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5 of the Best Linux Distros in 2017

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The best Linux distribution is and will always be the one that you feel most comfortable working with and can get the most done as efficiently as possible.

However, if you’re new to Linux or you’re looking for a change, these distributions are easily among the best options. This list was designed to cover different experience levels and use cases. So if you’re a system admin, developer, or a desktop user, you’ll find something to interest you.

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Purism Librem 13 v2 Linux laptop review

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At first glance, the Purism Librem 13 v2 looks like a lot of other laptops on the market. It’s a compact notebook that measures about 0.7 inches thick, weighs about 3.3 pounds, and which has a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a backlit keyboard, and a large touchpad.

But take a closer look at the touchpad and you’ll notice that there’s a rectangle where you’d normally find a Windows key. And glance up to the space above the touchpad and you’ll find two hardware switches.

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Linux Turns 26

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  • Happy Birthday Linux!

    Happy 26th birthday Linux! Yes, it’s that time of the year once again, the day which most open-source enthusiasts consider to be the famous kernel’s formal founding. It was on this day 26 years ago that a plucky Fin named Linus Torvalds punched out a small announcement about his ‘hobby’ operating system and shared it with the Minix newsgroup.

  • Linux Turns 26 Years Old

    Today is the day most commonly associated as the birthday of Linux. Happy 26th birthday Linux!

Desktop: Entroware's New GNU/Linux Laptop, Microsoft Caught Red-handed

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Mobile: Sailfish OS, Librem and Tizen

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Blaming GNU/Linux for Facebook Issues

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Introducing Sailfish X and all the details you want to know

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Today it’s our pleasure to announce all the details for Sailfish X, aka Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X! We are coming very close to the sales start, which is now only a few weeks away. We have now all the details planned, and we want to share them with all of you Sailfish OS fans and followers.

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Also: Jolla Announces Sailfish X

Google Chrome Vs. Chromium

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Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser on desktop PCs. It has over 54% of desktop users usually in the Windows world choosing it over the other browsers. Here in the Linux world, Google Chrome is not the most popular as most distros prefer to ship other web browsers. The most popular of these is Firefox whilst others prefer Chromium. Chromium for all intents and purposes is very identical to Google Chrome. They share everything from looks to extensions, engine, and features. So why don’t they (Linux distros) just ship with Google Chrome? What are the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium?

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Guide to Linux App Is a Handy Tool for Every Level of Linux User

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Remember when you first started out with Linux? Depending on the environment you’re coming from, the learning curve can be somewhat challenging. Take, for instance, the number of commands found in /usr/bin alone. On my current Elementary OS system, that number is 1,944. Of course, not all of those are actual commands (or commands I would use), but the number is significant.

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Tiny Linux hacker board features dual Ethernet and a $14 price

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The open spec, 60 x 45mm “Orange Pi R1” runs Linux or Android on a quad -A7 Allwinner H2 and features WiFi, USB OTG, and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports.

Shenzhen Xunlong appears to be increasingly focusing its Orange Pi line of open spec development boards on small-footprint SBCs aimed more at IoT than multimedia applications. Shortly after revealing its quad Cortex-A53, Allwinner H5 based Orange Pi Zero Plus, featuring the standard 48 x 46mm footprint of its Zero-branded boards, it has released an Orange Pi R1 model with a quad -A7 Allwinner H2 for only a dollar less. With its somewhat larger 60 x 45mm footprint, the R1 lacks the Zero branding, but it shares the same Allwinner H2 SoC as the original Orange Pi Zero.

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Chromium and Firefox: New Features

  • Chromebook Owners Will Soon Be Able to Monitor CPU and RAM Usage in Real-Time
    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort announced today that Google's Chrome OS engineers have managed to implement a new feature that will let Chromebook owners monitor the CPU usage, RAM, and zRam statistics in real-time. The feature was implemented in the Chrome Canary experimental channel and can be easily enabled by opening the Google Chrome web browser and accessing the chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag. There you'll be able to monitor your Chromebook's hardware and see what's eating your memory or CPU during heavy workloads, all in real-time. "Chrome OS users can monitor in real-time their CPU usage, memory and zRam statistics thanks to the new internal page chrome://sys-internals in the latest Canary," said François Beaufort in a Google+ post. "For that, enable the experimental chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag, restart Chrome, and enjoy watching real-time resource consumption."
  • Tracking Protection for Firefox for iOS Plus Multi-Tasking in Focus for Android New Today
    Across the industry, September is always an exciting month in mobile, and the same is true here at Mozilla. Today, we’re launching the newest Firefox for iOS alongside an update for the popular Firefox Focus for Android, which we launched in June.

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.13, GCC 7.2

Greg Kroah-Hartman published on Wednesday new maintenance updates for various of the supported Linux kernel branches that he maintains, including the Linux 4.12 series, which appears to have reached end of life. Read more

The ISS just got its own Linux supercomputer

A year-long project to determine how high-performance computers can perform in space has just cleared a major hurdle -- successfully booting up on the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment conducted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NASA aims to run a commercial off-the-shelf high-performance computer in the harsh conditions of space for one year -- roughly the amount of time it will take to travel to Mars. Read more

Qt 5.6.3 Released

I am pleased to inform that Qt 5.6.3 has been released today. As always with a patch release Qt 5.6.3 does not bring any new features, just error corrections. For details of the bug fixes in Qt 5.6.3, please check the change logs for each module. Read more