A Halloween treat for Linux and Mac users: CrossOver is free today

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Whatever your take on the relative proportions of the desktop market accounted for by Mac and Linux users, the fact remains that there are still an awful lot of applications out there that target Windows.

One solution for getting Windows software to run on these other platforms is the free and open source Wine compatibility layer, as I noted when Wine 1.4 was released earlier this year.

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Ubuntu Linux's Amazon integration gets a thumbs-down from the EFF

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There's been a considerable bit of feather-ruffling caused lately by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux.

Most recently, of course, was Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth's controversial announcement about the development strategy for the upcoming Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail."

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There are many reasons why users might want to keep their searches private, the EFF notes (Click image to enlarge.)
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Goodbye and farewell to Ubuntu Linux 11.04 'Natty Narwhal'

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For longtime users of Ubuntu Linux, it may feel like just yesterday that Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” first came out.

It's a particularly memorable release, of course, because it was the first desktop version of Canonical's popular Linux distribution to use the controversial Unity desktop by default.

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For a beginner-friendly distro, try Linux Lite 1.0.0

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For all the media attention that goes to Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and the other leading Linux distributions, casual observers would have to be forgiven if they have no idea that hundreds of other distributions are out there as well, each with a particular purpose and target audience in mind.

New ones pop up regularly, too, offering yet another fresh twist on the desktop Linux theme.

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Don't like Ubuntu's Unity? Try the new GNOME Remix instead

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We've known for some time that a “pure GNOME” version of Ubuntu Linux was in the works, and following last week's release of Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal,” the first GNOME Remix of the software has now made its debut as well.

“The Ubuntu GNOME Remix is an unofficial Ubuntu flavor that aims to bring the best of GNOME to Ubuntu users,” explained developer Jeremy Bicha in the official announcement last week. “The 12.10 release is our first stable release and is recommended for anyone interested in the GNOME experience.”

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System76 debuts a sleek, all-in-one desktop PC featuring Ubuntu Linux

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There's no doubt the PC market is in the midst of a rush of hardware introductions featuring Microsoft's new Windows 8, but fortunately for buyers, those aren't the only choices out there.

Case in point: Linux-friendly vendor System76 on Wednesday treated fans of the free and open source operating system  to a splashy debut of its own. The hardware in question? None other than a sleek new all-in-one desktop PC.

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Ubuntu Tweak: After three days 'dead,' user outcry brings it back to life

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There's nothing like absence to make the heart grow fonder, as the old saying goes, and that's apparently just as true for software projects as it is for people.

Case in point: Ubuntu Tweak.

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