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You Should Not be Afraid of Arch Linux, Here's Why

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Linux

I don't know why, but I always had this desire of installing new operating systems and discover by myself how they work, how software packages are installed, removed, updated, and how they differ from other OSes.

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Leftovers: Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

A New Firefox OS phone

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Linux
Moz/FF

Last Monday, I bought the phone anyway. I must say that I am very pleased by its performance and very cheap price. One can swap the SIM card to use the phone with another carrier here, too.

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Q4OS Linux Distro Will Allow Users to Purchase Apps via New Software Center

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GNU
Linux

On May 22, Softpedia was informed by the developer of Q4OS, a small distribution of GNU/Linux that uses the old-school KDE3 desktop environment and was designed for low-end computers, that the distro reached version 1.2.2.

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EXT4 RAID Data Corruption Issue Patched in Arch Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The Arch Linux developers informed users today, May 22, about the immediate availability of a critical update for the kernel packages used in the distribution that promises to patch the well-known EXT4 RAID data corruption issue.

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Simple Photo Manipulation in GNU/Linux with Fotoxx

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Linux
Software
GNOME
Ubuntu

Image manipulation in GNU/Linux has always been associated with The Gimp. However, most users will find Gimp vastly oversized for their needs. Fotoxx is a neat, simple and yet very advanced photo manipulation software that is definitely worth installing and playing with.

Simple Photo Manipulation in GNU/Linux with Fotoxx

Tessel 2, A $35 Linux Computer That’s Truly Open Source

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We’ve seen the first version of the Tessel a few years ago, and it’s still an interesting board: an ARM Cortex-M3 running at 180MHz, WiFi, 32 Megs of both Flash and RAM, and something that can be programmed entirely in JavaScript or Node.js. Since then, the company behind Tessel, Technical Machines, has started work on the Tessel 2, a board that’s continuing in the long tradition of taking chips from WiFi routers and making a dev board out of them. The Tessel 2 features a MediaTek MT7620 running Linux built on OpenWRT, Ethernet, 802.11bgn WiFi, an Atmel SAMD21 serving as a real-time I/O coprocessor, two USB ports, and everything can still be controlled through JavaScript, Node, with support for Rust and other languages in the works.

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Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise

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The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch.

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ACPI 6 Non-Volatile Memory Device Support / NFIT / LIBND For Linux

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The Linux kernel continues advancing on many hardware fronts, among which is support for ACPI 6.0 and the kernel is making the new LIBND subsystem for non-volatile memory device support.

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GNU/Linux: the desktop that never was

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Linux

About 6 years ago, I wrote an article about why I felt that installing software in GNU/Linux was broken. It pains me to say that the situation is, sadly, exactly the same:GNU/Linux never made it to personal computers, really, and at this point it looks like it never will.

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An About.com Review Of Bodhi Linux

Bodhi Linux is a distribution I have followed for a number of years. I used to have it installed on my Acer Aspire Netbook and it featured in my list of "12 great distributions for netbooks" article that I wrote back in October 2013. The point of Bodhi Linux is to get out of your way and let you decide which applications are installed on your computer. I gave my previous review of Bodhi Linux the title "Quick but Quirky". The reason for that title was that the desktop whilst whizzing along quite nicely had a few strange Enlightenment-isms which would have made it a probably no-no for beginners. How does the latest version measure up? Read on and find out. Read more