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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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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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Softpedia Now Lists More than 2,000 Linux Distributions

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Yes! We are proud to announce that we have just crossed the mark of 2,000 Linux distributions, right here on our Softpedia Linux section, as you can see from the counter situated on the top right of the page.

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Download Linux Kernel 3.13 Release Candidate 2

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Linux kernel 3.13 RC2 is a normal release that includes mostly updated drivers, architecture updates, documentation updates, as well as improvements to filesystems, crypto, etc.

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VirtualBox 4.3.4 Released with Support for Linux Kernel 3.13

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A few hours ago, Oracle announced that the fourth maintenance release of its stable VirtualBox 4.3 software was available for download, and users are urged to update their installations as soon as possible.

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Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Review

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I highly recommend Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon if you’re looking for a new desktop distribution. It’s particularly good for folks who are totally new to Linux and who want to get some experience with it. It will work very well as a replacement desktop operating system for Windows or OS X users.

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Introduction to Modularity

Modularity is an exciting, new initiative aimed at resolving the issue of diverging (and occasionally conflicting) lifecycles of different “components” within Fedora. A great example of a diverging and conflicting lifecycle is the Ruby on Rails (RoR) lifecycle, whereby Fedora stipulates that itself can only have one version of RoR at any point in time – but that doesn’t mean Fedora’s version of RoR won’t conflict with another version of RoR used in an application. Therefore, we want to avoid having “components”, like RoR, conflict with other existing components within Fedora. Read more

Our First Look at Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon

Now that I’ve had about a week to play around in Mint 18, I find a lot to like and have no major complaints. While Cinnamon probably isn’t destined to become my desktop of choice, I don’t dislike it and find it, hands down, the best of the GNOME based desktops I’ve tried so far. Anybody looking for a powerful, all purpose distro that’s designed to work smoothly and which can be mastered with ease would be hard pressed to find anything better. Read more

The subtle art of the Desktop

The history of the Gnome and KDE desktops go a long way back and their competition, for the lack of a better term, is almost as famous in some circles as the religious divide between Emacs and Vi. But is that competition stil relevant in 2016? Are there notable differences between Gnome and KDE that would position each other on a specific segment of users? Having both desktops running on my systems (workstation + laptop) but using really only one of them at all times, I wanted to find out by myself. My workstation and laptop both run ArchLinux, which means I tend to run the latest stable versions of pretty much any desktop software. I will thus be considering the latest stable versions from Gnome and KDE in this post. Historically, the two environments stem from different technical platforms: Gnome relies on the GTK framework while KDE, or more exactly the Plasma desktop environment, relies on Qt. For a long time, that is until well into the development of the Gnome 3.x platform, the major difference was not just technical, it was one of style and experience. KDE used to offer a desktop experience that was built along the lines of Windows, with a start center on the bottom left, a customizable side bar, and desktop widgets. Gnome had its two bars on the top and bottom of the screen, and was seemingly used as the basis for the first design of Mac OS X, with the top bar offering features that were later found in the Apple operating system. Read more

Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released, Upgrade Path from Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Now Open

The first point release of the Xubuntu 16.04 LTS computer operating system has been officially published as part of the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) announcement earlier in the week. Read more