Key updates have arrived for Fuduntu and PCLinuxOS

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Much of the Linux world may be awaiting the final release of the high-profile Ubuntu Linux 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” later this month, but that doesn't mean the many other Linux distributions are standing still.

The "News and Updates" section on tracking site DistroWatch is just as busy as ever. This week, two popular Linux distributions came out with significant updates that are particularly worth mentioning. One is Fuduntu, my current distro of choice, and the other is PCLinuxOS.

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With Firefox 22, Mozilla escalates the tracking battle

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“Do Not Track” capabilities have been controversial ever since they first appeared in Firefox 4 back in 2011, but earlier this year the battle became even more intense when Mozilla announced that it planned to begin blocking third-party cookies by default.

Two groups representing the online ad industry spoke out in bitter protest, charging that the move is "really little more than one company imposing its will in order to control its consumers’ online experience," as the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) put it.

Mozilla appears undaunted, however, and on Friday its free and open source Firefox 22 browser appeared in the early, pre-beta Aurora channel as planned, complete with the auto-block privacy features that were so hotly protested.

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Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' drops Wubi in final beta

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Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” may have technically hit beta 1 a few weeks ago, but at the time there was no beta release to test and try out. Rather, the only variations with actual beta images to see were Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

Users hungry for a taste of the next main release of Canonical's popular Linux distribution can now get their fill, however, thanks to a second beta release that just came out, complete with software to download and take for a spin.

The Wubi installer (Click image to enlarge.)
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It's an ideal time to have Linux skills, SUSE exec says

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Even as the job market has remained generally dismal for much of the working world over the past few years, there have been a few notable exceptions.

Not only have those in IT generally faced better prospects, but the outlook for those with Linux skills has been even brighter. Year after year, surveys conducted by the Linux Foundation and others have found increasing demand for Linux know-how, as talent-hungry companies have struggled to fill such positions.



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Three Ubuntu Linux versions will reach end of life in May

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Hard on the heels of Canonical's decision last month to halve the support life for non-LTS releases of Ubuntu Linux, the company late last week announced that three versions of its popular Linux distribution will reach end of life in May.

Support for the server version of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) "Hardy Heron," the desktop version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx,” and both desktop and server versions of Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” will end on May 9, Canonical announced in a blog post on Friday.

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As Mozilla turns 15, Firefox 20 debuts with new privacy features

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Late last year Mozilla revealed a new private-browsing feature that was in the works for an upcoming version of its Firefox browser, and that's just what appeared in Mozilla's Final Release channel on Tuesday.



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GNOME 3.8 delivers more privacy and a new 'classic' mode

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Linux fans may recall the GNOME project's announcement late last fall that it was planning to drop its "fallback" mode aimed at systems incapable of 3D rendering and to deliver a brand-new "classic" mode instead.

Sure enough, last week saw the launch of GNOME 3.8, and there among numerous major new features and enhancements was the promised GNOME Classic traditionally flavored desktop.

Classic mode delivers a GNOME 2-like experience (Click image to enlarge.)
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