Shuttleworth ruffles feathers with Ubuntu Linux 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' plans

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Canonical's launch on Thursday of Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” was met with considerable jubilation from Linux fans around the world, not least because of the bold slogan that launched with it.

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“Avoid the pain of Windows 8” was the text that accompanied the new Ubuntu's launch, and thousands of fans quickly made their approval apparent over the course of the day on Google+.

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Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' takes flight at last

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There's never any shortage of excitement and anticipation surrounding the major updates to Ubuntu Linux that arrive twice each year, and Thursday's brand-new release is no exception.

This time, however, the timing is particularly fortuitous.

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Five reasons to try the new Razor-qt Linux desktop

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Those in the homogeneous Windows world may be bracing themselves anxiously for the impending arrival of Windows 8 with its controversial Metro interface, but for Linux users, the array of desktop choices just keeps on expanding.

That's not to say that there aren't controversial changes happening on the Linux side as well, of course--just see Unity and GNOME 3 for more on that--but it seems fair to say they're less nerve-wracking for users because of the sheer number of alternatives.


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Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option

As the arrival of Windows 8 draws ever nearer, it's not surprising to see the debut of a flurry of devices featuring the new OS.

There's no doubt a great deal is riding on Windows 8, but it remains to be seen whether consumers will take to its cross-device approach or not, as usability experts have pointed out.

No wonder, then, that some PC makers are hedging their bets.

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Rejected by Kickstarter? 'Roll your own' with Selfstarter instead

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There's been no shortage of controversy surrounding Kickstarter this year as the crowdfunding platform has gained popularity, prompting the institution of new rules and belt-tightening measures in recent months.

Now, however, there's a brand-new alternative: Meet Selfstarter, an open source platform that lets anyone “roll their own” crowdfunding effort by simply forking its code.

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New FSF logo highlights hardware that 'Respects Your Freedom'

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Back in August the Free Software Foundation launched a new logo program aimed at helping buyers of digital content avoid products encumbered with Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions, so it only makes sense to see the advocacy group follow up this week with a similar effort targeting hardware.

Dubbed “Respects Your Freedom,” the new program offers certification and an official mark that can be displayed on qualifying devices.

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Linux Foundation unveils a workaround for Win 8 Secure Boot

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Scarcely a week goes by these days without the emergence of some new approach to the vexing “Secure Boot” problem facing Linux users on Windows 8 hardware, and this week is no exception.

Not just one but two new discussions of the topic have popped up this week, in fact, beginning with a Sunday blog post from Red Hat developer Matthew Garrett, who first brought the problem to light.

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