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LibreOffice Update Offers…

March 2nd, 2017
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Dubbed “5.3 Fresh,” this latest release takes the development of LibreOffice in a new direction with a focus on updating the user experience, according to Italo Vignoli of the Document Foundation. The 3.x Family centered on code cleanup, while the 4.x Family focused on code Refactoring.

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Desktop, LibreOffice/OpenOffice, Open Souce Applications

Doing it better with Linux

March 2nd, 2017
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If you have resolved to adopt Linux, your confidence may be low but will surely grow. Security-oriented considerations may be compelling enough to convince you to switch, but you will soon discover many more advantages to the Linux desktop.

For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, lets take a look here at some of the Linux desktop’s advantages.

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Desktop, Distro - Other, Education

Zorin Desktop

March 2nd, 2017
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Zorin OS developers on Tuesday released Version 12.1, offering Linux users a patchwork of software and hardware updates with some performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Zorin 12.1 follows the introduction three months ago of the project’s 12 series.

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Desktop, Ubuntu

Alpha to Beta – Yay Skype

March 2nd, 2017
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Skype’s original peer-to-peer architecture has been bidding the world a long farewell since last year, and another peer just waved goodbye, with the latest Skype for Linux client graduating from Alpha to Beta status.

Microsoft’s Skype team on Wednesday announced the confusingly-named Skype for Linux beta 5.0 here, and yes, “we have been focused on building a new experience that is in line with Skype’s ongoing transition from peer-to-peer to a modern cloud architecture”.

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Desktop, Microsoft

Best Linux Laptop: 2017

January 29th, 2017
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If you still think laptops are generic and the only difference between them are their price-tags, Dell invites you to think again. The latest Dell XPS 13 developer editon is everything a programmer could want from a high-end laptop.


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Desktop, Distro - Other, Hardware

Calculator for the Linux command-line

December 7th, 2016
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There’s a lot about modern GUIs that make them superior, but in terms of power, speed, and flexibility, the command line still rocks, and even more so if you can type quickly.

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CommandLine(CLI), Desktop

Linux Video Driver now features OpenGL 4.4 support

August 11th, 2016
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In a recent blog post, Timothy Arceri reports for Collabora that it’s a known fact that the open source Intel OpenGL video driver has always been behind times, always trying to catch up to the proprietary video drivers that are available for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

That ends now, as the Collabora team, who has always had lots of contributions to the Linux kernel, has managed to reach a major milestone by implementing OpenGL 4.4 support to the open source Intel video driver supporting recent Intel Broadwell and Intel Skylake platforms.

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Desktop, Education, Gaming

KDE Announces UI Framework for Mobile

August 11th, 2016
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August 10, 2016, KDE’s Thomas Pfeiffer has had the great honor of announcing the availability of the first public release of the Kirigami UI (User Interface) framework for building mobile and convergent applications.

Work on the Kirigami user interface framework started back in March 2016, when the KDE development team announced their plans for creating one of the most powerful and sophisticated tools that would allow application developers to build cross-platform Qt-based apps for mobile platforms.

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Desktop, Distro - Other, Mobile

Unity Tweak Tool

May 5th, 2016
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Unity Tweak Tool is a popular, easy-to-use settings manager for the Unity desktop (Ubuntu Default Desktop). It provides users with a simple and fast user interface which will help users to access/customize many useful features such as Launcher, Search, workspace switcher, window shaping, Themes, Icons & fonts on unity desktop environment to make nice & better user experience on system.

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Desktop, How To, Ubuntu

Performance monitoring with Monitorix

May 5th, 2016
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This tutorial shows the installation and configuration of Monitorix on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus). Monitorix is a free, lightweight, open source monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible on servers and desktops. It consists mainly of two programs: a collector, called Monitorix, which is a Perl daemon that is started automatically as a system service, and a CGI script called monitorix.cgi. Since 3.0 version Monitorix includes its own HTTP server built in, so you aren’t forced to install a third-party web server to use it.

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Desktop, Education, How To, Ubuntu