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Are there too many Linux distros? Is distro overload killing Linux on the desktop?

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itworld.com: Christine Hall at Foss Force considers whether or not Linux offers too much in the way of choice for users. Do we have too many distros available? Has that hurt the adoption of Linux on the desktop?

Experiences of a software consultant with various Linux distributions

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darkduck.com: I have read very positive comments about OpenSuse, Mageia, PCLinuxOS, but I have had problems with them in the past, which is why I had to erase them and re-install something else.

Overview of Linux Kernel Security Features

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linux.com: In this article, we'll take a high-level look at the security features of the Linux kernel. We'll start with a brief overview of traditional Unix security, and the rationale for extending that for Linux, then we'll discuss the Linux security extensions.

Why Linux Reviews Don't Really Matter

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ostatic.com: Once upon a time I wrote distribution reviews for a living. That's all I did. Now I ain't saying I was the best, in fact, I'm sure barely competent describes my work and knowledge. Nevertheless, I did learn one important truth when it comes to writing Linux reviews.

How to buy a laptop pre-installed with Linux

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Hardware

everydaylinuxuser.com: Since the introduction of Windows 8 there have been more and more questions appearing on the /r/linux, r/linuxquestions and /r/linux4noobs sub-reddits at Reddit asking how to install Linux on laptops that come with UEFI secure boot enabled.

Fedora 20 Gets A Bunch Of Features Proposed

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phoronix.com: In the past few days there have been a number of proposals for new features in Fedora 20, some more exciting than others. Here's a look at the Fedora 20 proposals to date.

What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux?

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Software

makeuseof.com: When a user is first introduced to Linux, they might be told they’re using Linux, but they’ll quickly learn that it’s called something else. Yes, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, and so many others are all variants of Linux, or “Linux distributions”. That’s cool and all, but if you give it a little thought, you’ll be asking yourself why.

Charting a Safe Course w/ Netrunner 13.06 Enigma

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linuxadvocates.com: I get surprises every day. Some are good and some less than good. The other day I came across a really good surprise: Netrunner 13.06 Enigma.

Porteus 2.1 Has Something for Everyone

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  • Porteus 2.1 RC2 Has Something for Everyone
  • Published: A Power-Aware Scheduler For Linux
  • Red Hat Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Needham & Company
  • More Updates to Slack-Current
  • SparkyLinux 3.0 RC Brings Razor-Qt as Default
  • Btrfs In Linux 3.11 Has More Fixes, Performance Tuning
  • Learn & Share: 100 Linux Video Tutorials
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 5 Episode 12

Linux Institute opposes Microsoft's Kenya laptop project

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Microsoft

cio.co.uk: The Linux Professional Institute has opposed a move by Microsoft to partner with the Kenyan government in an ambitious $2 billion laptop project.

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