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SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Reaches RC1

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mepis.org: MEPIS has announced SimplyMEPIS 8.4.98, RC1 of MEPIS 8.5, now available from MEPIS and public mirrors.

The number of Linux distros - A strength or weakness?

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  • The number of Linux distros - A strength or weakness?
  • too much choice can sometimes be a bad thing

Linux 2.6.33 Kernel Released, Woohoo!

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  • Linux 2.6.33 Kernel Released, Woohoo!
  • What's new in Linux 2.6.33
  • Kernel Log: Linux and hard disks with 4-KByte sectors
  • Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros

Apple: The Gold Standard for GNU/Linux

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igneousquill.net: In the team interview one of the developers asked me if I ever worked with Macs before. My reply was something like, "Well, I never had to, but I can learn." He chuckled and said, "'...never had to,' I like that." It all worked out and I got the job, but I still had to get accustomed to a big, bright, shiny iMac.

Nine Linux projects in 90 minutes

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Software

tuxradar.com: Previously we gave you 7 Cool Linux Projects that anyone could do, but if you still have a few hours to kill and you've already watched the latest Maru videos on YouTube, we have the perfect follow-up article for you: read on to discover just how versatile Linux is by trying nine easy projects that should take no longer than the kettle does to boil - learn how to run your own wiki, encrypt files, blog from home, create your own network wormhole and more!

Seeking the One True Linux: Is Linux Distro-hopping a Thing of the Past?

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linuxplanet.com: Distro-hopping is easy and fun. Linux users distro-hop to solve problems and to try new software. But is it necessary? Haven't most Linux distributions reached a state of polish that makes distro-hopping unnecessary?

Built to last

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linuxfoundation.org: It has now been almost exactly five years since kernel development community tentatively started using the git source code management system with the 2.6.12-rc2 commit. That was an uncertain time;

Chuck Norris is not a Linux virus

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Security

itworld.com: Get a grip people. A recent story about the so-called Chuck Norris botnet implies that it breaks Linux's security. Wrong.

Linux Server Management Nightmare: Attack of the Killer Penguins

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serverwatch.com: Imagine a monstrous, seven-foot reanimated Tux-the-penguin with bolts though its neck, pursued through the countryside by angry pitchfork-wielding villagers. It's not an image you're likely to forget in a hurry.

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