You should run antivirus on your Linux machine as a courtesy to your non-Linux using friends. This helps you when they aren't pumping TBs onto the Internet.
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t never fails to amaze me just how the same arguments keep coming up over and over again, like bad pennies. Most of them ignore facts so blatantly it gives me a headache.
The I’m referring to today is the one about Linux Viruses.
First of all, Linux Viruses exist. Yep, it’s true, they exist. There’s actually a couple of them. Wikipedia lists an even 30 of them. There’s even Virus protection for Linux.
True, compared to MacOS and Windows, that’s a drop in the bucket. Barely worth noticing. And that’s where the same old argument comes up time and again.
“The reason that Linux doesn’t have viruses like MacOS and Windows is because it’s not as popular!” The argument is that if more people used Linux, there actually would be viruses for Linux. The completely ignores the fact that the desktop is the exception, not the rule. Linux dominates elsewhere. Servers, smart phones, super computers, etc. Linux is kicking ass and taking names. A virus that could infect all those systems would be hugely valuable both monetarily and for a reputation. Yet, it doesn’t happen.
Even the ones that already exist pretty much suck compared to their Microsoft and Apple counterparts.
So is there a reason to even consider running anti-virus on your Linux computer? Shockingly, the answer is still yes, but not for the same reasons some Mac users and all Windows users should.
Solves the hardest management problems, including building and maintaining software repositories, managing different machine profiles, delegating permissions at a granular level, auditing others actions and accessing asset information in real time.
Integration with common client-side Linux sysadmin tooling so you can see the same information about individual machines as you see in the terminal.
A complete API lets you use established technologies (e.g. Bash, Python) to borrow or build on Landscape's functionality.
Custom scripts need only be written to allow for the business logic unique to your organisation; common tasks (e.g. repository management) are already covered, so there's no need to re-invent the wheel.
You can manage machines remotely from anywhere you can access a web browser.
Receive alerts when updates become available for specific machines, or manage auto-update policies, instructing devices to update during set maintenance windows.
RBAC features for delegating certain activities on specific machines to others - reducing your workload without sacrificing control.
More about working with Landscape on Ubuntu.com ›Benefits for IT managers
Automation for repetitive tasks at scale helps ensure uniformity across your IT estate and eliminates the costs associated with rectifying human errors.
By reducing the number of administrators required for basic, day-to-day management, your teams are free to focus on more productive activities that deliver value to your organisation.
Custom reporting makes regulatory compliance significantly less problematic, costly and time-consuming.
Unlike in-house systems that may have grown organically, Landscape scales with your environment, enabling you to manage up to 40,000 machines with a single instance.
Thanks to an extensive, scriptable API, Landscape can be easily integrated with your current configuration management, monitoring and ticketing systems.
Updates and future versions are delivered at no cost, because Landscape is part of the Ubuntu Advantage service subscription.
Landscape can be used to manage desktop, server and cloud deployments, or subsets of those deployments that you define when you subscribe to Ubuntu Advantage.
Learn how Landscape helps boost compliance on Ubuntu.com ›What can I do with Landscape? A powerful, scriptable API
All administrators want customised systems management solutions that reflect the exact requirements of their organisation. Landscape delivers this with a central console you can use to automate tasks, whether they're managed directly or through the API.
By scripting to Landscape's API, you can use Bash or Python to create custom workflows (with full tab-expansion hinting support in the shell client) that deliver the best of both worlds: they are highly-customised, yet built on the components delivered, QA-tested and maintained by Canonical's engineers - not you or your overworked colleagues.
API access to Landscape's functionality makes it easy to use Landscape alongside the management and monitoring tools you already use - whether they're scripts you've developed in-house, or established open-source products like Nagios or Puppet. For example, via the API, Landscape can easily be integrated with desktop support systems to automatically generate trouble tickets.
More about systems management with Landscape on Ubuntu.com ›
International Space Station migrates to Linux. The United Space Alliance (USA), which manages the NASA space station, has opted to migrate to Linux. The decision was made by Keith Chuvala, manager, USA, who oversees ...
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The past couple of years have seen a fundamental shift in the way enterprise IT is done. This trend started with the consumerisation of corporate devices, and the gradual introduction of BYOD policies. This has paved the way to the “user voice” being heard more than ever. We’re seeing this trend continuing into the backend of corporate IT, from the infrastructure services to the enterprise applications. Business users are slowly demanding tools and environments that will enable them to do their jobs better, they are no longer satisfied with using whatever IT mandates. This applies just as much to enterprise applications as it does to mobile devices.
There is clearly a need for easier access to new enterprise applications, enabling users and companies to try them, and make an educated choice based on experience rather than a sales pitch. Companies can no longer afford the long wait times that normally come with procurement cycles, nor do they want the narrow options they provide.
On the other end of the spectrum, IT service providers are becoming more sophisticated about the way they offer their services. Many telcos and service providers have recognised the value of offering public cloud services, and most of them already have clouds up and running. As they become more experienced cloud providers, they realise the importance of diversifying their vendor base to avoid lock-in, as well as looking for lower-cost options that will still give them access to the latest features and enterprise-grade support. Telcos and service providers have strict SLAs that they are looking to meet. They don’t take the decision to offer cloud services lightly, and are looking for the right partners to help them achieve their standards for security, reliability, and uptime. The sophistication also extends to looking at the building blocks of their cloud infrastructure. So, instead of looking for “cloud infrastructure”, they are now looking at optimising the different aspects of that infrastructure in a service-driven manner.
We are seeing three main areas in which this shift is taking place: compute, storage, and networking. OpenStack continues to gain traction as the best platform on which to build cloud infrastructure, but customers aren’t always satisfied with the default options that come with OpenStack. They want more choices that suit their businesses, and they want to be able to switch with minimum hassle.
At Canonical, we believe we stand at the intersection of those two trend lines, with Ubuntu 13.04 and paving the way to 14.04 LTS. The move towards more user-driven technology choices fosters the message at the core of open-source software, namely to drive adoption among end-users and slowly expand that to the rest of the enterprise. We’ve seen this happen with technologies like Gmail, Gdocs, Skype, and others, which have moved from mainstream use to being legitimate enterprise applications. We believe that open-source will be the next step of that trend. The increasing ease with which tools like Juju can be used to deploy and manage cloud-based services provides a strong foundation on which to build on-demand, fast-paced enterprise offerings. It transforms the way enterprise applications are created, distributed, sold, used, and billed, and opens up the way not only for smarter IT choices for companies, but to a whole host of application providers that couldn’t access the enterprise market before.
On the cloud infrastructure side, the expansion of our ecosystem plays well into the diversification we see in technology choices along the cloud stack. Ubuntu now works seamlessly with various products such as Ceph for storage, Floodlight for SDN, and the Canonical-VMWare collaboration links OpenStack compute (Nova) to the ESX hypervisor. Offering a ‘High Availability’ deployment configuration for core OpenStack components such as RabbitMQ and MySQL helps meet service provider requirements for maximum uptime and reliability. We expect this to be extended to other Juju charms in the near future, offering a complete HA environment for cloud infrastructure.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel. Here are six interesting new features from Linux.com writer Katherine Noyes.
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Ten weeks to the day after the arrival of version 3.8, Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel.
“This week has been very quiet, which makes me much more comfortable doing the final 3.9 release, so I guess the last -rc8 ended up working,” wrote Torvalds in the announcement email early Monday. “Because not only aren't there very many commits here, even the ones that made it really are tiny and not pretty obscure and not very interesting.”
Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel.
That's certainly not to say that this new kernel release doesn't include a number of interesting features overall, however – quite the contrary, in fact. Here's a quick look at some of the highlights.
1. SSD Caching
It's always nice to see new features that enable faster performance, and one such example is Linux 3.9's addition of a device mapper target (dm-cache) that enables the use of speedy devices such as solid-state drives (SSDs) as a cache for slower devices such as rotating hard disks. “Different 'policy' plugins can be used to change the algorithms used to select which blocks are promoted, demoted, cleaned etc.,” explains the changelog on KernelNewbies.org. “It supports writeback and writethrough modes.”
2. Expanded Architecture Support
Broadened support is another change that's pretty much always welcome, and Linux 3.9 actually adds two new architectures to the list of those supported. Specifically, this new release brings the Linux kernel port to the ARC700 processor family (750D and 770D) from Synopsys as well as the Meta ATP (Meta 1) and HTP (Meta 2) processor cores from Imagination. Meta cores can be found in many digital radios, while the ARC700 family is commonly embedded in SoCs in TV set-top boxes and digital media players.
3. Better Power Efficiency
Thanks to the inclusion of the Intel PowerClamp driver, which performs synchronized idle injection across all online CPUs, Linux 3.9 also offers improved power efficiency in terms of performance per watt.
4. Chromebook Support
Particularly useful for Chromebook owners yearning to get their favorite distro up and running on their machine, meanwhile, is that Linux 3.9 adds full support for “all the devices present in the Chrome laptops sold by many companies,” as KernelNewbies puts it.
5. Another Boost for ARM
Linux's support for ARM has improved considerably over the past few releases, and kernel 3.9 brings a key improvement in the form of support for the KVM virtualization system in the ARM architecture port. As KernelNewbies notes, “this brings virtualization capabilities to the Linux ARM ecosystem.”
6. Android Developer Support
Finally, targeting Android developers this time, Linux 3.9 adds support for the “Goldfish” virtualized platform that's part of the Android development environment. Essentially, that means it's now possible to develop for Android with “out-of-the-box” kernels.
Of course, this is only a small sampling of what's new in Linux 3.9; a raft of new drivers and numerous other new improvements are included as well. A thorough summary is available on The H.
CommentsSubscribe to Comments FeedMarc Gray :3 days ago
Doesn't this one also have btrfs raid 5/6, or is that a little too techy? I think it's awesome, anyway...
Paul :3 days ago
Good thing there is such support for Chromebook. Completely agree with you that this is particularly useful for Chromebook owners yearning to get their favorite distro up and running on their machine & that too without the MonopoliSt tax.
Neil Wallace :2 days ago
I'm runing this kernel on my acer aspire V5-171 (i3 processor), and seems to support pretty much everything out of the box. I enabled the intel power changes. Many thanks to all.
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So you thought a Terminator-like future of metal machines mowing each other down on battlefields sounded pretty cool, did you? Well, wipe that smile off your face, fleshy one. ...
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Well, wipe that smile off your face, fleshy one. Killer robots are a real threat to our future and must be outlawed now, according to a campaign launched in London on Tuesday by five international NGOs, led by Human Rights Watch.
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots — yes, that is its real name, and you can find its website here — calls for a comprehensive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons. The launch event came a month in advance of a UN report on the subject, set to be delivered to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on May 27.
"Killer robots would cross moral and legal boundaries, and should be rejected as repugnant to the public conscience," said Human Rights Watch's Arms Division Director Steve Goose. "Lethal armed robots that could target and kill without any human intervention should never be built."
The campaign brought out its big guns for a press event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster: Jody Williams, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and Dr. Noel Sharkey, an artificial intelligence expert from Sheffield University.
Undermining the message slightly, they also brought the cute-looking 1950s-style sci-fi robot pictured above. What, no T-1000?
Still, the campaign is in earnest, and Sharkey ticked off many reasons why he fears killer robots in our future: the fact that the Pentagon is currently hiring more drone operators than actual pilots, for example, and the building of its X47B unmanned plane, which works like a drone on steroids.
But Sharkey didn't single out U.S. research efforts; he fears this is a global problem. "There are a lot of people very excited about this technology in China, Russia, Israel," he told the Guardian, "very excited at what is set to become a multibillion-dollar industry. This is going to be big, big money ... We won't hear about it until China has sold theirs to Iran."
"I think we are already there," Sharkey told reporters at the event. "If you asked me to go and make an autonomous killer robot today, I could do it. I could have you one here in a few days."
A slightly bemused UK government spokesman told Reuters that "there are no plans to replace skilled military personnel with fully autonomous systems."
For a little light reading, try the Human Rights Watch 50-page report on the subject, Losing Humanity: the Case Against Killer Robots.
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Diaspora* is already in the top 2% of all open source projects ever. The codebase has received over 1000 forks, over 5000 followers on GitHub, and over 300 Grassroots Volunteers
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Open source communities are amazing things. At Diaspora*, we believe that people should be valued for what they do. It does not matter if you have contributed to a project before, or are an elite open source hacker. Contributing to Diaspora* means that you get to work on hard problems, with a focus on solutions that work for users. This is why if you contribute something meaningful to Diaspora*, we will give you core commit access. We are in this together, so giving excited people the chance to make huge changes always trumps keeping control sacred.
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Fast, secure and stylishly simple, the Ubuntu operating system is used by 20 million people worldwide every day.
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Take control with your own private cloud
A private cloud is a cloud computing platform built on your own hardware and software. The alternative is to deploy the services you need on a public cloud infrastructure provided by an external supplier such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud or HP Public Cloud. While a public cloud can afford greater flexibility, with all resource delivered as a service and billed by the hour, a private cloud gives you the advantage of greater control over the entire stack, from the bare metal up to the services accessible to users.
Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution.
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In brief MDM now supports HTML5 themes. This allows artists to design beautiful login screens with animations, dynamism and all the technologies which are already available to web designers! Introduction and background info about MDM In Linux Mint, MDM is the default display manager. It is the software which is responsible for the login screen, [...]
Boise University PhD candidate Joshua Kiepert has built a 32-way Beowulf cluster from Raspberry Pis.
Kiepert says his research focuses on “developing a novel data sharing system for wireless sensor networks to facilitate in-network collaborative processing of sensor data.” To study that field Kipert figured he would need a decent simulator, preferably a cluster so he could simulate lots of distributed sensors. The University possesses just such a cluster, comprised of 32 nodes each packing a quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1225 CPU humming away at 3.1GHz.
That's a lovely facility and is therefore much in-demand, which meant Kiepert could not guarantee access for lengthy experiments. That got Kiepert thinking that if he had a cluster of his own he could tweak as required, and that cluster was a bit closer to the low-level hardware used in sensors, that would be a fine thing.
Kiepert's mathematical skills then did some multiplication: at $45 per Pi, including an 8GB SD card, he could acquire the raw materials for a 32-way cluster for $1500, or the same price as one Xeon-powered PC. As he contemplated the design for such a cluster, Kipert settled on Arch Linux for its tiny size. He eschewed the Pi's micro-USB port as a power source, as he felt it would complicate cabling, instead using a 5V pin on the machines' I/O headers.
USB power would also have complicated the housing for the cluster by adding weight, a problem Kiepert said was not insignificant because 32 ethernet cables were a drag on the slim and light computers.
“In order to keep the cluster size to a minimum while maintaining ease of access, the RPis were stacked in groups of eight using PCB-to-PCB standoffs with enough room in between them for a reasonable amount of air flow and component clearance,” he writes. “This configuration suited our needs for power distribution very well since it allowed for a power line to be passed vertically along each stack.”
“Using this orientation, four RPi stacks were assembled and mounted between two pieces of acrylic. This created a solid structure in which the cluster could be housed and maintain physical stability under the combined weight of 32 Ethernet cables.”
Joshua Kiepert 's 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster
The Pis were also overclocked, using Turbo Mode, to give Kiepert the grunt needed to run his simulations.
Kiepert's now doing all his research on the cluster, writing in a lengthy (PDF) account of the build that “I have found performance perfectly acceptable for my simulation needs, and have had the luxury of customizing the cluster software to fit my requirements exactly.”
Custom software doesn't, however, mean faster performance: Kiepert admits performance of the cluster isn't stellar, even after he re-wrote simulation software for his cluster.
But the price was right: the PDF above includes a bill of materials that includes cabling, lighting and even screws needed to assemble his acrylic racks. The total came to $1967.21. ®
Linux operating system is expected to improve security, stability
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Linux operating system is expected to improve security, stability
Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows XP is among the company's most beloved products. Generally lauded for its stability, compatibility, and security since Service Pack 3 rolled out, the aging operating system has still been hanging around in many enterprise deployments -- including the International Space Station (ISS). But the ISS and others have found out the hard way of late that slower patching and a phase-out of support have left the once unbeatable OS a major security risk.
I. Phasing Out XP, Moving to the Penguin
Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance, a contractor who handles much of the ISS operations, decided enough is enough after a 2008 security breach; he's switching the "dozens of laptops" aboard the ISS to Debian 6, a Linux operating system.
Linux has been used on the ISS systems since its 1998 launch (see this 2001 article [PDF] in Linux Magazine, for example) and in NASA ground system since its inception. However, most laptops used aboard the station for day-to-day activities like viewing stock inventory, controlling scientific experiments, or checking the current station location -- a cluster dubbed "OpsLAN" -- ran Windows.
But NASA received a wakeup call in 2008 when a Russian cosmonaut inadvertently brought a W32.Gammima.AG worm aboard his Windows laptop, which infected the other laptops onboard, requiring painstaking cleanup. While Linux machines are not immune to worms and other malware, their small market share and quick patching (thanks to the open source community) have made Linux distributions more secure than their Windows counterparts from a practical perspective.
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Think Tegra is only for smartphones and tablets? Think again! New third-party drivers — which have been developed both with Nvidia's blessing and assistance — will help to give the platform a foot in the server room door.
Free Linux Training Webinar: Deploying Virtual Hosts in Linux - Key Strategies to Maximize Hardware & Network Resource Usage
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Deploying Virtual Hosts in Linux: Key Strategies to Maximize Hardware & Network Resource Usage
Under most modern web server environments, it is a common to have several unrelated websites share a common physical server. This is made possible by Apache's virtual hosts, which is an important concept that all Linux system administrator should master before deploying web servers.
This free Linux training webinar is designed to show you what a Linux Foundation training course is like by diving deep into how to deploy Apache virtual hosts in Linux. We'll discuss the key strategies that can help your enterprise environment maximize hardware and network resource usage dedicated to web servers.
You'll learn the concepts and practical examples that will let you implement:
Name-based virtual hosts, which let you have more than one website per IP addressIP-based virtual hosts, which require one IP address per web siteVirtual host examples and use casesBest practices and limitations associated to virtual hostsTips and tricks that may be useful to system administrators already familiar with virtual host
China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system built specifically for Chinese users.
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China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.
The collaboration will produce a version of Canonical's Ubuntu operating system called Kylin which will be released in April.
The deal is part of a five-year plan by China to get more people using open source software.
This software gives people more access to its internal workings so they can modify it themselves.
The first version of Ubuntu Kylin is intended for desktop and laptop computers. As well as using Chinese character sets, Kylin will also do more to support the way Chinese people interact with computers as well as reflect China's date conventions.
Future versions will include tools that let people use popular Chinese web services such as Baidu maps, the Taobao shopping service as well as versions of office programs and image management tools, directly from Ubuntu's main screen.
The code will be created at a laboratory in Beijing staffed by engineers from Canonical as well as several Chinese R&D agencies
ArtistX is a free DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio
It is based on Ubuntu GNU/Linux and contains nearly all the available free audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video software for the GNU/Linux computing platform. It doesn’t need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives. The files produced with ArtistX can be easily stored on USB devices or CD/DVD medium while it is running. If you want to install it please take a look to our documentation and the ArtistX Installation Manual.
After nearly ten years of development and more than ten versions, the ArtistX 1.4 multimedia studio on a DVD is finally here. It’s an Ubuntu 12.10-based live DVD that turns a common computer into a full multimedia production studio. ArtistX 1.3 includes the 3.5.0-25 Linux kernel, GNOME 3.4 and about 2.500 free multimedia software packages, nearly everything that exists for the GNU/Linux operating system organized in the menu. Main features: based on Ubuntu 12.10 without Unity and with all updates (from October 2012); most of GNU/Linux multimedia packages and the very easy Ubiquity installer. A partial list of software included in the DVD is available at the software page, the /usr/bin directory (where software executables are kept on a Linux system) counts more than 5000 binaries. We have now a new Forum and a new Software page with the TOP 100 free software available in ArtistX!
Free 3D Engine and Development Software: MeshlabsFree 3D Modelling and Animation Software: Art of Illusion, Ayam, Blender, Equinox 3D, K3d, Make Human, Moonlight3D, Sculptris, Wings3D, SweetHome3D, Y.A.P.R.MFree Audio DJ Software: Beatport SYN, Freecycle, Freewheling, Mixxx, QSampler, Smasher, Tactile 12000, TerminatorXFree Audio Synth Software: amSynth, Freebirth, Horgand, Hydrogen, Ingen, Mx44, Psychosynth, Qsynth, Rakarrack, SetBfree, Sineshaper, YoshimiFree Audio MIDI Tools: Arpage, MusE, PatchageFree Audio Sound Editor Software: Audacity, Kwave, Rezound, Sweep, WavesurferFree Audio DAW and Tracker Software: Ardour, Jokosher, Lmms, Rosegarden, Traverso, WiredFree CAD Software: FreeCAD, LibreCADFree DVD Mastering Software: Bombono DVD, KMediaFactory, MistelixFree Font Software: FontForge, FontMatrixFree Fractals Software: Fractalnow, Fraqtive, MandelburberFree Image and Picture Editing Software: GIMP, Krita, PintaFree Image and Picture Viewer Software: ImgSeek, FotowallFree Image Synthesis Software: Evolvotron, JavaMorphFree Optical Caracter Recognition (OCR) Software: YAGFFree Radio Software: DarksnowFree Renderer Software: Aqsys, Kerkythea, SunflowFree TV and Recording Software: TV-Maxe, VLCFree Vector Software: Delineate, Inkscape, SK1, Xara XtremeFree Video Editing Software: Avidemux, Cinelerra, Cinepaint, Jahshaka, Kdenlive, LivesFree Video Encoding and Decoding Software: Handbrake, Mobile Media Converter, TransmageddonFree Video Animation and Cartoon Software: Animata, Flash4Linux, Luciole, Synfig Studio, ToonloopFree Video VJ Software: DelVJ, FreeJ, FreeMix, Gephex, OnyxVJ, Veejay, VSXU
Following the release of Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14 Nadia is now available to download. It brings several under-the-hood tweaks, a new software manager, and an overhauled Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment that makes Mint speedy and user friendly.
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The developers behind the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint distribution have announced the immediate availability of Mint 14 (Nadia). The new release brings a number of incremental under-the-hood improvements and tweaks. It combines the Linux 3.5 kernel, Ubuntu 12.10 base, and the latest versions of the MATE 1.4 and Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environments. The edition of Linux Mint 14 with the Cinnamon desktop is particularly interesting as it has created a hybrid between Ubuntu’s HUD interface and the traditional Gnome UI that is as usable and fluid as ever.
As a result of Mint being based upon the Ubuntu distribution, many of the back-end features present in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal are carried over to the new Mint release. That includes the Linux 3.5.0-17 kernel, which in turn is based on the upstream 3.5.5 kernel. You will not find Unity or Gnome 3 in this Mint distribution, however. Instead, Mint offers MATE 1.4 — the continuation of Gnome 2 — and Cinnamon 1.6 along with Gnome Classic that are all selectable from the log-in screen.
Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently picked up a Google Chromebook Pixel, and the hardware left such a positive impression that he posed the question
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Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently picked up a Google Chromebook Pixel, and the hardware left such a positive impression that he posed the question “Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?” on his Google Plus page.