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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that is speedy and simple to use. It is a fully functional Linux distro that comes ...

System 76 Unleashes Wild Dog Pro

System 76 has announced its latest desktop release, Wild Dog Pro, with a range of high-end customizable configurations to enhance video editing and media creation, software engineering, CAD, and high-end performance for demanding games. It comes preinstalled with Ubuntu 15.10, and the default deskto...

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Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome

Chromixium is a new Linux distro that goes one big step further than the few existing distros catering to the Chrome OS. It one-ups Google's semi-proprietary Chrome OS locked into the popular Chromebook hardware. Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack's innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a...

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ChaletOS Is a Design Tweak in the Linux House

ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing si...

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OpenMandriva Lx: Not the KDE You Knew

OpenMandriva Lx 2014 is a KDE-only Linux distribution that has some rough edges but is otherwise a solid and reliable choice for user-friendly computing. This latest version, dubbed "Phosphorus," is based on the Mandriva Linux project and ROSA, a Russian Linux distribution. ROSA forked from Mandriva...

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Lightworks Video Editor Pulls Plenty of Weight

Lightworks is a professional-grade nonlinear video editor now available for Linux. It is a cross-platform editor from a well-known player in the media market, so this first-time Linux release could be a big thing. Lightworks version 11.5 for Linux was released late last month. It took the company ne...

Linux Gaming Is Cleared for Takeoff

Close to a third of all websites use Linux, according to W3Techs, and Linux system users are arguably second only to Mac users in their devotion to their platform of choice, yet Linux gamers have traditionally been the red-headed stepchildren of the gaming community. Xbox 360 was the top-selling con...

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Valve: The Linux Steam Engine That Could?

Valve cofounder Gabe Newell has made no secret of his disdain for Windows 8 and his newfound love for Linux as a gaming platform over the past year or so. It seems fair to say, however, that few here in the Linux community expected the colossal bear hug of support Valve gave our favorite operating s...

Valve Beta Boosts Linux Gaming Full Steam Ahead

Valve Software will beta test 300 hardware boxes running its Linux-based SteamOS, a standalone operating system for entertainment appliances in consumers' living rooms. The prototype box for the Steam platform, which is optimized for gaming in the living room, is completely upgradable and open. Beta...

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Testing the Faith of the Linux Masses

In a world with sky-high divorce rates and inconsistent church attendance, it doesn't seem too big a stretch to say that fidelity is an increasingly rare virtue in the population at large. Can the same be said of the Linux-using masses? That, indeed, is just what the clever crew over at TuxRadar app...

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Mageia Linux: A Delightful OS for Work or Play

If you fancy game playing, the latest release of the Mageia Linux OS will be a fun experience. Even if you never open a game, Mageia 2 is a solid distribution well suited to newcomers and seasoned Linux users alike. Mageia is a fork of the now defunct Mandriva distro. It was developed by a team of f...

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Torvalds Drops F-Bomb on Nvidia

It's not often the "F-word" figures prominently in any major debate here in the Recently, however, it was catapulted into a starring role when it was uttered by none other than Linus Torvalds himself during a talk at the Aalto Centre for Entrepreneurship in Finland earlier this month. The topic was...

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PartedMagic: A Swiss Army Knife for Hard Drive Resuscitation

I started out looking for a handy disk partitioning tool to repair a colleague's ailing computer. I ended up finding a toolbox full of very handy repair and system maintenance apps. As a bonus, I got all of this packed into a nifty specialized Linux distro called "PartedMagic" that boots into RAM fr...

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Firefox’s Linuxy Hardware Acceleration Problem

Linux and Firefox have long been a winning combination, but recently a snag came up that threw their future into question. Firefox 4's much-anticipated hardware acceleration features were evident in the ninth beta -- but not on Linux. "We tried enabling OpenGL on Linux, and discovered that most Linu...

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Ode to Summer, Fixer-Uppers and $10 for Courage

Well, Memorial Day has come and gone in the U.S., and that means summer is upon us once again, if just unofficially. What is summer for, besides sunburns, mosquitoes and sweating? That's right, it's time for tinkering in the great, air-conditioned indoors! It wasn't too surprising, then, to see Linu...

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Install Linux, Void Your Netbook’s Warranty?

Best Buy has never been a favorite company among Linux fans, and that feeling was not improved by the Microsoft ExpertZone training scandal that erupted last September. A whole new crop of reasons to hurl insults at the chain came up in recent weeks, however, following news of one blogger's experie...

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Browser Wars, the ‘Linux Killer’ and the Free Software Ditty

Now that President Obama has taken office at last, hopes are high around the globe for an era of recovery and change. Coincidentally, similar hopes were evident on the Linux blogs in recent days following last week's lambasting of the Wisconsin college student who claimed that Ubuntu forced her to d...

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On Games, Google and Geeks’ T-Shirt Sizes

You know it's a good week on the blogs when one of the top stories on Digg is a graph of Linux users' T-shirt sizes. Yes indeed, said graph -- comparing the sizes of attendees at the Linux Symposium in 1999 with those of last year's participants -- drew some 800 Diggs and 100 comments on the site, n...

Linux Blog Safari: Waxing Philosophic on a New Linux Year

It's 2008, and that means the year of Linux on the desktop is finally here! According to some, that is. As 2007 drew to a close and the new year dawned, the mood has waxed somewhat more philosophical and contemplative than usual on the Linux blogs. Discussion was understandably more subdued over the...

Zonbu Releases Lean, Mean – and Cheap – Notebook Machine

Zonbu, maker of the Zonbu Mini desktop, unveiled a new addition to its line of hassle-free, affordable and green PCs -- the Zonbu Notebook computer. The inexpensive, Linux-based laptops include a service contract, billed monthly, that takes over the tasks of backing up data and monitoring the system...

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