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KDE Community announces fully open source Plasma Mobile

Watch out Canonical, here comes another fully open source mobile OS.

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Which is the best Linux distro for a new user?

There are hundreds of Linux-based distributions out there and it’s hard to pick the right one, but I did.

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Linux Foundation offers cheaper courses and certifications for India

This makes India the first region in which the Linux Foundation will offer country-specific pricing on select training and certification products

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How to ditch the iOS 9 preview and go back to iOS 8

For iPhone users who took the plunge into the iOS 9 beta program and have now decided they prefer the more stable iOS 8, there's good news. You can roll back your iPhone's operating system. Here's how.

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A detailed history of Android -- from 2003 to today

An online learning site posted a timeline of Android history, and it serves as a vivid reminder that not so long ago, the mobile juggernaut was just tiny blip in the tech world.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 comes with new security features

The new version of RHEL comes with many new features that enhance security and stability.

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How to install Linux on a PC with Secure Boot enabled

Installing Linux isn't as easy as it used to be, thanks to the Secure Boot requirements enforced by recent versions of Windows.

Cortana headed to many new markets later this year

Following the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft's virtual assistant will be available in a bunch more countries

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Linus Torvalds rides in fighter jets for relaxation (and 4 other facts about the father of Linux)

Last week Torvalds flew in a fighter jet to take a break from kernel releases and blasted the Gmail team for throwing legit mails in the spam folder.

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Canonical changes licensing terms to comply with GPL

Canonical’s IP policy is now in compliance with GNU GPL, but derivatives must be extra careful when basing their work on Ubuntu.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 previews as it nears official launch

It's unclear whether activation codes would be provided at some future point for those who want to test Windows 10 after the official launch, and do a fresh install rather than an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1.

Microsoft boosts stability for Windows 10 mobile with new beta release

Build 10166 is short on new features, but long on bug fixes, including a few major problems

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Microsoft becomes first 2015 Gold contributor to openBSD Foundation

The move makes good on an earlier statement by Angel Calvo, Microsoft's PowerShell Team Group Software Engineering Manager, that they won't be just adopting openSSH, they will also be contributing to it.

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Richard Stallman 'basically' has no problem with the NSA using GNU/Linux

It's Stallman's philosophy that 'a program must not restrict what jobs its users do with it' -- and that includes the NSA.

Microsoft shrinks smartphone ambitions with mobile restructuring

The job cuts announced today likely signal the company will make fewer Windows phones

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Is Windows Nano Server a data center game-changer?

Windows 10 might be getting all the attention, but Microsoft’s new Nano Server could start a quiet revolution in server rooms across the globe.

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Ouster of Kubuntu founder leaves its future in doubt

A disagreement between the founder of Kubuntu and the Ubuntu Community Council has roiled the Linux community and left the project rudderless, as Jonathan Riddell left Kubuntu’s governing body late last month.

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Exposing the source: 18 pieces of classic software whose code is now accessible

The source code behind proprietary software doesn’t always remain hidden forever. Here are a number of examples where the code behind well-known applications has come to light

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