Ubuntu for phones makes its official debut

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It's been close to a year since Canonical announced Ubuntu for Android, the smartphone version of its popular Linux distribution that's designed to launch the full Ubuntu desktop when an Android phone is docked with a keyboard and monitor.


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Make 2013 the year you switch to Linux

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For many PC users, the prospect of switching away from Mac or Windows and onto Linux can be a nerve-wracking one.


After all, Linux holds only a minority share of the desktop market, and not all of us know people who are already using it. The idea of making the switch can often feel like taking a blind leap into the unknown.

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Five Linux predictions for 2013

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Now that the final curtain is about to drop on the year that was 2012, there's no better time to look ahead and try to anticipate what 2013 will bring.

Predictions have been coming fast and furious throughout the tech press for some time already, of course, but not many focus on Linux.

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GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

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It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose.

For that reason, it's all the more striking when large numbers of users express a marked preference for the same thing.

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The GNOME 3.4 desktop (Click image to enlarge.)
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Five reasons 2012 was a great year for Linux

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The end of the year is always a good time to take stock of where things stand in any niche or field, and Linux is no exception.

There's no doubt that there have been challenges for the free and open source operating system over the course of 2012—the Secure Boot challenge  comes immediately to mind—but so, too, have there been numerous successes.

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Another year, another totally different top 10 Linux distros

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Between the new innovations that emerge practically every day and the fairly constant rate of change in general, things never stay the same for long in technology.

Case in point: DistroWatch's page hit rankings for Linux distributions. I've covered DistroWatch's top 10 at the end of each of the past two years, and the differences never fail to be striking.

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Turn your Raspberry Pi into a tiny Linux laptop

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Ever since the tiny $35 Raspberry Pi PC began shipping earlier this year, there's been virtually no limit to the fresh uses and extensions that have been envisioned for it.

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We've seen the credit card-sized device used in a DSLR battery grip, a Minecraft server, and a gaming console. Since its release it's been enhanced with an optimized OS, an overclocking tool, more RAM, and an app store.

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