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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.


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.

Red Hat broadens programming language support

RHEL can now support multiple versions of a single programming language, such as Python

Ubuntu 15.04 released

In today's open source roundup: Download the final release of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet). Plus: Are Chromebooks taking over from tablets? And you can now order Intel's Compute Stick.


OpenOffice development is looking grim as developers flock to LibreOffice

Development on the free productivity suite is down to just 16 people, and the support system for new contributors is sorely lacking.

Ubuntu 15.04 will ship with Canonical's own browser

In today's open source roundup: Canonical's browser will be in Ubuntu 15.04. Plus: Should a newbie programmer switch to Ubuntu from Windows? And an Ubuntu user switches to Kubuntu.

Fedora 22 beta released

In today's open source roundup: Download the Fedora 22 beta. Plus: VMWare launches its own version of Linux. And eight useful Linux file managers.

Chromebooks get Google Now and Material Design in Chrome OS 42

In today's open source roundup: Chrome OS 42 includes Material Design and Google Now. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint Debian Edition 2. And six reasons why Linux is a good choice for users with disabilities.

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How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

You've paid good money for a high-resolution display. Here's how to enjoy it with Linux's GNOME desktop. changed how the US military develops software

In today's open source roundup: Open source has changed how the US military develops software. Plus: Forty Linux terminal commands. And great extensions for Google's Chrome browser.

The blue screen of death in Linux?

In today's open source roundup: A user got the infamous blue screen of Linux! Plus: Nvidia's new hardware is not open source friendly. And rsync as a Time Machine type backup for Unix.

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