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The Btrfs File-System Repair Tool Is Available

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Software After writing about Btrfs LZ4 compression support and that the Btrfs FSCK tool wasn't available, it turns out that there is the new Btrfs repair tool, but it's not widely known and it's not recommended to ever use it.

New package format in Tiny Core Linux 4.3

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Software The Core Project's "Team Tiny Core" has released version 4.3 of Tiny Core Linux, the lightweight modular Linux system. The new version introduces a "Self Contained Mountable applications" (SCM) package format for adding additional applications.

Linux Mint – the taste of success

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Interviews Linux User sits down with Mint creator Clement Lefebvre to get a measure of the past, present and future of one of the biggest success stories in Linux distro history…

Thoughts on Hiring Linux Hackers (in 2012)

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Linux I have interviewed hundreds of candidates and had the delight of hiring dozens of Linux and open source developers, engineers, and interns over the last 10 years -- at IBM, Canonical, and now Gazzang.

openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 1

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  • openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 1
  • PCLinuxOS Phoenix Edition 2012-02 Maintenance Release
  • Debian Project formally sets software patent policies

Sabayon 8 XFCE Review

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  • Sabayon 8 XFCE Review
  • Linux Mint 12: Why it's the best desktop OS
  • Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review
  • PC Linux OS 2012.02: nice and stable

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 444

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Asturix 4 and On desktop
  • News: Debian's position on software patents, Fedora 17 alpha testing, overview of Cinnamon, FreeBSD package management with pkgng
  • Questions and answers: End of support for Kubuntu
  • Released last week: Scientific Linux 6.2, Tiny Core Linux 4.3

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Is Windows 8 a Linux Copycat?

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Microsoft (blog safari): Here in the world of technology, there's no denying that developers of even the most creative new products and ideas "stand on the shoulders of giants," just as innovators in most other realms do too.

Debian Project News - February 20th

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Linux Welcome to this year's fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: Goodbye Lenny!, Debian GNU/Hurd on the rails, and GPL in Debian: a study.

Where in the world is Tux?

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  • Where in the world is Tux? Photos from 29 countries
  • Linux Live Environments: Cool Tools Even For Windows Folks
  • 2012 Linux Job Forecast: Demand is on the Rise
  • Code in next Debian release valued at $A17 billion
  • Linus Likes Linux License
  • Random thoughts about Linux and my job
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GNOME's Tracker Semantic Data Storage Tool Now Offers Better UID Detection

Today, November 26, the GNOME developers behind the Tracker open-source semantic data store software, which is responsible for indexing various sources needed for the search engine of the GNOME desktop environment, announced two new releases. Read more

Cinnamon 2.8.6 Desktop Environment Is Out for Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa"

The developers behind the popular Cinnamon open-source desktop environment, a fork of the GNOME Shell user interface of the acclaimed GNOME 3 desktop environment, have released a new maintenance build for the Cinnamon 2.8 series. Read more

KDE Plasma 5.5

  • KDE Plasma 5.5 Windows 8 Metro-Inspired Theme Looks Interesting
    KDE developer Kai Uwe has just published a lengthy article where he talks about developing a Windows 8-inspired theme for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment.
  • KDE Developer Working On Windows 8 Inspired Look
    Kai Uwe has been working on some experimental hacks to resemble Windows 8, although Microsoft's default interface has changed with Windows 10. He's calling this work "U-Bahn" (the German equivalent of a Metro subsystem system) in reference to Microsoft at the time calling it Metro. This was just some brief hacking and he's not planning to see this U-Bahn project through to the end.
  • Pursuing Awesomeness
    While applets can be installed through “Get Hot New Stuff” and distribution repositories, there’s also the classic .plasmoid file. A feature suggested by one of my colleagues – fresh KDE Plasma user – was to drag .plasmoid files onto the desktop or panel and have them installed. After Marco Martin implemented the neccessary KPackage plumbing this is now possible.

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