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Rank #1: Linux Action News 142

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The real reason Rocket League is dropping support for Linux, Wine has a massive release, and the potential for Canonical's new Android in the cloud service.

Plus, our take on the FSF's Upcycle Windows 7 campaign, and the clever Chrome OS strategy upgrade for education in 2020.

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Jan 26 2020

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Rank #2: Linux Action News 33

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Chris and Joe look back at the big news stories of 2017, some notable trends, the changes that impacted Desktop Linux users, and the topics that dominated the community discussion.

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  • Arch Drops 32 bit --- The decision means that February ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Arch Linux. The next 9 months are deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging and repository tools will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.
  • Tails 3.0 will require a 64-bit processor --- We have waited for years until we felt it was the right time to do this switch. Still, this was a hard decision for us to make.
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Will Drop The 32-bit Desktop ISO --- There will no longer be any "ubuntu-desktop-i386.iso" produced. There is no longer any effective QA or testing being done on the Ubuntu i386 desktop image on actual 32-bit-only hardware.
  • Munich voted to return to Windows --- Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.
  • WSL added new distros and became easier to install --- At its Build 2017 developer conference today, Microsoft announced that Ubuntu has arrived in the Windows Store
  • Bitcoin Forked --- It was created by Bitcoin supporters worried about growing congestion in the mainstream bitcoin network that has led to slow payment processing and high fees. Bitcoin Cash removes an important technical obstacle that has hampered the growth of the mainline Bitcoin network. In principle, that could allow Bitcoin Cash to become more widely used---and hence more valuable---in the long run.
  • And Forked Again --- The trouble began earlier this year when a group of cryptocurrency upstarts cloned Bitcoin to create their own version, called Bitcoin Cash. The split, called a "hard fork," came after a long and acrimonious disagreement about how to get Bitcoin to handle more traffic failed to resolve amicably. Now, another group of Bitcoiners wants to create yet another version of the world's most popular digital money on October 25. They're calling it Bitcoin Gold.
  • And jumped around 20x in value this year --- Bitcoin is now worth over $10,000. The cryptocurrency, which crossed the milestone for the first time since its creation in 2008, surged past $10,000 on Tuesday evening as it climbs toward $11,000, according to research site CoinDesk. Bitcoin has spiked 933 percent since the beginning of the year, when it traded at $968.23, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  • The Ubuntu announcement that dominated the year --- This has been, personally, a very difficult decision, because of the force of my conviction in the convergence future, and my personal engagement with the people and the product, both of which are amazing. We feel like a family, but this choice is shaped by commercial constraints, and those two are hard to reconcile.
  • Cyanogenmod became Lineage OS --- A new fork of CyanogenMod called Lineage OS is taking up the mantle, and it will keep most of what you loved about CyanogenMod.
  • Sailfish carried on --- Today it's our pleasure to announce all the details for Sailfish X, aka Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X!
  • Android took a step towards solving the updates problem --- With Android O, we've been working very closely with device makers and silicon manufacturers to take steps toward solving this problem, and we're excited to give you a sneak peek at Project Treble, the biggest change to the low-level system architecture of Android to date.
  • Librem 5 funded --- This Monday, 14 days early, we have crossed a historic milestone.
  • Firefox OS officially died --- Mozilla is shutting down its "connected devices" group, which was responsible for the failed smartphone operating system Firefox OS and, more recently, attempts to build the OS into devices like routers, streaming boxes, and even basic computers.
  • Mozilla acquired Pocket --- Pocket will join Mozilla's product portfolio as a new product line alongside the Firefox web browsers with a focus on promoting the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content.
  • Launched Firefox Focus --- Firefox Focus allows you to browse the web without being followed by tracking ads which are notoriously known for slowing down your mobile experience.
  • Project Common Voice --- Voice is natural, voice is human. That's why we're fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But to create voice systems, an extremely large amount of voice data is required.
  • Firefox Quantum --- It's by far the biggest update we've had since we launched Firefox 1.0 in 2004
  • Faced a lawsuit over their Yahoo deal --- We recently exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what's best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users.

Dec 24 2017

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Rank #3: Linux Action News 46

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webOS is back, and the Linux Foundation has a Hypervisor for your car. Plus some of GNOME's performance issues, Firefox changes, and the hidden files in Bitcoin's blockchain.

Mar 24 2018

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Rank #4: Linux Action News 13

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Surprising details in how Ubuntu's Gnome desktop is getting implemented, Krita hits some troubles but the community comes to the rescue, Bitcoin splits, Firefox sends & Red Hat gives up on Btrfs.

Plus Amazon accuses BLU of spying on Android users & more!

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  • Krita Foundation in Trouble --- This means that the tax authorities see the Foundation is as partly a company, partly as not a company.
  • The Krita community came to the rescue --- We didn't expect the incredible response from all of you! A day later, over 500 awesome people have donated a total of €9562 (at the time of writing, check the fancy progress bar we've finally managed to create!). Fourteen people have joined the development fund, too!
  • More details about the GNOME experience in Ubuntu 17.10 --- e will implement thus our modifications as a GNOME Shell mode
  • Some BLU phones still phoning home to China --- BLU released a software update to address the issue, but Kryptowire researchers told CNET recently that some BLU phones still are still running the offending software... and Amazon has responded by suspending sales of all BLU phone models until the issue is resolved
  • Or are They? --- The reason data is being sent to a Chines server is because BLU is using an over-the-air update service called Adups, which is based in China, and which allows some phone makers to request a lot of personal data from users' phones. But after a related report from Kryptowire in 2016, BLU decided to start using Google's OTA update service on newer devices.
  • Bitcoin Cash split --- It was created by Bitcoin supporters worried about growing congestion in the mainstream bitcoin network that has led to slow payment processing and high fees.
  • Firefox Send --- Send files through a safe, private, and encrypted link that automatically expires to ensure your stuff does not remain online forever.
  • Firefox Test Pilot --- Try out the latest experimental features
  • Red Hat gives up on Btrfs? --- The Btrfs file system has been in Technology Preview state since the initial release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat will not be moving Btrfs to a fully supported feature and it will be removed in a future major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • Red Hat acquires Permabit --- Permabit offers data de-duplication and compression software and recently cooked ready-to-run Linux kernel modules of its wares after previously focusing on sales to OEMs.

Aug 06 2017

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Rank #5: Linux Action News 5

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A look at the future of the Ubuntu desktop and one of its flavors, plus Docker aims to improve Linux security upstream with LinuxKit.

And a LXQt confession.

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Jun 11 2017

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Rank #6: Linux Action News 91

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Firefox is standing out, Pine64 has a lot more cheap Linux hardware coming, and the good and the bad with the new Kodi Release.

Plus HP Joins LVFS, why you shouldn't expect a Raspberry Pi 4 in 2019, and more.

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Feb 03 2019

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Rank #7: Linux Action News 133

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Google, Mozilla, and GitLab make serious upgrades to their bug bounty programs, insights into Debian's renewed systemd debate, and how Microsoft and IBM are working together to fight patent trolls.

Plus our thoughts on LVFS for Chromebooks, and the recent Monero hack.

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Nov 24 2019

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Rank #8: Linux Action News 53

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It's confirmed Linux apps are coming to Chrome OS. Google is finally putting pressure on OEM's to ship security patches, and we try Android of Things.

Plus we get some clarity on CoreOS and Red Hat, and their strategy for cloud domination in the future.

May 13 2018

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Rank #9: Linux Action News 116

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Fedora CoreOS introduced its future looks bright, VLC's president debunks security claims, Mozilla debuts an open-source router firmware and the Android flaw that might be our favorite in years.

Plus how Sailfish OS 3.1 is stepping things up, the first 16-core RISC-V chip is revealed, and more.

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Jul 28 2019

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Rank #10: Linux Action News 125

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CentOS Stream and 8 have quite a bit for us to talk about, Docker's struggles go public, and the GNOME Foundation is facing a patent fight.

Plus the best bit of Android 10 Go, Microsoft gives serious thought to bringing Edge to Linux, and Stallman's role at GNU comes into question.

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Sep 29 2019

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Rank #11: Linux Action News 132

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Docker's surprising news, new nasty Intel vulnerabilities, and why Brave 1.0 changes the game.

Plus, our thoughts on the PinePhone BraveHeart limited edition, and Stadia's potentially rocky launch.

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Nov 17 2019

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Rank #12: Linux Action News 111

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Ubuntu sets the Internet on fire, new Linux and FreeBSD vulnerabilities raise concern, while Mattermost raises $50M to compete with Slack.

Plus we react to Facebook's Libra confirmation and the end of Google tablets.

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Jun 23 2019

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Rank #13: Linux Action News 51

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Ubuntu 18.04 is out and we round up the new features, the flavors, and our first takes. The Librem 5 learns a new trick, and Linux apps on Chrome OS looks like a much bigger deal than first suspected.

Plus what's great about GIMP's biggest release in six years, and more.

Apr 29 2018

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Rank #14: Linux Action News 36

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Barcelona is switching to FOSS the right way, Nextcloud launches peer-to-peer encrypted video calls, big changes are coming to Google's AMP & why the BSD camp is laughing at Linux this week.

Plus Fedora's new "primary architecture", Ubuntu 17.10 is back & more!

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  • Barcelona to switch to FOSS --- According to the news report, the city plans to first replace all its user applications with alternative open source applications. This will go on until the only remaining proprietary software will be Windows where it will finally be replaced with a Linux distribution.
  • Nextcloud Talk --- We're very proud to announce today Nextcloud Talk, the first enterprise-ready, self-hosted communication technology giving users the highest degree of control over their data and communication.
  • AMP changes aren't good enough for some web devs --- The Web is not Google, and should not be just Google.
  • Ubuntu 17.10 ISOs available again --- The Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISO re-spin is for disabling the SPI kernel driver to avoid messing up select laptops.
  • lkml.org is hosted on a home connection --- The site's backend is hosted on a machine at home which is waiting for someone to enter a luks passphrase after a power outage while on vacation.
  • Bad news for the fans of lkml.org --- Bad news for the fans of http://lkml.org  : the main board of the server somehow did not survive the outage :(
    Expect prolonged downtime while I source replacement parts.
  • Fedora might make AArch64 a primary architecture --- Fedora developers are looking to promote their AArch64 / ARM64 / ARMv8 server offerings to being a "primary architecture" for this next Fedora release.

Jan 14 2018

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Rank #15: Linux Action News 130

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Fedora arrives from the future, the big players line up behind KernelCI, and researchers claim significant vulnerabilities in Horde.

Plus, Google's new dashboard for WordPress and ProtonMail's apps go open source.

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Nov 03 2019

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Rank #16: Linux Action News 52

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Fedora fights for the user, Ubuntu Flavors draw the line, and why we're worried small distributions are starting to collapse.

May 06 2018

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Rank #17: Linux Action News 129

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GNOME decides to fight, Ubuntu's desktop director steps down, GitLab backs off its telemetry plans, and we've got the data on Google's Project Treble.

Plus, the latest Firefox has a new dashboard, and it looks like Disney+ won't work on Linux.

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Oct 27 2019

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Rank #18: Linux Action News 128

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A new Ubuntu has promise, Linux on Dex is dead, and our strong reaction to Google pulling two open-source apps from the Play Store.

Plus a big boost for ARM on Linux, and our thoughts on recent Red Hat news.

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Oct 20 2019

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Rank #19: Linux Action News 137

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Canonical releases a "mini-cloud" on your workstation, the KDE ecosystem has some big news, and the smart home might have just become more open.

Plus Firefox's new DoH partner, and signs of life from the Atari VCS.

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Dec 22 2019

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Rank #20: Linux Action News 58

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Plasma Desktop has a new release so we cover the new features and some bugs, Mycroft has an "opportunity" for you, and trouble at CopperheadOS.

Plus Debian's call for help, and more.

Jun 17 2018

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