With Windows 8 pushing a “touch-first” desktop interface—Microsoft’s words, not ours—and with Valve’s Steam on Linux beginning to bring much-needed games and popular attention to the oft-overlooked operating system, there’s never been a better time to take Linux out for a test drive. Dipping your toes into the penguin-filled waters of the most popular open-source...
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Fans of Ubuntu Linux may recall that the Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle is a little different from those of versions past, as Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth outlined back in October. Not only is a new “skunkworks” approach being brought to bear on the next upcoming version of the popular Linux distribution, but there are also fewer milestone versions being released...
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Longtime Ubuntu Linux fans may remember Canonical's announcement back in 2010 that it was planning to adopt the OpenGL-based Wayland display management system instead of the venerable X Window system for Ubuntu Linux. That intent was reiterated last May by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in Ubuntu Open Week, but now it looks like plans have changed. Specifically,...
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A tablet version of the Ubuntu Linux interface was today unveiled by Canonical, following up the firm's successful phone launch.
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Hard on the heels of Canonical's decision last month to halve the support life for non-LTS releases of Ubuntu Linux, the company late last week announced that three versions of its popular Linux distribution will reach end of life in May. Support for the server version of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) "Hardy Heron," the desktop version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx,”...
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It wasn't all that long ago that Canonical extended the support period for Long Term Support (LTS) releases of its Ubuntu Linux from three years to five, but last week it made a move in the opposite direction for its non-LTS software. Specifically, beginning with Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail,” which is due in April, Canonical will reduce the support period for interim...
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For users of Microsoft Windows, frequent hardware upgrades tend to be a fact of life in order to keep each new iteration of the resources-hungry operating system running smoothly. Not so Linux, however, which is renowned for its generally small footprint and minimal hardware demands. Some Linux distributions do even better at this than others, however, and I've already...
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There's no doubt that desktop Linux has become increasingly user-friendly over the years, but it's equally true that some distributions focus more on ease of use than others do. Ubuntu and Linux Mint are two examples at the forefront of this usability trend, but recently I came across another that has put friendliness at the forefront of its goals. Enter Korora, a...
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It's no secret that Linux offers an increasingly compelling alternative for business users in this mobile-influenced computing era, complete with desktop interfaces and a variety of user-experience options designed for solid desktop productivity. Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution is surely among the more popular flavors with business users, of course, and this week, fans...
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We've seen several Linux tablets emerge over the past year or so, but examples with triple-boot capabilities are much less common. Enter the Python S3, a tablet released on Monday by Italian Ekoore that can boot three operating systems: Ubuntu Linux, Android, and Windows 8. “The Python series was born with the purpose of uniting in a single tablet multiple operating...
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