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Feeling Adventurous? Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 1 Released

If you're feeling a little adventurous this weekend, the first alpha is out for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 release. Code-named Precise Pangolin, the alpha release contains software updates and (likely) some exciting bugs that you can help squash.

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Best Linux Devices of 2011

Android this year surpassed both iOS and Blackberry as the most popular smartphone OS, further catapulting Linux into the spotlight in the mobile device industry. Just a couple months ago, Amazon announced what analysts say is the first real threat to the iPad, the Amazon Kindle Fire. This introduction once again put Linux in the spotlight by allowing a major comapny like Amazon to build a self-branded device that is, as BusinessWeek reporter Brad Stone described, "cheap, pretty, and puts Amazon in perfect position to take a bite out of Apple - and every online transaction you make."

Linux is making it possible for organizations to innovate in every device category. Because of its flexibility and cost, we expect to see a variety of new services-based business models take shape around Linux-based devices in 2012.

Before we embark on the New Year, though, let's take a look at some of the most interesting Linux-based devices of 2011. You can view the full gallery here, at Best Linux Devices of 2011.

 

First-Ever Automotive Linux Summit: Two Communities Become One

Nearly 125 years ago, German inventor Karl Benz introduced his Patentmotorwagen Number 1, the world's first automobile tesigned to be propelled by a motor. Twenty years ago, Finnish computer science student Linus Torvalds posted on the Internet...Ok, ok, you know the rest. But fast forward to November 28, 2011 and you begin to see these two worlds come toether in collaboration for the future...

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Linux Supercomputing Dominance: A Look Under the Hood

A few weeks ago, the Top500 Supercomputer list came out, as it does each November. As expected, Linux is still the most used OS for supercomputing, as it has been since taking the list by storm in the early 2000s.

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First Look at Linux Mint 12

It's a really good month for Linux distributions. First we got Fedora 16, then openSUSE 12.1, and now we have the preview release of Linux Mint 12. This release has the answer to the question: Just what is the Mint team going to do with the desktop?

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