Five things to like About Debian 7.0 'Wheezy'

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After more than two years of development, the Debian project on Saturday released the long-awaited version 7.0 of its venerable Linux distribution.

Code-named “Wheezy,” the new release brings several compelling new features, including an improved installer, multiarch support, tools for deploying private clouds, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front ends that remove the need for third-party repositories.

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Google and Adobe beautify fonts on Linux, iOS

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Users of Android, Chrome OS, Linux, and iOS devices may not realize it, but FreeType open source software is used to render fonts on more than a billion such devices. Not only that, but the FreeType project this week got a significant update from none other than Adobe and Google.


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New Chromebooks coming this year from Asus and Acer, report suggests

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Hard on the heels of the news that the Linux kernel itself has now added Chromebook support, other reports this week suggest that the ongoing popularity of devices that use Google's Linux-based Chrome OS operating system will likely continue unabated throughout the year.

We've already seen PC makers including Lenovo, Samsung, HP, and Acer join the Chromebook fray, and now it looks like a slew of new devices based on Web-centric Chrome OS are planned for release this year, including brand-new devices from Asus and Acer.

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From the ashes of Fuduntu, FuSE Linux is born

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Scarcely two weeks after announcing that it would be shutting its doors later this year, the Fuduntu Linux team on Sunday announced that they have decided instead to end the project immediately.

“After monitoring project activity and traffic and also reviewing all of the feedback from the community concerning our EOL, I have decided to end the project effective today,” wrote project team member Fewt in a weekend blog post. “This means that beginning with our last merge from testing to stable, which should happen today or tomorrow, there will be no additional updates to Fuduntu.”

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Linux kernel 3.9 adds full Chrome OS support

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel, and particularly intriguing among numerous new features and improvements is support for laptops running Google's Chrome OS.

“Whatever the reason, this week has been very quiet, which makes me much more comfortable doing the final 3.9 release, so I guess the last -rc8 ended up working,” wrote Torvalds in the release announcement early Monday.

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Fedora 19 alpha offers a peek at what's coming

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It's been about three months since the release of Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow,” but this week afforded the first glimpse at the next version of the popular Linux distribution.

Arriving just a week behind schedule, the alpha version of Fedora 19, code-named "Schrödinger's Cat," comes packed with several new features as well as an assortment of updated packages.

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Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' debuts, to be followed by 'Saucy Salamander'

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Canonical on Thursday announced the final release of Ubuntu Linux 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” for both desktop PCs and servers.

On the desktop side, this new release delivers performance and quality improvements that make it the “fastest and most visually polished Ubuntu experience” to date, Canonical said. Ubuntu Server 13.04, meanwhile, offers OpenStack with high availability as a standard feature along with scalable storage and big data deployment capabilities.

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