Help improve LibreOffice 4.0 in a 'test marathon' this month

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If you've ever used free and open source software for any length of time, you're probably already aware that much of the work done to develop, test, and maintain that software is accomplished by what's typically a global community of developers and volunteers.

That, indeed, is one of the great strengths of open source, since the result is a product that's continually improved and updated, rather than depending on a single company's in-house schedule to catch and fix problems.

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Ubuntu Linux 13.04 hits alpha, but details are under wraps

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Even as Ubuntu Linux 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” continues to make headlines following its release back in October, work is proceeding in earnest on its successor, Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail.”

On Thursday, in fact, version 13.04 of the popular Linux distribution entered alphaa stage that typically gives fans of the open source operating system an early glimpse at what's to come.

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ZevenOS 5.0: a lightweight Linux with a multimedia twist

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There are Linux distributions out there for pretty much every taste and purpose, but every once in a while I'll come across one that seems especially intriguing.

That happened this week with the release of ZevenOS 5.0, a Linux distro that's based on the lightweight Xubuntu but adds a multimedia focus.

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Ekiga 4.0 offers a fresh, open source Skype alternative

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Longtime users of Ubuntu Linux may already be familiar with open source Ekiga, which used to be the default Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) client in that popular Linux distribution, but late last month the telephony software got a major update.

Arriving some three years after the previous release, Ekiga 4.0also known as "The Victory Release"is now available, offering a fresh new Skype alternative for users of Linux and Windows alike.

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VALO-CD serves a smorgasbord of open source Windows apps

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It's no secret that free and open source software holds numerous advantages for business users. That, indeed, is one of the many reasons Ubuntu Linux has become such an attractive alternative for those faced with Windows 8 as the next step on their operating-system upgrade path.

Whether or not you choose to switch to Linux, however, you can still enjoy many of the benefits of open source software in other areas of your computing environment. After all, there are countless excellent open source alternatives for Microsoft Office and numerous other expensive favorites, and they're free to try, use, and modify as your needs dictate.

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The 'true Linux' PengPod line will ship in January

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If you were among the many Linux fans whose interest was piqued by the PengPod “true Linux” tablet and mini PC line announced a few weeks ago, then this past weekend brought some good news for you.

Specifically, the project—which last month was still seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo—surpassed its funding goal of $49,000, meaning it can now take the next step into production.

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Dell's 'Sputnik' Ubuntu Linux ultrabook: First in a new line?

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Linux fans may recall the excitement that greeted the launch of Dell's “Project Sputnik” earlier this year.

Made possible through an internal skunkworks effort, the project aimed to create an Ubuntu-preloaded laptop targeting developers, in particular, with what Dell has called a “client to cloud” solution.

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