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Renesas to Advance Embedded Open Source OS for Linux Foundation

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Linux

In a move that stands to strengthen the hand of open source within the embedded Linux market, especially the automotive industry, the Linux Foundation has announced that microcontroller and chip manufacturer Renesas has become a gold member of the non-profit consortium.

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Blue Pup Distro: Pride of the Puppy Linux Litter

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GNU
Linux

Ironically, "Blue" was the Microsoft codename for the Windows 8.1 release. By default, Blue Pup boots into a screen displaying active tiles much like the Windows 8 Metro design. You can remove or add tiles and programs, and change their position and size. You can easily change the default mode so that Blue Pup boots instead into a standard desktop.

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Linux: Best desktop distros for newbies

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GNU
Linux

A trip through 10 of the more popular desktop Linux distributions, with an eye on the novitiate’s experience.

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Linux, Linux everywhere

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Linux

The Linux Format team genuinely hope you love this issue, as we think it shows how GNU/Linux is touching every aspect of not just the computing world, but our everyday lives too. Nothing highlights this better than our lead news story and the fallout from Heartbleed. Suddenly the world woke up and realised an open source project – OpenSSL – was a vital element in their lives, but from a near-disaster comes an amazing new solution.

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Smallest OS for Raspberry Pi, piCore 5.3, Returns with Linux Kernel 3.14.4

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Linux

The Tiny Core team has announced that piCore 5.3, the Raspberry Pi port of Tiny Core Linux, has just received a new version and is now available for download.

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Open-Source DisplayPort MST Is Under Review

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Red Hat

The Linux DisplayPort MST code has been working for nearly one month and it's now undergoing further review by other upstream Linux DRM developers. Airlie wrote in a new mailing list post tonight, "So this set is pretty close to what I think we should be merging initially, Since the last set, it makes fbcon and suspend/resume work a lot better, I've also fixed a couple of bugs in -intel that make things work a lot better. I've bashed on this a bit using kms-flip from intel-gpu-tools, hacked to add 3 monitor support. It still generates a fair few i915 state checker backtraces, and some of them are fairly hard to work out, it might be we should just tone down the state checker for encoders/connectors with no actual hw backing them."

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The Mac-ifying of the Linux Desktop

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GNU
Linux
Mac

The sheer variety available to the Linux desktop brings with it a level of discussion and debate most other platforms do not know. Which desktop is the best? Should Linux hold onto what has always worked? Should the Linux desktop mimic what others already know? Dare Linux look and feel like OS X?

That last idea is a bit of a conundrum – one with multiple arguments. First and foremost, there is no debating that OS X is a fast-growing platform. It not only has deep roots in Linux architecture, it has been accepted by numerous types of users. There have been many attempts at “cloning” the OS X desktop on Linux. Some of those clones have succeeded, to varying levels. One in particular (PearOS) succeeded so well it was bought by an unknown American company and removed from existence. That company is rumored to be Apple (a Black Lab Linux developer announced (in a goodbye letter) he was leaving the team to join Apple “...in a Linux endeavor they recently acquired.” It's fairly easy to put that two and two together.) But still, until there are facts, it is conspiracy, at best.

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Rugged, wildly modular tablet runs Android and Linux

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Android
Linux

Entegra announced a rugged, modular tablet that’s configurable for a wide range of environments and applications, and supports both Android 4.2 and Linux.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-10 Is Now Stable and Based on Linux Kernel 3.14.4

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GNU
Linux
Debian

The Clonezilla team released a new stable version of their operating system and they made some important modifications to it, including a new Linux kernel.

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of May 18, 2014," reads the official announcement.

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SliTaz 5.0 RC2 Is a Minimalistic OS Built from Scratch

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OS
Linux

SliTaz, an open source and minimalistic Linux distribution built from scratch, has announced that a new Release Candidate in the new 5.0 branch is now ready for testing and download.

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Ubuntu-Based ExTiX OS Updated for Intel Compute Sticks with Improved Installer

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