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What prevents Linux from beating Windows and OS X?

In today's open source roundup: Which problems stop Linux from dominating the desktop? Plus: Linux gamers and Nvidia graphics cards. And new Firefox features might not work on unencrypted sites.

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Nginx open source server gets TCP load-balancing

The technology, which had been featured only in the company’s commercial product, improves failover and apps scaling

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C leads the way in "ugly hacks"

An analysis of GitHub data finds that, among all programming languages, C code contains the most references to down and dirty code fixes

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LG Watch Urbane first look: Hands on with the new Linux watch

Linux everywhere! We just added another Linux device to our family; this one is attached to my body and can monitor my heartbeat.

Would you buy an Ubuntu phone that doubled as a desktop PC?

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu is working on a phone that doubles as a desktop PC. Would you buy it? Plus: DistroWatch reviews Debian 8 Jessie. And Android Lollipop adoption rate nearly at 10%.

What are the differences between Linux distributions?

In today's open source roundup: What makes Linux distributions different from one another? Plus: Chromixium combines Ubuntu and Chrome OS. And Ubuntu 15.10 to be called Wily Werewolf.

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An interview with Linux pioneer Klaus Knopper

Linux legend Klaus Knopper to discuss his popular Knoppix Linux distribution as well as Linux and accessibility in open source software.

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Singapore’s prime minister shares his C++ Sudoku solver code

Lee Hsien Loong, who studied computer science in college, has shared a program he wrote several years ago to solve Sudoku puzzles.

How many Chrome OS devices do you own?

In today's open source roundup: Chrome OS users often own more than one device. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Ubuntu 15.04. And VLC 1.3.2 has been released for Android.

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Microsoft open-sources JavaScript tools

ManifoldJS turns Web experiences into native mobile apps, while Vorlon.JS offers remote JavaScript debugging.

SteamOS and Debian 8 Jesse

In today's open source roundup: Will SteamOS use Debian 8 Jesse? Plus: Microsoft wants Android apps to run on Windows Phone. And Google's Project Fi app available in Play Store.

Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code for Linux

In today's open source roundup: Microsoft offers .NET tool for Linux. Plus: SuperTuxKart gets a major upgrade. And play the Chocolate Doom game in Debian.

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Breathe new life into your old hardware using Linux

Don’t throw away that old computer that can’t run anything above Windows XP. Give it new life with Linux!

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Why I use KDE's Plasma, and why I am excited about Plasma 5.3

The just-released version 5.3 of Plasma brings many improvements and features, and these improvements give us a glimpse of the meticulousness of KDE developers.

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jQuery’s creator annotates his original source code

John Resig has provided commentary and background on the creation of one of the most widely-used JavaScript libraries.

Is Linux Mint better than Ubuntu?

In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint versus Ubuntu. Plus: KDE releases Plasma 5.3. And screenshot tours of Debian 8 Cinnamon.

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Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages? Here is the complete story

Canonical loves to shake things up. After introducing Unity, HUD, Mir, Click and Snappy the sponsor of Ubuntu is now contemplating moving away from just .deb based desktop and adopting its own Snappy.

Debian 8 released

In today's open source roundup: Debian 8 Jesse has been released. Plus: Did open source principles matter when Linux was created? And can you play games on a Chromebox computer?

Ubuntu 15.04 reviews

In today's open source roundup: Reviews of Ubuntu 15.04. Plus: Hidden options in Ubuntu 15.04. And Kubuntu 15.04 has been released.

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