Ubuntu Linux gets a new official flavor

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Ubuntu fans may recall Ubuntu GNOME Remix, the unofficial flavor of the Linux distribution that was launched last fall for users not fond of the software's default Unity desktop environment.

Following hard on the heels of the release of Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal,” the new GNOME Remix version was created “to bring the best of GNOME to Ubuntu users,” in the words of its developers.

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Chrome OS holds firm against hackers at Pwnium 3

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The Pwn2Own 2013 and Pwnium 3 hacking competitions may have both taken place in the same locale last week—specifically, the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, B.C.—but the differences in their outcomes could not have been more striking.

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Hackers were the winners in this year's Pwn2Own competition.

Pwn2Own 2013, held by HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), focused on browsers and browser plug-ins this year, and it was a scene of widespread figurative bloodshed (see results at right) for the software being tested.

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LibreOffice update brings remote presentation app to Windows, Mac

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One of the highlights of the Document Foundation's LibreOffice 4.0 release last month was the addition of Impress Remote, a mobile app that lets users control LibreOffice presentations from their Android phone.


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The Chromebook Pixel gets a thumbs-up from Linus Torvalds

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Reactions to Google's new Chromebook Pixel may have been mixed so far, but at least one high-profile figure in the world of IT can't seem to say enough good things about the device.

“I've joined all the cool kids in having one of the new Google 'Pixel' laptops (aka Chromebooks),” wrote Linux creator Linus Torvalds in a Google+ post on Tuesday. “And it is a beautifulscreen, to the point where I suspect I'll make this my primary laptop.”

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With convergence in mind, Ubuntu Linux scraps Wayland

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Longtime Ubuntu Linux fans may remember Canonical's announcement back in 2010 that it was planning to adopt the OpenGL-based Wayland display management system instead of the venerable X Window system for Ubuntu Linux.

That intent was reiterated last May by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in Ubuntu Open Week, but now it looks like plans have changed.

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Chrome 26 hits beta with a new spell-checking engine

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Hard on the heels of last week's release of the Chrome 25 browser into the Stable Channel, Google on Tuesday pushed its eventual successor—Chrome 26—into beta.

Whereas Chrome 25 was most notable for its inclusion of a new JavaScript Web Speech application programming interface (API)—allowing developers to include speech recognition features in their applications—the new Chrome 26 beta stands out primarily for its use of a new spell-checking engine.

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Five new features coming in openSUSE Linux 12.3

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It took almost a year for openSUSE Linux 12.2 to arrive after the launch of its predecessor, but version 12.3 of the popular Linux distribution is apparently coming along more quickly.

On Thursday, in fact—less than six months after 12.2 arrived—the openSUSE project announced the release of the second and last release candidate of openSUSE 12.3, which is due to appear in final form next month.

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