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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Should you trust that report? Open-source tool can help

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The Web has put a wealth of good information within closer reach than ever before—but as any Internet user knows, it’s done the same for all the heaps of misinformation out there.

Aiming to help news consumers distinguish legitimate original content from repurposed or paid content, the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation on Tuesday launched “Churnalism,” an open-source Web tool and browser extension designed to identify reports that are essentially repackaged press releases or Wikipedia articles.

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First Firefox OS developer phones are already sold out

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The first two developer smartphones running Mozilla's upstart Firefox OS went on sale Tuesday morning and then quickly sold out.

Manufactured and sold by Spain-based Geeksphone, the new devices were both described as “developer preview” handsets intended for app makers interested in building and testing applications for Firefox OS.

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Coming soon to Linux: A lightweight KDE alternative

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Choice has always been a hallmark of the desktop Linux world, where users can select not just the distribution they prefer but also the desktop environment, among virtually countless other features.

Soon, however, the pool of desktop options will get even bigger thanks to a new project that recently launched.

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Open source is taking over the software world, survey says

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It's been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general.

Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey, which found that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices.

"It's been recognized that software is eating the world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “Our survey points to the fact that open source is eating the software world."

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Six good reasons to try Manjaro Linux 0.8.5

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Monday may have brought the disappointing news that Fuduntu Linux will soon close its doors, but another young, up-and-coming Linux distribution appears to be continuing along its upward path without interruption.

Manjaro Linux, a distro I first covered only a few months ago, just released a fresh update, and it's particularly notable for the addition of a graphical installer and other beginner-friendly features.

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