Two Ubuntu Linux versions can now work with Secure Boot

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After many months of painstaking effort, the problems caused by Microsoft's Windows 8 “Secure Boot” technology are finally being solved for Linux users.

We've already seen major distribution updates such as Fedora 18 include technology to enable booting on Windows 8 Secure Boot hardware, but only last week—after considerable delay—did the Linux Foundation release its Linux Foundation Secure Boot System, a Microsoft-signed mini bootloader for making that possible across the board.

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Two Linux tablet projects take a step forward

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Between the tiny PC phenomenon and the growing number of PCs shipping with Linux preloaded over the past year, there's been no shortage of hardware announcements for Linux fans.

It's been a little less active on the tablet front, but just this week two separate announcements emerged about Linux tablets we've been waiting for.

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For a sneak peek at Ubuntu phones, try this Android app

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Canonical made quite a splash at the start of this year when it announced Ubuntu for phones, but—apart from what it demonstrated at the time—we're still waiting both for the downloadable image it promised to provide for the Galaxy Nexus and for specifics on actual devices.

Many outlets have reported that Ubuntu phones are due in October, but that's still far from certain. Work on apps, however, has clearly begun.

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'Chromebook Pixel': the Google PC we've been waiting for?

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There's been virtually no end in sight to the Chromebook phenomenon over the past few months, with new entries popping up practically every time you turn around.

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It was Acer and Samsung that kicked off the line, of course, but since then we've seen both HP and Lenovo join the fray.

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Not just Linux: Windows can 'brick' Samsung laptops too

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Late last month the word got out that some Samsung laptops have a problem booting Linux using UEFI, and late last week that problem began to look even worse.

Specifically, it now looks like Windows can “brick” some Samsung machines as well, suggesting that it's not a Linux-specific bug after all.

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Would Microsoft really bring Office to Linux?

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There's been a rumor floating around over the past few days that Microsoft is considering making a Linux version of its Office productivity software.

It's definitely no more than a rumor at this point, originating as it apparently did in the report of a single writer based on hearsay at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels last weekend.

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Six good reasons to download LibreOffice 4.0

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It's been just a few weeks since the first LibreOffice 4.0 release candidate made its debut, but on Thursday the Document Foundation officially launched the final version of the free and open source office productivity suite.


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