Articles about Linux

Zorin OS 17.1 Linux distribution gets enhanced Windows app support -- you can now escape Microsoft’s stranglehold

The Zorin OS 17.1 Linux distribution is now available, offering a range of improvements designed to enhance the computing experience for users transitioning from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS. With over half a million downloads of Zorin OS 17 since its release, it's clear that the mission to introduce the power of Linux to new users is resonating.

The latest version, Zorin OS 17.1, introduces enhanced Windows app support, making it easier for users to run their favorite applications, regardless of the original platform. The built-in database now detects installer files for over 100 popular Windows apps and games, offering tailored recommendations for native Linux alternatives. This ensures a smoother transition and a more compatible experience for users.

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Microsoft has started referring to its CBL-Mariner distro as Azure Linux

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While it came as a bit of a surprise when it first became public, it has been known for some time that Microsoft has its own Linux distro called CBL-Mariner.  The name has been questioned by many, and it is in the process of changing.

The CBL-Mariner moniker is set to become a thing of the past as the distro transitions to being known as Azure Linux.

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Tails 6.0 Linux distribution: The ultimate privacy shield to thwart 'Big Brother'

Tails 6.0, the newest version of the privacy-focused Linux distribution, is now available for download. It is notable for being the first version of Tails to be based on Debian 12 (Bookworm) and use the GNOME 43 desktop environment. This update also introduces a host of new features, security enhancements, and usability improvements, alongside updated versions of the majority of the software included in Tails.

In Tails 6.0, users will find a new error detection feature for the Persistent Storage, which alerts them about errors when reading or writing from the Tails USB stick. This helps in diagnosing hardware failures and prompts users to backup their Persistent Storage before it's too late. The update also brings automatic mounting of external devices. When an external storage device is plugged in, Tails 6.0 mounts it automatically, and if the device contains an encrypted partition, it offers to unlock the encryption automatically.

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Can Linux run on Nintendo’s ancient NES game console? Someone decided to try

Inspired by the age-old question, "Can it run Linux?", an intrepid YouTuber called DeCrAzYo successfully managed to get a "Unix-like" operating system up and running on that classic 1980s Nintendo games console, the NES. There was no cheating involved either. He didn't take any shortcuts by modifying the console's internal components or by sneaking a Raspberry Pi into the mix.

His goal was to have the operating system's code executed directly via the NES processor using no more hardware than a typical game cartridge would offer, and that's exactly what he managed.

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Don't watch Taylor Swift's boyfriend Travis Kelce play NFL Football: Install Debian Linux 12.5 during Super Bowl LVIII instead

Super Bowl Sunday may be tomorrow, but for Linux nerds, there is something far more exciting than watching the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers play championship football. You see, The Debian project has just released the fifth update to its stable distribution, Debian 12, codenamed “Bookworm.” And so, if you don’t care about NFL Football, Taylor Swift, or her boyfriend Travis Kelce, installing this Linux distribution could be a fun thing to do instead of watching “the big game.”

Version 12.5 of the operating system primarily focuses on implementing corrections for security vulnerabilities and making a few adjustments to address significant issues. Detailed security advisories, which have been previously published, are referenced in this update for users' convenience.

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Microsoft introduces Linux's sudo command to Windows 11

Whenever Microsoft rolls out new Windows 11 builds for Insiders in the Dev and/or Canary channels you can never be sure what you’re going to get. Sometimes new features are introduced, other times it’s more about fixing bugs and making general improvements.

Build 26052, for both the Canary and Dev Channels, sees Insiders being moved from 23000 series builds to 26000 series ones. Insiders on both of those two channels will, for a short while, receive the same builds, but it’s only a temporary move.

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Get 'Essential Linux Commands' (worth $39.99) for FREE

The role of a system administrator is ever-evolving, with the Linux command line at its core.

This makes Linux command-line mastery an essential skill to demonstrate your ability to efficiently manage and maintain systems efficiently. Essential Linux Commands addresses a diverse range of topics, including package management, file manipulation, networking strategies, system monitoring, and diagnostic tools.

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New Mozilla Firefox package for Linux is a game-changer for Ubuntu and Debian users

In a significant development for the Linux community, Mozilla has announced the release of a new Firefox package, specifically designed for Ubuntu, Debian, and other Debian-based distributions. Linux, celebrated for its open-source nature and as a robust alternative to conventional operating systems, is now set to offer an even more refined browsing experience with this latest update from Mozilla.

This new Firefox package is meticulously crafted to be adaptable and secure, addressing the complex needs of modern internet users. Mozilla has focused on enhancing the browser's sandbox implementations, a crucial aspect for online security. While maintaining compatibility with Snap and Flatpak, the new native package is an additional advantage for Linux enthusiasts. Moreover, Firefox continues to be available in various formats, including Mozilla’s own .tar.bz2 builds, catering to a wide range of preferences within the Linux community.

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This free Windows 11 clone, with Copilot AI, has been updated -- download it now!

Microsoft Windows might have its issues from time to time, but each iteration is well-designed and easy to use. That isn’t always something that can be said of rival operating systems.

For that reason, some Linux OSes borrow heavily from Windows aesthetics. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to run a non-Microsoft version of Windows 11, then the answer is Wubuntu.

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New tool lets you crash from Windows into Linux via a Blue Screen of Death

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The Blue Screen of Death is so-called because it means that a critical error has occurred andy our current session in Windows has died. Ordinarily, this would necessitate -- at the very least -- a restart, but a new project highlighted by the makers of tiny11 could means that you have the option of crashing into Linux instead.

The project is known as BugCheck2Linux and it is a neat little software hack. It makes use of a software driver that can bee used to fire up RISC V emulator running Linux using a BugCheck callback. Could this be the solution to all of your Windows problems?

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Christmas comes early to the Linux community -- Zorin OS 17 is here to replace Windows 11 on your PC

The Linux world is sure to be buzzing with excitement, as Zorin OS 17 officially rolls out today, marking a significant upgrade over its predecessors. This release is more than just a cosmetic overhaul; it’s a comprehensive enhancement of the entire system, promising a smoother, faster, and more intuitive user experience.

Zorin OS 17 leaps ahead with noticeable performance boosts, now requiring only 1.5 GB of RAM as opposed to the previous 2 GB. This change not only breathes new life into older hardware but also aligns with environmental sustainability by reducing the need for frequent upgrades. How cool is that?

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Get 'Linux All-In-One For Dummies, 7th Edition' (worth $24) for FREE

Linux All-in-One For Dummies breaks down the ever-popular operating system to its basics and trains users on the art of Linux.

This handy reference covers all the latest updates and operating system features. It presents content on Linux desktops, applications, and more. With eight books in one, you’ll have access to the most comprehensive overview of Linux around.

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Proton VPN rolls out new Linux app

Many people choose to browse the internet using a VPN because it offers a number of benefits including privacy and safety, and this is true whatever operating system you use.

With the launch of an all new app for Linux, Proton VPN is offering users of the open source OS greater functionality and a more intuitive interface. The Proton VPN Linux app natively supports Proton VPN's core security and privacy features.

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Microsoft shocks the Linux community by attending Ubuntu Summit 2023

The annual Ubuntu Summit is where people who love Linux and open-source software gather to see what’s new. This year, it’s happening in the lovely city of Riga, Latvia, from November 3-5, 2023. And guess what? Microsoft, the big name we often connect with paid software, is joining in. This new partnership hints at more teamwork between big tech companies and open-source communities.

Microsoft being part of the Ubuntu Summit 2023 shows that it's warming up to open-source software. Those attending the summit, in person or online, will get to hear from Microsoft experts. They’ll talk about cool stuff like using Linux on Windows, creating apps with .NET 8 on Ubuntu, and how Microsoft’s Azure can work smoothly with Ubuntu's snapshot service.

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Canonical begins Ubuntu Linux 24.04 'Noble Numbat' development

There's something new and exciting in the Linux world. The Ubuntu 24.04 “Noble Numbat” development stage has officially opened its doors to developers everywhere, bringing along some cool features to make their lives easier.

One notable feature is the new auto-sync function. This feature is expected to handle a large number of builds and autopkgtests, especially in the early days. Though this is a huge step forward, it's likely to cause some delays initially. So, the community is called upon to lend a hand in fixing any issues that pop up.

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