The 'Linux Diversity' collection: One kit, 10 Linux distros

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With all the wide variety of free and open source software out there, it can sometimes feel like an insurmountable challenge to download and try each and every one that interests you.

That's where a one-stop sampler can be especially useful.

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Mac users get an official Ubuntu One client

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Google's Drive file storage and synchronization service may often claim a larger share of headlines than Canonical's competing Ubuntu One cloud service does, but this week Ubuntu One gained a critical competitive edge.



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Three new features coming in Linux Mint 15

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It's been just a few weeks since the launch of Linux Mint 14 “Nadia,” but already the project behind the popular distribution has been making plans for its next release.

In fact, last week project lead Clement Lefebvre laid out a roadmap for Linux Mint 15, whose nickname is still to be decided.

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Coming soon: A new, open laptop from the creator of Chumby

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Open source software has become an increasingly widespread part of the computing world thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Linux, Firefox, LibreOffice, and other prominent examples. Fully open hardware, however, is still much less common.

Just a few weeks ago we saw the emergence of the Raspberry Pi-style A13-OLinuXino, but over the weekend another interesting contender came to light: a new, open laptop from the creator of the Chumby Internet device.

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After three years, Slax Linux is reborn with version 7.0

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There's no denying 2012 has been a fruitful year for Linux distributions in general, but something about it has also seemed to favor the rebirth of distros we hadn't heard from in years.

Two cases in point: Back in August we saw the widely celebrated return of Damn Small Linux  after four years of silence, and just this week another very similar event happened.

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Linux 3.8 will drop support for Intel 386 chips

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Launched back in 1985, the venerable i386 processor has served countless PC users around the globe long and well, but recently the developers of the Linux kernel decided to drop support for it.

“This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity,” wrote  developer Ingo Molnar when submitting the change on Tuesday.

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Coming in Ubuntu Linux 13.04: instant purchases from the desktop

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Canonical may not have published an official alpha release for its core Ubuntu Linux 13.04 OS last weekor a corresponding list of new featuresbut on Friday the company did reveal some specifics about what's coming in this next version of its popular Linux distribution.

In fact, Cristian Parrino, Canonical's vice president of online services, outlined three key new features in a post on the Canonical blog.

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