KDE 4.10 delivers key updates across the board

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Hard on the heels of news earlier this week that KDE has been named the best desktop environment in a recent Linux user survey, the team behind the popular project on Wednesday launched a fresh new version of the software.

Six months following the release of KDE 4.9 last August, the new KDE Software Compilation 4.10 now officially takes that version's place as the latest release.

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Which Linux distro is best? Survey says: Slackware

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One of the biggest ongoing challenges for Linux advocates has always been that there is such a paucity of data available to demonstrate the preferences of the people who are actually using the free and open source operating system.

That's especially true on the desktop, where virtually countless different flavors are available as a free download for every taste and purpose, but for which there's really no way to take an accurate count, since typically they don't ever get associated with any sales statistics.

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New Linux distro would target disabled users

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There are more than a billion people around the globe living with some sort of disability today, yet software in general and operating systems in particular are just beginning to address their computing needs.

Microsoft's Windows 8 reportedly brought with it some accessibility improvements, and now a new project on the Linux side aims to take such efforts even further with a brand-new Linux distribution specifically targeting disabled users.

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Weekend project: Check out ROSA Linux 2012

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With all the excellent Linux distributions available today, it can be easy to focus exclusively on the few that dominate the headlines, such as Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint, Fedora, and Mageia Linux, to name just a few.

Scanning DistroWatch is a nice way to regain some perspective, replete as it is with details and announcements about virtually countless others out there, but every once in a while one jumps out from the news as being particularly compelling.

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Booting Linux via UEFI can 'brick' some Samsung laptops

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A problem with a kernel driver for Samsung laptops has caused numerous users to find their machines “bricked” after trying to boot Linux on them.

That's according to several reports on the Ubuntu Linux bug tracker that name the 530U3C, NP700Z7C, NP700Z5C, and 300E5C series as among the Samsung PCs involved in the problem, which occurs when users boot Linux via the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

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10 open source projects to watch this year

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Open source software projects may not typically have the marketing budgets necessary to match launch events like the one Microsoft just held for Office 2013, but that doesn't mean their products are any less valuable.

Canonical surely came close in terms of hype with its Ubuntu phone announcement just after New Year's, but this week Black Duck Software brought a brand-new crop of open players to light.

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Not ready for Office 2013? Here are five open alternatives

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Between Microsoft's October launch of Windows 8 and Tuesday's rollout of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365, there's no denying that it's been a decision-filled few months for PC users.

It seems safe to say that Windows 8 has not been received as enthusiastically as Microsoft might have liked, but Office is of course a whole different ballgame, as they say.

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