanwhile, ARM’s educational unit released a new ARM Embedded Linux Education Kit based on the i.MX6 SoloX based Udoo Neo hacker SBC (see farther below). Read more

Four Things a New Linux User Should Know

If you’re making the move from Windows or Mac (or even from Android or iOS), welcome to our world. These days, using Linux for doing everyday computer tasks isn’t that much different than using other operating systems — meaning the learning curve is only slight. In fact, my colleague Phil Shapiro works at a library that uses Linux on the computers its patrons use and says that hardly anyone even notices they’re not using Windows. It’s that easy. Read more

Arch Linux-Based ArchEX Has Linux Kernel 4.10.5, Yaourt, and Calamares Installer

Arne Exton announced today the release of a new build of his Arch Linux-based ArchEX GNU/Linux distribution built around the lightweight LXQt desktop environment. Read more

DragonFly BSD 4.8 Released with EFI & eMMC Support, Improved Kernel Performance

The developers of the DragonFly BSD operating system were proud to announce today, March 27, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of DragonFly BSD 4.8. Read more Also: DragonFlyBSD 4.8 Released With Performance Improvements, EFI Support & More DragonFly BSD 4.8