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The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review

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The year 2013 had its own distinct developments, but most of what happened in the last twelve months were continuations of events that were already happening. It was a year of continued development, of trends reaching natural conclusions, rather than of new ones beginning.

Whether you are looking at crowdfunding, games, the continued efforts of Ubuntu or GNOME, women in computing, or the new innovations at open hardware, the impression of 2013 remains the same. You could almost call it 2012, Part 2, except that many of the continuing stories began even earlier.

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Goodbye, Win XP - Hello, Linux?

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Linux may have lost some of its appeal for migrating XP users when Microsoft made concessions in its latest Windows 8.1 release, suggested Norman Rosenthal, principal and owner of Sterling Rose Consulting. "As long as users can continue to click on a button to put a semblance of the Windows 7 Start menu, users will be hesitant to move to another platform that will require them to learn a new interface."

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Fedora Decides On Headless Java, Third-Party Repos

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The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee is back in the season of evaluating features for the next Fedora Linux release.

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10 Linux-Based Robots by Air, Land and Sea

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Eric Brown's sampling of some innovative, new, or newly updated robots ranging from simple kits to a few advanced systems that have yet to leave the laboratory. Click the link, below, to read the full story.

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Activision Is Preventing A Game From Coming To Linux

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A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.

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New GNOME Software Releases Bring Lots of Bugfixes

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GNOME Software 3.11.2 also fixes numerous bugs, including a more subtle updates indicator, notifications are no longer displayed for available updates if the main window is active, the new UTF-8 safe searching functionality is now used in GLib, GSettings can now be used for the compatible desktops, and much more.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta Released

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Red Hat has delivered an early Christmas present for enterprise Linux users out there... Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 is now available!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 joins Tocco Lite in 10 million club

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has taken notes from 10 million wallets. Samsung has announced it has sold 10 million Note 3 phablets in just 60 days -- clearly the new faux-leather styling is a hit.

The original Note was a surprise hit in 2011, as phone fans went nuts for the huge screen and S Pen stylus. Both the original Note and its follow-up the Note 2 also sold over 10 million, but the Note 3 has outstripped both in its rate of sales.

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Linux Mint Xfce 16 RC “Petra” Still Looks Beautiful and Minimalistic, Download Now

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Linux Mint Xfce, a modern, elegant, and comfortable operating system based on Ubuntu and Debian, has just reached version 16 RC.

The Xfce version of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” has finally arrived, shortly after the release of its KDE brethren. It will be some time before the stable version, but at least we have something to test.

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Knock: TCP Port Knocking Proposed For Linux Kernel

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Port Knocking is the process of opening network ports on a firewall by first attempting to connect to a set of predefined unopen ports. It's effectively a key for opening network ports with the password being the pegging of other closed network ports in the correct sequence.

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Internet of Things Web Editor Open Source Project Started

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Linux 4.7 and Linux 4.8

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    Today, July 24, 2016, after a week of holiday fun, Linus Torvalds has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7 for all GNU/Linux operating systems. The Linux 4.7 kernel has been in development for the past two months, but that shouldn't surprise anyone who is either reading our website on a regular basis or keeping pace with the Linux kernel development cycle, which was very normal for this branch. A total of seven Release Candidate (RC) testing builds were released since May 29, 2016, which introduced numerous new features and improvements.
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    Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes. This lines-of-code counting was mostly done out of a curiosity factor. In this article I'm just looking at the in-kernel DRM code and not the Mesa drivers, DDX drivers, LLVM back-ends, or anything else in user-space related to the open-source graphics drivers.
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    Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy. Hardened usercopy was originally based upon GrSecurity's PAX_USERCOPY feature but reworked into a whole new form, according to developer Kees Cook at Google. This hardened usercopy is to be exposed as the CONFIG_HARDENED_USERCOPY option within the kernel.