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Manjaro 24.0 Wynsdey packs a punch for Microsoft Windows 11 users switching to Linux

The Manjaro team has announced the release of Manjaro 24.0, codenamed "Wynsdey," which introduces significant updates across its KDE Plasma, GNOME, and XFCE editions.

For those considering a switch from Microsoft Windows 11, Manjaro 24.0 offers compelling reasons to embrace Linux, enhancing both functionality and user experience.

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Microsoft makes the Windows 11 Start Menu expandable with Start Menu Companions

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Microsoft has made a lot of controversial decisions when it comes to the Start menu in Windows 11, not least of which is the plan to introduce ads. In the latest beta build of Windows 11. However, there are some interesting changes afoot -- notably Start Menu Companions.

While not yet fully operational, Companions are essentially plugins or extensions for the Start menu. The display information -- such as weather or stock prices in a floating panel to the side of the Start menu, will blend the ideas of Live Tiles and Widgets into something new.

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Ditch Microsoft Windows 11 for a fresh start: Switch to SparkyLinux 2024.05

Are you tired of the limitations and restrictions of Microsoft Windows 11? Perhaps it's time to consider an alternative that offers more control and freedom. Enter SparkyLinux 2024.05 (download here), a robust option for those looking to dive into the world of open-source operating systems.

SparkyLinux, based on the Debian testing line, is known for its stability and flexibility. The latest semi-rolling release, SparkyLinux 2024.05, brings exciting updates and features that make it an appealing choice for both new and experienced Linux users. This update includes all packages upgraded from both Debian and Sparky's testing repositories.

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Switch to Linux Lite 7.0 from Windows 11

After over a decade of evolution and adaptation, Linux Lite 7.0 RC1 arrives (download here) with the promise of a mature, secure, and highly customizable operating system, poised as an ideal alternative for those considering a switch from Microsoft Windows 11. With the stable version, codenamed Galena, set for release on June 1, 2024, now is the perfect time to explore what Linux Lite offers.

The new version introduces significant changes and enhancements. Among these is the updated Thunar 4.18.8 file manager which now includes a handy Split View feature, allowing for more efficient file handling and multitasking. Visual tweaks are evident with new installation slides that not only streamline the setup process but also enhance user engagement.

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CORSAIR ONE i500 compact Windows 11 gaming PC will give you wood

CORSAIR today introduced the ONE i500, a new compact PC designed to deliver powerhouse performance in a sleek, small form factor. This latest offering is targeted at content creators, AI-driven professionals, and gaming enthusiasts seeking top-tier components. As you can see from the photos, this PC will give you wood.

The CORSAIR ONE i500 stands out with its space-efficient design, being 30 percent smaller than traditional full-sized desktop PCs, yet it packs a significant punch. It features the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card and an Intel Core i9-14900K processor, both cooled using advanced liquid cooling technologies. This setup not only ensures optimal performance under heavy loads but also maintains a quieter operation compared to standard air-cooled systems.

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Linux fan develops a fricking amazing tool to remove all ads from Windows 11

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Windows 11 is far from perfect, and any complaints are usually met with disdain from the Linux community. The advice proffered by Linux users is to switch from Windows 11 to one of the nearly endless number of Linux distros that are available.

This is unhelpful advice because, in the most part, Windows users simply don’t want to use Linux. They chose Windows for specific reasons, and the fact it is not completely ideal is not really a good enough reason to simply abandon it. So it is lovely to see that one Linux fan has put their software development skills to good use and produced OFGB (Oh Frick Go Back), a utility that removes ads from Windows 11.

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Microsoft eases its foot off the accelerator for Copilot development in Windows 11

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The world has gone crazy for AI, and Microsoft has jumped feet-first into the technology. Copilot is just one of the company’s tools in this field, but not everyone is completely in love with this digital assistant.

For anyone who is of the opinion that things are moving too fast when it comes to Copilot, there is some good news. With the release of the latest beta build of Windows 11, Microsoft says that it is slowing down the rollout of new Copilot experiences.

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Windows 11 is losing market share to Windows 10

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In what will come as something of a disappointment to Microsoft, the latest figures from Statcounter shows that Windows 11 is becoming less popular.

While Windows 11’s market share is in decline, there is an almost mirrored increase in Windows 10’s market share. It appears that there remains a preference for the significantly older version of Windows.

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Say goodbye to Microsoft Windows 11 and hello to Nitrux Linux 3.4.1

Nitrux has officially released version 3.4.1. Codenamed “mi,” this update promises to improve the overall user experience with several key software updates, security enhancements, and powerful new tools.

One of the notable enhancements in Nitrux 3.4.1 is the introduction of safe-rm, a safety tool designed to prevent the accidental deletion of important files. This update comes with a functional replacement of the previously included, but non-functional, saferm script. Additionally, PowerTOP -- a tool aimed at diagnosing and improving power management -- is now included along with an OpenRC service script to apply power-saving settings automatically on boot.

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Microsoft is optimizing Windows 10 update delivery just as it did with Windows 11

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Having already taken steps to decrease the size of updates for Windows 11, Microsoft is doing the same for Windows 10.

The company describes this by suggesting that "Windows 10 is becoming more like Windows 11", although this is something of a stretch. What it means in practice is that Microsoft has used various techniques, including removing reverse differentials from the cumulative update package, to shrink update sizes quite considerably.

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Start menu ads are rolling out to all Windows 11 users -- here's how to turn them off

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Windows 11's Start menu will soon advertise applications in the recommended section.

Microsoft released a new optional preview update for Windows 11 this week that introduces the feature. The changes it includes will roll out to all Windows 11 devices as part of the May 2024 cumulative security update.

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AMD Ryzen PRO processors will boost Windows 11 business PCs with cutting-edge AI and security features

Nvidia may be the AI-focused darling of the technology world nowadays, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about good ol’ AMD. In fact, today, AMD announced the launch of its latest Ryzen PRO 8040 and 8000 Series processors designed for commercial mobile and desktop AI PCs.

The Ryzen PRO 8040 Series, specifically designed for business laptops and mobile workstations, introduces the most advanced x86 processors in AMD’s lineup. These processors are built using the innovative 4nm technology and “Zen 4” architecture, which delivers up to 30% increased performance in demanding applications. The series also features models with integrated AMD RDNA 3 graphics, pushing the limits with up to 72% faster performance and significantly reduced power consumption during video conferencing compared to competitors.

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More people can now upgrade to Windows 11 after Microsoft lifts Intel Smart Sound Technology compatibility block

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After almost two-and-a-half years, an issue that prevented some people with Intel 11th Gen Core processors from upgrading to Windows 11 has finally been addressed.

Microsoft has quietly announced that compatibility issues with Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers and Windows 11 have been "resolved externally". Until now, there has been a compatibility hold in place for devices with both an Intel 11th Gen Core processor and certain versions of the Intel SST driver, but now this has been lifted, it is possible for owners of such systems to upgrade to Windows 11.

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Microsoft 'improves' Windows 11 by bringing ads to the Start menu in the US

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In a move which is likely to be greeted with a hostile reception, Microsoft is continuing its obsession with injecting advertising into Windows. The company is using Windows Insiders signed up for Beta Channel to test the controversial addition of ads in the Windows 11 Start menu.

For now, this is a trial which is limited to beta testers in the US, but even if the most negative feedback is forthcoming, it is hard to imagine that Microsoft will back down and not roll out Start menu ads to all Windows 11 users.

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Windows 11 slammed for its 'comically bad' performance even on high-end hardware

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Just about everyone who has used Windows has at some time complained that it is slow. The sluggish performance of Windows 11 -- in particular the Start menu -- has even been noted by an ex-Microsoft developer who worked on the creation of the operating system.

Software developer Andy Young has bemoaned the "comically bad" performance of the Windows 11 Start Menu despite using what would objectively be considered high-end hardware. He is leading calls for Windows "to be as good as it once was".

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