Netrunner 14 – The perfect blend of usability and flexibility

Linux used to be perceived as being difficult to install, difficult to use and bereft of decent applications. With the current crop of distributions such as Linux Mint, Zorin OS and Netrunner, those perceptions will forever be consigned to the history books. Netrunner 14 is easy to install, easy to use and comes packed with the best applications that Linux has to offer.


KDE 5 Delivers New Linux Desktop Environment

Plasma 5 is powered by the open-source Qt 5 cross-platform user interface framework. Hardware acceleration for graphics is now supported with the OpenGL graphics API. With Qt 5 and OpenGL, Plasma 5 is able to provide users with not only improved graphics performance, but also a more fluid user experience. Plus, the new Kickoff application launcher enables users to rapidly find and access applications and content on a system. KDE as a desktop environment is available on multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, KaOS and openSUSE. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key features of KDE Plasma 5.


KDE's the Best, Wallen Interview, and Why Linux Rules

Today in Linux news, Bruce Byfield says the best Linux desktop continues to be KDE’s Plasma. Steven Ovadia at My Linux Rig snagged a short interview with Jack Wallen. eWeek has nine reasons Linux rules on supercomputers. And venture capitalist Sonatype says most companies don’t audit Open Source software components they’re using for vulnerabilities and security flaws. KDE Plasma got another slap on the back today from long-time writer Bruce Byfield at He says none of the others "can match its design philosophy, configurability, or its innovations on the classical desktop." He says it continues to top polls as well. He think he knows why: I believe that one of the main reasons for this appeal is the KDE design philosophy. GNOME and Unity may offer a more aesthetic-looking default, but only at the cost of simplifying both the desktop and the utilities in the name of reducing clutter. By contrast, KDE goes to the opposite extreme. KDE applications typically include every function you can imagine. Sometimes, they can take a version or two to organize the menus in a meaningful way, but applications like Amarok, K3B, or digiKam go far beyond the most common use cases.

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KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10

For those wondering about the modern performance cost of using KVM on Ubuntu Linux for virtualizing a guest OS, here are some simple benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 in its current development stage with the Linux 3.16 versus running the same software stack while virtualized with KVM and using virt-manager.

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Siri & Google Now Like "Betty" Virtual Assistant Is Now Available For Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Now a days handheld devices offer assistant for your mobile device, which help users to do stuff easily and quickly, as you may know iOS has Siri (by Apple) and Android OS uses Google Now assistant (by Google) to facilitate its users. They are pretty much intelligent personal assistants and knowledge navigator which works as an application for their Operating systems.Here comes another feature to Linux “Betty” as personal assistant, it uses natural language to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions. It is similar to Siri and Google Now but for now it is pretty much limited (it’s still extremely useful and easy to use). It is a virtual assistant with a command-line-controlled natural language interface that uses sequential inference and contextual awareness to help perform personal tasks. Things Betty can: You can do pretty much all sort of things, change configurations, find files, download files from Internet or

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LMMS Is Amazing Sound Studio for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

LMMS is a free sound studio/editor for Linux, it stands for Linux Multimedia Studio. It allows you to compose, edit, or mix audio with your computer. LMMS includes all the tools you need to create music from scratch (both melodies, synthesizing, mixing sounds, arranging samples and background beats), mix and arrange samples and prefabricated sounds and finally producing and exporting the results. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more – all in a user-friendly and modern interface. Furthermore LMMS comes with many ready-to-use instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples.It also has support for plugins, you can install additional plugins. The program features a sleek dark interface that you will likely find overwhelming the first time you run the program. Lot of ready-made material available with LMMS and everything is thoroughly documented.Features:Song-Editor for composing audioA Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslinesAn easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns

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Canonical Community Team Changes Announced For Ubuntu

With Jono Bacon having recently left Canonical where he served as the Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical has made some changes to its community team…

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Small reminder: Remember to remove all your data to Ubuntuone

If you were an Ubuntu One user probably you have received a mail like this one:
“This is the FINAL reminder to make sure you have retrieved all your data from Ubuntu One filesync, as we will be deleting all the content permanently on 31st July 2014. After that date, we will no longer be able to retrieve any of your files.
In order to make it easy for you to retrieve all of your content, we have released a new feature that lets you download all your content at once. Our website ( has been updated with instructions on how to conveniently download all your files.
In addition, you still can use’s offer to transfer your data to another cloud provider for free. The Ubuntu One web interface is available for you to download individual files as well.
All of us in the Ubuntu One team would like to thank you for your support over the years.
The Ubuntu One team”

Luckily there are a lot of options of “cloud storage” for Linux users, at the moment I’d suggest, that should be one of the provider that offer more free space, they offer 15 GB for free + 5GB for every referral that sign in with your code, or + 5Gb if you sign in using a referral code (please be aware that in the link there is my referral code).
Or I’d go with Google drive, there are a lot of interesting options for Linux Desktops and also for Android Smartphones.
As last choice the old, but always good, dropbox that offers a smaller space, but has great features on their clients, both on the web than on multiple platforms.
So in short, don’t forget to save your data, and goodbye Ubuntu One, i loved the old Tomboy integration to keep notes synced among multiple

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New Duke Beta, Debian 6 Update, and Geary Still Coming

Today in Linux news, Geary 0.7.0 was recently released despite the programmers’ troubles with the IRS. Debian released an update the 6.0 branch of their old stable Linux distribution. A new Duke Nukem enhanced compilation game has hit beta. "GCC 5.0 is expected next year" and Linus is getting grumpy! And finally today, two new Mint 17 reviews round out the Linux news on this Monday July 21. Despite being denied 501(c)(3) status, Yorba released version 0.7.0 of Geary email application primarily for the GNOME desktop. Softpedia briefly covered the release saying it got an interface redesign, lot of rewrites, and noticeable speed improvements. They also have a screenshot and a link to the Ubuntu PPA. Several sites are covering the release of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Beta. Fans are briefed on the major improvements and this release that was the switch from SDL to SDL2. Developers also included gamepad support as well as some fixes for rendering issues. See’s coverage for more and a screenshot. The Debian project released Debian 6.0.10 last Saturday for those still running the old stable version. This is said to be the final update and users are encouraged to update through the package

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 375

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #375 for the weeks July 7 – 20, 2014, and the full version is available here.
In this issue we cover:

12.04.x HWE Stack EOL Notification
Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) End of Life reached on July 17 2014
Ubuntu Stats
Ubucon LatinAmerica Speakers! #1
Juju 1.20 is out the door!
Brightbox now offering official Ubuntu images
Jonathan Riddell: Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 announcements
The Fridge: New Ubuntu Membership Board Members
The Fridge: [Proposed] Ubuntu Online Summit dates: 4-6 Nov 2014
Lubuntu Blog: PCManFM 1.2.1
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Content Hub to replace Friends API
Lubuntu Blog: Box support for MATE
Nicholas Skaggs: A new test runner approaches
Upstart 1.13 released
Unity8 & Mir update July 8 & 15, 2014
Canonical News
This Feisty Linux Company Has An Interesting Plan To Topple Android
In The Blogosphere
Featured Audio and Video
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 13.10 and 14.04
And much more!

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

Elizabeth K. Joseph
Jose Antonio Rey
And many others

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