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August 22, 2013
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The first rule of choosing a desktop Linux distribution: User, know thyself

On a regular basis I use five different Linux different distributions. Over the decades, I’ve used pretty every much every major Linux distribution out there… and I haven’t even touched more than 10% of all available Linux distributions. If I, … Continue reading

January 24, 2013
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OpenSUSE also considers switching from MySQL to MariaDB

MySQL may still be the “most popular open-source database” for now, but its day may be ending. Just like Fedora, which is considering switching out MySQL for the MySQL fork MariaDB, openSUSE is also considering making MariaDB its default database … Continue reading

December 31, 2012
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2013: Installing Linux on Windows 8 PC is still a pain

In security’s name, Microsoft has made it difficult to install Linux, or any other operating system, including older versions of Windows, on Windows 8 PCS. In addition, Microsoft has made it all but impossible to install Linux on Windows RT … Continue reading

October 19, 2012
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Ubuntu moves some Linux development inside

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and its popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, announced in his blog that they’ll be working on some new features behind closed doors for the next release. Shuttleworth wrote, “”Mapping out the road to 13.04, there are … Continue reading