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Create your own custom distro images from Distroshare

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Linux

Newbies are often deterred from trying out Linux (or other open source operating systems) because of the amount of time and effort they may need to spend in customizing the OS to work on their hardware after a fresh installation. The same goes for old users planning to switch hardware. It is often difficult to figure out if a new model will work in harmony with Linux. Distroshare is trying to solve this problem.

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The Best Features Of Linux 3.16

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The Linux 3.16 kernel could be released as soon as today with its development having calmed down but if you've refrained from reading up on this new kernel, here's the rundown on the new features and capabilities of this 2014 late-summer kernel debut.

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X.Org Server 1.16, Rootless X Now Available For Arch Linux

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This week X.Org Server 1.16 was promoted for Arch Linux with a number of end-user changes as a result.

With X.Org Server 1.16 officially landing now for Arch Linux, X now runs without root privileges in combination with systemd-logind, but there's some stipulations such as right now launching X through a log-in manager will not lead to a rootless X environment, etc.

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Wine 1.7.23 released

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Linux
Microsoft
Software

The Wine development release 1.7.23 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Better support for files drag & drop.
- Improvements to the HTTP cookie management.
- Initial support for 64-bit Android builds.
- Fixes to crypto certificates management.
- Various bug fixes.

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A year without Windows and a new love of Linux

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What is more, whenever a new version of Ubuntu (the flavour of Linux I use) comes out, I can upgrade for free. I don’t need to worry about ongoing license costs, because there are none. I will always have the most up to date version of the operating system and will never be in the position that the creators stop supporting my PC. Sorry Windows XP users, but it is true.

Would I say that Linux is right for everyone? No. However, you won’t know unless you try.

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When Linux Was Perfect Enough

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These days, that includes me. While I’m happy I have enough skills to usually fix a bug that made it past the developers at Mint or Fedora, I’d just as soon not have to deal with it. I have work to be done. And when I’m not working, I want to be wasting time with my friends on Facebook, not getting aggravated with my computer.

To be sure, Linux has changed with the times. In recent years you can pretty much be sure that when you install a major Linux distro on a laptop, Wi-Fi will work out of the box. Also, most of the time all you have to do is plug a new printer into a USB port and, presto!, it’s already up and running. But there are still way too many little niggling problems that need to get fixed – stuff that should have been fixed long ago.

Maybe if Ken keeps complaining enough…

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Valencia Schools Save Almost $50 Million (€37 Million) with a Linux OS Based on Ubuntu

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

Representative from the Valencia Linux School district have announced that they have managed to save €36 million ($48.3 million) by using a Linux distribution instead of proprietary software.

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Steam for Linux Now Has More Than 600 Games

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

Steam for Linux has been released a years and half ago and now it has accumulated more than 600 games, which should make Linux a very successful platform.

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Let's Use Linux and Android SDK for Better Android App Development

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Android
Linux
HowTos

I wish to encourage modern android app developers to use open source OS Linux and latest Android SDK for better Android app development so development would be cost-effective as well as quick to reach as early as possible to the market. Therefore, I have given good hints in this post for newbie as well as seasoned Android developers.

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Linux Advocates in the Wild

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As far as Linux is concerned, there wasn’t any learning curve for Jaimee and she told me so. When I was explaining the difference between Windows, Linux and Mac, she brushed the explanation off and summarized it quaintly.

“It’s not a big deal,” she told me. “You see an icon, you click an icon and stuff happens.” I smiled and thought inwardly, “Stuff happens indeed.” You may have heard or read me say the exact same thing. Now you know that I stole it from a brilliant 15 year old girl.

So now I’ve told you all of that so I can tell you this…

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