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The Meizu X4 is the first compelling Ubuntu phone

But alas, a U.S. release hasn't been announced yet.

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How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide

Trying Linux is easy--you can even install it on a USB drive or disc to try it out before committing. Enter the world of open-source here.

Tails 1.4 polishes up the privacy-obsessed Linux OS trusted by Edward Snowden

Tails, the operating system trusted by Edward Snowden, just released a new version. Here's what you'll find in it, as well as what all the Tails hub-bub is about.

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It's optional for now, but Linux Mint expects to switch to systemd next year

Recent media reports suggested Linux Mint is consciously shying away from systemd. Nope.

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Ubuntu's Unity 8 is prepping for phone-PC convergence, but still has a long way to go

The Unity 8 interface is the key to Ubuntu's vision of phone-PC convergence, but it's still bristling with rough edges.

Ubuntu may beat Windows 10 to phone-PC convergence after all

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says Canonical will launch a phone capable of being used as a PC later in 2015, possibly ahead of Windows 10 phones.

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Windows 10 just beat Ubuntu to the smartphone-PC convergence punch

With Windows 10's universal apps and Continuum for phones, Microsoft is turning Ubuntu's dream of convergence into cold, hard reality.

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Here's what's new in 7 Ubuntu 15.04 offshoot 'flavors,' from Kubuntu to Ubuntu MATE

Beyond the core release, the launch of Ubuntu 15.04 brings some significant changes to Ubuntu's various offshoots, too.

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Debian 8.0 'Jessie' is out and even Microsoft is celebrating

After two years in the making, here's what you'll find inside Debian 8.0.


Ubuntu 15.04 'Vivid Vervet' released: Revamped (again) menus, systemd, 'Snappy Core' for smart devices, and more

Ubuntu 15.04 also serves as the base Canonical's Internet of Things ambitions and the first commercially available Ubuntu Phone.

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The best free, open-source software for everyday PC users

These 10 programs are powerful, intuitive, full-featured—and completely free and open-source.

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Why Nvidia graphics cards are the worst for open-source, but the best for Linux gaming

Nvidia's graphics cards are flat-out the best option available for Linux gamers--but only if you're willing to use the company's closed-source drivers.

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Forget flash sales: The first Ubuntu Phone is now available to buy all the time

At least in Europe. Ubuntu Phone fans in other parts of the world still have to wait, but your patience could be rewarded with a much more capable device than BQ's initial Ubuntu Phone.

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Linux 4.0 brings Skynet closer to existence, offers reboot-free kernel patching

With Linux 4.0, we're one step closer to the version of Linux used by the T-800 Terminator. But it's full of handy improvements!

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Don't hold your breath: Why Windows won't be open-source any time soon

Windows going open-source is 'definitely possible,' a senior Microsoft executive says--but don't hold your breath.