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5 best Linux distros for beginners and newbies

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Linux

Linux has always been the outsider's operating system. Even more hipster than Apple's iOS and completely off the radar of most Microsoft Windows users, the open source OS umbrella covers an ever increasing collection of mutations and flavours, known to its users as distros (short for distributions).

For the beginner such choice can appear overwhelming, and so CBR has pared it down to the five most accessible.

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The Difference Between Window Managers and Desktop Environments

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Linux

A window manager is software for an operating system that manages the placement of open windows. There are many window managers for Linux. Each one manages applications differently.

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LXLE Linux 14.04.1 review - Champagne without bubbles

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Ubuntu derivatives are many and varied. Most build on the same base, and then add a new work environment in order to infuse the distro with a unique spin. LXLE 14.04.1 does this by applying an almost namesake desktop environment on the latest LTS Ubuntu release, and so a new fork is born.

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MK80 Linux Edition is an octa-core Ubuntu mini PC

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Ubuntu

The MK80LE runs Ubuntu 14.04 Linux and supports hardware-accelerated video when using the VLC media player. As far as I’m aware this doesn’t mean that all Ubuntu apps can take advantage of the computers PowerVR G6230 graphics, but it does at least mean that you shouldn’t have problems playing HD video.

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Can We Really Trust Linux?

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Linux

Whether you’re a Windows XP refugee, looking for a way to keep a faithful computer running securely, or just someone who’s naturally curious, I highly recommend you check out our list of the best Linux distros and jump right in. You can trust the people who make Linux, and even join them if you want to.

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Raspberry Pi 2 review - the Pi you didn't know you wanted

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The Raspberry Pi has been a tremendous success story, ever since the low-cost development board first appeared in 2012. Among enthusiasts and educators it’s sparked an interest in "real" computing, unseen since the halcyon days of the 1980s, and it's also inspired an army of copycat devices. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is building on that success with the long-awaited successor - the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. See also: The eight best uses for your Raspberry Pi

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Also: Raspberry Pi celebrates hugely successful 3 years

Happy 3rd birthday Raspberry Pi!

Linux Kernel 3.18.9 Is Now an LTS (Long-Term Support) Release

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Today we have some good news for all users of the Linux 3.18 kernel, as its status has been changed to LTS (Long-Term Support) on March 11, which means that it will be supported with patches for at least two more years from today.

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Raspberry Pi 2: Raspbian (ARMv6) v Linaro (ARMv7) - Benchmarking

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Linux

The Raspberry Pi Foundation make it pretty clear that Raspbian is the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi series of computers. Most of the Foundation's documentation and support directs users to Raspbian. The downloads section of their website does list other operating system images. But there are many more images available, and one really piqued my curiosity; a Ubuntu 14.10 / Linaro 15.01 "developer" image. Unlike Raspbian, this image is compiled for ARMv7/armhf.

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Rugged NUC mini-PCs run Linux on Broadwell and Bay Trail

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Logic Supply unveiled two rugged, Intel NUC “ML100″ mini-PCs: one with two GbE ports based on a Bay Trail Celeron, and one with Intel’s 5th-Gen Core CPU.

In recent years, Intel has released Linux-friendly mini-PCs based on its Intel (Next Unit of Computing) reference design optimized for home theater applications (the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH) and thin client duty (Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE). Now Logic Supply has announced two new NUC designs aimed at rugged industrial applications: a Bay Trail Celeron-based ML100G-10 and a 5th Gen Core equipped ML100G-30.

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Allwinner’s octa-core A80 SoC tightens its SBC grip

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Android
Linux

The CubieTech octa-core Allwinner A80 based “Cubieboard4″ SBC goes for $125, competing with LinkSprite’s $129 Beta Arches and Merrii’s $300 H88 Hummingbird.

In early February, while covering Merrii’s H88 Hummingbird SBC, based on the octa-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A80 system-on-chip, we found we had missed the release of the A80-based Cubieboard4 SBC. The board had originally been announced in April 2014 as the Cubieboard 8. According to an October post by CNXSoft, the board had just begun shipping in China for $100. At the time (Feb. 9, 2015) we found the Cubieboard4 selling for 699 RMB (now $111) at Taobao.com in China, and £110.79 (now $164) at NewIT in the U.K., where today the prices remain the same.

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