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VirtIO & Xen Changes For Linux 3.19 Kernel

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The VirtIO changes for Linux 3.19 include infrastructure changes for providing VirtIO 1.0 support. There's also bug-fixes and other improvements with the VirtIO code for Linux 3.19. The VirtIO changes for Linux 3.19 can be found via this pull request.

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Manjaro 0.8.11 Gets Its First Upgrade Pack, Manjaro 0.9.0 Already Being Worked On

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The Manjaro 0.8.11 Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which is also 100% compatible with the repositories of the base system, has received its first updated pack and it looks like it's a big one.

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Users Want Windows 10 Features That Are Already Available in Linux Systems

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Microsoft

Windows 10 brought some new features for its fans, but it's still under development. Its users already have a list of features they would like implemented, but it's funny to see how most of those features are already present in Linux installations.

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Linux Turla Malware Infection? Not Going to Happen.

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Security

This code simply isn't in any Linux repository.

That means one must intentionally deviate and go outside of the keyring-protected repo of applications 'into the wild' to obtain this rogue software.

By definition, a trojan, requires one to install the application and then explicitly run it to have its 'payload' execute.

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My Favorite Linux Applications and Desktops

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Linux

My main desktop remains KDE, although Cinammon, GNOME, Mate, and LXDE are also ready to run. However, my main environment remains KDE because of the work tools it provides, such as a multi-item clipboard, and the ability to group the applications I'm working with into a single tabbed window.

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Is Linux Mint 17.1 really the best desktop of 2014?

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Wow, that’s some high praise there for Linux Mint 17.1. I agree that the Linux Mint developers did a great job on it, but I’m not sure I’d call it the best available desktop today for the simple reason that no matter how good a distribution or desktop is, there are bound to be people out there who need something different. Linux Mint is a fine choice for many or even most desktop Linux users, but it’s not right for everybody.

I’m not even sure there is a “best desktop” since the whole notion is so extremely subjective. I suppose you could say that there’s a “most popular” desktop if there is a huge majority of people using it that dwarfs all other desktops. But “best” implies that it is better than everything else and, as much as I like Linux Mint, I cannot say that it’s better than every other distribution or that Cinnamon or MATE beat out every other desktop environment.

I suppose it’s the old “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” thing. If Linux Mint 17.1 meets all of your needs, and you can use Cinnamon or MATE then it may very well be the best desktop distribution for you. But there are far too many different Linux users to generalize and give it the crown of best desktop of 2014, particularly given all the other choices out there.

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Was 2014 "The Year of Linux Desktop"?

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Linux has seen a lot of changes during 2014 and many users are saying that this was finally the year that really showed some real progress, but has it been enough to call it "the year of Linux desktop"?

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Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

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Linux
Google

I've spent the last three weeks taking six business-oriented Chromebooks through their paces. I started out as a skeptical Windows-rules-them-all kind of guy: I've been using Windows since the early days, and I've rarely strayed from the ghosts of my Windows masters. By the end of my Chromebook experiment, however, my old biases were shaken.

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Alpine 3.1.0 released

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Linux

We are pleased to announce Alpine Linux 3.1.0, the first release in v3.1 stable series.

This release is built with musl libc and is not compatible with v2.x and earlier, so special care needs to be taken when upgrading.

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AMDKFD -- AMD HSA On Linux -- Will Not Support 32-Bit Linux

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This really shouldn't come as a huge surprise, but AMD won't support HSA on 32-bit Linux.

Given that all of AMD's processors of the last several years have supported x86_64, software in general is beginning to focus on 64-bit only, and that within their binary drivers for matters like OpenCL 2.0 is 64-bit Linux only, the open-source HSA stack is being limited to 64-bit Linux.

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Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about. Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence. Read more

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Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

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