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Linux dominates Amazon's Christmas tablet sales

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While I'm happy to see Android doing so well, I'd really like to see other Linux-based products topping the charts too. Perhaps an Ubuntu based tablet or phone might also be a good option for consumers. I'd very much prefer that customers had another choice besides just Android, iOS or Microsoft Windows based products.

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Leftovers: Applications

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Leftovers: Games

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Intel Releases A Boatload Of Haswell Documentation

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As an extra holiday present for Linux and open-source fans, Intel has quietly released a large batch of new programming documentation that covers their latest-generation Haswell graphics cores. The new "programmer's reference manuals" cover the 2013 Haswell HD Graphics, Iris Graphics, and Iris Pro Graphics. This massive batch of documentation is spread across twelve volumes and does document their hardware registers.

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Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

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Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts.

And that's bad news for Microsoft.

The pared-down laptops powered by Google's browser-based Chrome OS have surfaced this year as a threat to "Wintel," the Microsoft-Intel oligarchy that has dominated the personal-computer space for decades with Windows machines.

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CyanogenMod Source Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now available

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CyanogenMod is going strong, the team has brought support to all major flagship devices of 2013 from different manufacturers. Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Moto X and Nexus 5 makes the list of supported devices. You might have noticed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 missing from the list; well, not anymore, a recent post on the official Google+ page of CyanogenMod says that CyanogenMod source code for Note 3 is now available for download, nightlies are coming soon.

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Xubuntu 13.10 - Same again please bartender

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I reviewed Xubuntu 12.10 just over a year ago and it is still one of the more popular articles on this site.

Last week I installed the latest version, Xubuntu 13.10 to see if much has changed.

In my previous review I installed Xubuntu on an older computer but this time I have gone for running Xubuntu on the Toshiba Satellite Pro L870. (Intel i5, 2.5 ghz processor, 8 gb RAM, 750 gb hard drive). Not brand new but solid enough specifications.

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I have no intention of ending my relationships with Linux

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It was in 2009 that someone installed a Linux distribution (Ubuntu) for me because my feeble little hard drive capacity (8 GB) would accept nothing else. From that moment on I began to learn to understand it and to trace its evolution. I came across many other distributions, Debian, CentOS, Kubuntu, and Fedora, to name only a few.

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Ubuntu Linux WiFi Security: Canonical Combats Criticism

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It's not even January 2014 yet, and already Canonical faces another media flare-up about its Ubuntu Linux operating system. But this time, the negative stories about the open source vendor -- which critics accuse of storing WiFi passwords in an insecure way via NetworkManager -- are not fair.

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Linux 3.13-rc6

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As expected, things have been quiet over the holiday week. So various
small random updates: drivers (infiniband, gpu, cpufreq, libata,
block), some small filesystem fixes (ext4/jbd2), and a few ARM SoC
things. Tiny x86, percpu and cgroup fixes.

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  • gnome-boxes: Coder’s log
    So another two weeks have passed and it’s time to sum things up and reflect a little on the struggles and accomplishments that have marked this time period, which was quite a bumpy ride compared to the others, but definitely more exciting.
  • GNOME Keysign 0.6
    It’s been a while since I reported on GNOME Keysign. The last few releases have been exciting, because they introduced nice features which I have been waiting long for getting around to implement them.
  • Testing for Usability
    I recently came across a copy of Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow That Works (book, 2005) by Goto and Cotler. The book includes a chapter on "Testing for Usability" which is brief but informative. The authors comment that many websites are redesigned because customers want to add new feature or want to drive more traffic to the website. But they rarely ask the important questions: "How easy is it to use our website?" "How easily can visitors get to the information they want and need?" and "How easily does the website 'lead' visitors to do what you want them to do?" (That last question is interesting for certain markets, for example.)

SUSE Leftovers

  • Newest Tumbleweed snapshot updates KDE Applications
    The latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot has updated KDE Applications in the repositories to version 16.04.3. Snapshot 20160724 had a considerably large amount of package updates for Tumbleweed KDE users, but other updates in the snapshot included updates to kiwi-config-openSUSE, Libzypp to version 16.1.3, yast2-installation to version 3.1.202 and Kernel-firmware to 2016071
  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 22
    openSUSE Conference’16, Hackweek 14 and the various SUSE internal workshops are over. So it’s time for the YaST team to go back to usual three-weeks-long development sprints… and with new sprints come new public reports! With Leap 42.2 in Alpha phase and SLE12-SP2 in Beta phase our focus is on bugs fixing, so we don’t have as much fancy stuff to show in this report. Still, here you are some bits you could find interesting.