Linux group hits Microsoft with complaint over 'Secure Boot'

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It's long been clear that Linux users are more than a little unhappy with the “Secure Boot” technology implemented by default in Windows 8 hardware, but in Spain, one group has decided to do more than simply try to work around it.

Specifically, on Tuesday Linux group Hispalinux filed a 14-page complaint with the Madrid office of the European Commission, calling Secure Boot an “obstruction mechanism,” according to Reuters.

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Linux distro update: Ubuntu slashes support, Debian 7.0 draws near

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It wasn't all that long ago that Canonical extended the support period for Long Term Support (LTS) releases of its Ubuntu Linux from three years to five, but last week it made a move in the opposite direction for its non-LTS software.

Specifically, beginning with Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail,” which is due in April, Canonical will reduce the support period for interim versions of its popular Linux distribution  from 18 months to just nine.

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Have an older PC? Try the new Ubuntu Linux-based LXLE

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For users of Microsoft Windows, frequent hardware upgrades tend to be a fact of life in order to keep each new iteration of the resources-hungry operating system running smoothly.

Not so Linux, however, which is renowned for its generally small footprint and minimal hardware demands.

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Mozilla: Has Firefox become too customizable?

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Customizability has always been a big part of Firefox's appeal for many users, but lately at least some within Mozilla are wondering if the open source browser's options have become too numerous.

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“If I told you that a company is shipping a product to hundreds of millions of users right now, and included in the product are several prominent buttons that will break the product completely if you click them, and possibly lock you out from the Internet — can you guess which product it is?” began Alex Limi, who works on product design strategy at Mozilla, in a blog post on Monday.

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Ready for a new Google Docs alternative? Meet open source OX Documents

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As the free trial period for Microsoft Office 2013 draws to a close, it's a pretty safe bet that more users than ever are thinking long and hard about whether or not to buy or subscribe.

There's no doubt competitors such as the open source LibreOffice and the browser-based Google Docs offer compelling alternatives, but soon there will be yet another contender to consider.

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Like Ubuntu Linux? This week, help make it better

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It's no secret that Linux offers an increasingly compelling alternative for business users in this mobile-influenced computing era, complete with desktop interfaces and a variety of user-experience options designed for solid desktop productivity.

Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution is surely among the more popular flavors with business users, of course, and this week, fans of the free and open source operating system have a chance to do their bit to help make it even better.

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Ubuntu Linux 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' hits beta 1

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Fans of Ubuntu Linux may recall that the Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle is a little different from those of versions past, as Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth outlined back in October.

Not only is a new “skunkworks” approach being brought to bear on the next upcoming version of the popular Linux distribution, but there are also fewer milestone versions being released along the way.

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