Linus Torvalds speaks out with a Secure Boot plan

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The ongoing “Secure Boot” saga has already caused no end of controversy in the Linux community over the past eighteen months or so, but the vitriol that's been made apparent so far pales in comparison with that evident in a recent debate on the Linux kernel developer mailing list.

Linux creator Linus Torvalds

It all started last Thursday, when Red Hat developer David Howells submitted a request for changes to be made to Linux kernel 3.9 to extend Linux support for Secure Boot.

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'Ubuntu Touch Port-a-Thon': 25 devices and counting

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Just two days after Canonical's launch of Ubuntu Linux for tablets, the company released the developer's preview image it had promised for both tablets and phones.

With images and installation instructions for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets as well as smartphones including the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, the preview release was designed to show “how well the vision of a design family across different form factors works,” as Ubuntu developer Daniel Holbach explained in a blog post last Friday.

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Where things stand with Sailfish OS and Tizen

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Between the many announcements coming out of Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week and the news that continues to be made even outside it, Linux-based mobile operating systems seem to be dominating more than their usual share of the headlines over the past few days.

Mozilla certainly made the biggest splash at MWC with its potentially game-changing Firefox OS news, but also emerging on Monday was word that LG is acquiring webOS.

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Meet Manjaro Linux, a brand-new distro on the rise

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With virtually countless Linux distributions available for every taste and purpose, it's no secret that choice is a defining feature of the Linux world. What's not always apparent, though, is that the range of choices actually gets bigger every year.

New distros come onto the scene on a fairly regular basis; SolusOS and Fuduntu Linux are two I've covered over the past few months, but recently another one caught my eye as being particularly worth covering.

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Dell's 'Sputnik' Ubuntu Linux laptop gets a key upgrade

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Although it's oriented primarily towards developers, Dell's "Project Sputnik" Ubuntu Linux ultrabook has attracted considerable interest from Linux fans.

When I spoke with Barton George, a Dell director, upon the North American launch last fall of the XPS 13 Developer Edition, he noted two common requests that came up during the testing process: a "big brother version" with beefier specs, and availability outside the United States.

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Companies are desperately seeking Linux talent, report says

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Here's even more good news for IT professionals with Linux skills. Last month, we got word from IT careers site Dice that salaries in Linux jobs are going up, and on Wednesday the Linux Foundation and Dice jointly presented a report of more promising findings.

"The 2013 Linux Jobs Report shows that there is unlimited opportunity for college graduates and technology professionals who want to pursue careers in Linux," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation.

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Canonical unwraps Ubuntu Linux for tablets

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It's been just a few weeks since Canonical announced Ubuntu for phones, but on Tuesday the company followed up by taking the wraps off the software's tablet counterpart.

Among the most notable features offered by Ubuntu for tablets are a new capability Canonical calls “side stage” multitasking along with full disk encryption, multiple secure user accounts, and convergence across phone, tablet, TV, and PC form factors.

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