Articles about Linux

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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Debian-based MX Linux 23.1 now available for download

Do you hate Mondays? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, we have some exciting Linux news on this particular Monday. You see, MX-23.1, the latest update to the MX-23 series, has been released today!

This update to the operating system brings a bunch of fixes, new features, and application updates, making the experience smoother for its users. If you already have MX-23, the good news is you don't need to reinstall anything. The new packages are available through the usual update channels, making the upgrade process a breeze.

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Say no to Microsoft Windows 11 -- make Slackel Linux 7.7 'Openbox' your next OS

With the release of Slackel 7.7 "Openbox," stepping into the Linux world from Windows 11 has become a lot simpler. This new version is packed with features that will surely catch the eye of those used to Microsoft’s operating system. In fact, this Linux distribution should make you forget about the upcoming Windows 12 too!

At the core of Slackel 7.7 is the Linux Kernel 6.1.57, with the latest updates from the well-regarded Slackware "Current" tree. This solid foundation promises a stable and secure setting for all your computer tasks. Available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions, it caters to both modern and older hardware setups alike.

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Canonical withdraws Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 ISO after discovery of hate speech in translations

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Friday 13th has indeed proved unlucky for anyone looking to download the Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 ISO -- it is currently unavailable having been pulled just hours after launch.

The decision to withdraw the Mantic Minotaur ISO was taken after it was discovered that a contributor had inserted malicious translations into the installer. Although Canonical has not revealed the content of the user-submitted translations for the Linux distro, it has been described as "hate speech".

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Ubuntu Linux 23.10 'Mantic Minotaur' is here with new features and Raspberry Pi 5 compatibility

Today is a special day for the Linux community as Ubuntu 23.10 (code-named "Mantic Minotaur") is finally released. Yes, folks, following a fairly short beta testing period, the Debian-based operating system can be downloaded now.

Notably, Ubuntu 23.10 is compatible with the latest Raspberry Pi 5 and SiFive HiFive Pro P550 from the get go. It is quite impressive to have support for the very new Raspberry Pi 5 on day one.

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Linux users at risk? Canonical uncovers possible security issue in Snap Store!

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When it comes to Linux-based operating systems, users don’t have to worry about security, right? Umm, no. Linux distributions are not infallible. For instance, according to a forum post, Canonical's Snap Store recently hit a big security snag when users discovered some new snaps that might contain harmful code. This scary moment shows how even trusted places like app stores can have problems that could hurt users.

Reacting quickly, the Snap Store team removed these bad snaps from the platform, making sure no one else could find or install them. But they didn't stop there.

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Get 'Mastering Linux Security and Hardening -- Third Edition' (worth $35.99) for FREE

The third edition of Mastering Linux Security and Hardening is an updated, comprehensive introduction to implementing the latest Linux security measures, using the latest versions of Ubuntu and AlmaLinux.

In this new edition, you will learn how to set up a practice lab, create user accounts with appropriate privilege levels, protect sensitive data with permissions settings and encryption, and configure a firewall with the newest firewall technologies.

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Get a Linux-style tiling window manager on Windows

Tiling window managers (WM) provide Linux users with a way to customize a desktop environment to suit their personal preferences. Windows can be arranged to avoid overlapping and altered on the fly simply by typing in keyboard commands.

Inspired by the likes of i3 (a Linux window manager aimed at power users and developers) and Polybar (a fast and easy-to-use tool for creating status bars), GlazeWM brings this functionality to Windows, and the tool has just undergone a massive update. Version 2.0 fixes a number of problems and introduces a wealth of new features.

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Microsoft releases Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.0.0 with fixes and experimental new features

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.0.0 pre-release

Microsoft's love for Linux shows no signs of waning, with the company releasing an update-packed pre-release build of WSL 2.0.0.

There are many changes in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.0.0, and as this is a pre-release version it’s perhaps to be expected that many of the new additions are described as "experimental". One of the biggest new features is experimental.autoMemoryReclaim which shrinks the WSL VM in memory by reclaiming cached memory.

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