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Indiegogo being used to fund Linux and free software-focused magazine Linux Voice

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What happens when three Linux media veterans decide that it’s time to roll up their sleeves and get to work on a project they can call their own? They quit Linux Format and take to Indiegogo to fund a new magazine: Linux Voice.

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Arch Linux 2013.12.01 Is Now Available for Download

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Another month, another ISO image of the amazing Arch Linux operating system is now available for download, released today, December 1, 2013, on the official website.

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SolydXK SolydK 2013.11 review

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SolydK is the KDE edition of a line of distributions published by SolydXK, an outfit made up of an odd 4-man team. For home users they publish two distributions – SoldK and SolydX. The latter uses the Xfce desktop environment. Both distributions began as community or unofficial Linux Mint Debian projects, before the founder decided to go solo.

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Linux Deepin needs your help with the Deepin Localization Project

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It is a Chinese distribution and one of the very few Linux distributions that’s actually bringing something new to the table: From custom apps to a new desktop environment built atop GNOME 3 technologies called the Depth Desktop Environment.

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SteamOS: Steaming ahead? – The Open Source Column

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Steam is a service that does a lot of good things for those who like to play computer games on a PC. It handles updates, it keeps things ordered, and when it does one of its twice-yearly sales, it has a habit of getting wallets emptied at a speedy and impressive rate. It also, by nature of what it does, locks down your games, and imposes a heavy level of DRM on them. That’s the price it pays for dealing with big games publishers, and you do wonder if it’s something that Steam is always that comfortable with (not withstanding the fact that Valve, its parent company, is a games developer of some note).

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Build Your Own Simple Linux Banking Tool

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In general, the numerous spreadsheet templates that are Microsoft Excel clones and load in OpenOffice and LibreOffice are digital versions of a paper-and-pen checkbook register. If you want a simple spreadsheet to enter deposit and withdrawal details to get a running account balance, these basic spreadsheet solutions are not going to do the trick.

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Apple and Microsoft Claim Patent Tax on GNU/Linux, Red Hat’s Response Too Weak

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If this is true at all (and evidence is still absent), then this is extortion and we need to bring it to light in order for legal procedures to follow. Some company needs to leak out information, potentially breaking an NDA. That’s how Edward Snowden helped hold the NSA and GCHQ accountable.

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Reminder to Corporate Press: PHP is Not Linux

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Security

Somehow a PHP issue gets described as a "Linux worm" (usually in headlines, too) for many other writers to repeat without researching any further. If there is any issue associated with embedded devices (which cannot be patched easily, if at all), then don't blame Linux; embedded systems just happen to be an area reined by Linux and GNU. Windows would not have coped any better.

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Anti-GNU/Linux Campaigns Are Not Left Behind at Microsoft, Only the Brands Change

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Microsoft

Microsoft’s offensive and facts-free campaigns still target products which run GNU/Linux, even if the “G” and “L” words are not mentioned (Chromebooks/Google are the target now)

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Steam's November Hardware Survey - Linux Still Mostly Holding Itself Up

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Here is the latest instalment of Steam's Hardware Survey, as usual we do our monthly thing and compare it and talk about it and make sure you know not to use it as a hard figure.

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The Internet Without Connection, Free Endless OS For Emerging Markets

There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet. Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child. Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection. Read more