News Category: Distributions

Ubuntu 17.04: The Bittersweet Linux Release

It's been a heck of a month for Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company. The company dropped its smartphone and tablet plans. This, in turn, ended to its plans to make Unity its universal default interface. Instead, Gnome will become Ubuntu's once and future desktop. Days later, long-time CEO Jane...
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10 (Mostly) Easy Linux Distros for Newbies

A fresh look at some of the more popular Linux distros (plus one non-Linux OS), and an impression of their ease of use. Linux has a bad rap as a daily driver – the programs aren’t written to run on Linux, it’s tricky to install stuff, and so on. But it might surprise people who think along those...
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Container-Friendly Alpine Linux May Get Java Port

Alpine Linux, a security-focused lightweight distribution of the platform, may get its own Java port. Alpine is popular with the Docker container developers, so a Java port could pave the way to making Java containers very small. A proposal floated this week on an OpenJDK mailing list calls for...
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13 Weird and Wonderful Niche Linux Distros of 2017

Fed up with the bog-standard Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and so on? Looking for a distro that reflects your individuality? In this roundup we've discovered no less than 13 of the best, oddest and most useful distributions that Linux has to offer. They include one distro which is the official, sanctioned...
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openSUSE on Raspberry Pi 3: From Zero to Functional System in a Few Easy Steps

Deploying openSUSE on Raspberry Pi 3 is not all that complicated, but there are a few tricks that smooth the process. First of all, you have several flavors to choose from. If you plan to use your Raspberry Pi 3 as a regular machine, an openSUSE version with a graphical desktop is your best option...
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How to Choose a Linux Distro for Your Old PC

Ready to give your old computer a new lease on life? Even if it's several years old and slow as molasses, you don't have to consign it the junk heap. Instead, install a new operating system and put it back into the rotation. Forget Windows, though: Linux is an open-source (and free) OS that's just...
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Best Lightweight Distros
Swapnil Bhartiya chooses his seven favorite lightweight distros for 2017.

Best Lightweight Linux Distros for 2017

Operating systems are like cars: you can get a power-hungry Humvee that guzzles gas, leaving you with a few miles to drive, or you can get a super-efficient smart car that barely sniffs gas and gives you hundreds of miles of range. You can also get a monster OS that devours all system resources (...
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Jack Wallen considers which Linux distributions are best designed for new users coming from different environments.

Best Linux Distributions for New Users

Ah, the age-old question...one that holds far more importance than simply pointing out which Linux distribution is a fan-favorite. Why is that? Let me set the stage: You have a user—one who has, most likely, spent the majority of their time in front of either a Windows or Mac machine—and they’ve...
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Raspberry Pi
Swapnil installed and used SLES, openSUSE Leap, and openSUSE Tumbleweed on Raspberry Pi and was impressed. Read more.

First 64-Bit and Enterprise OS Comes to Raspberry Pi 3

SUSE supports a lot of architectures and runs on everything from IBM mainframe to x86 machines, and more. With ARM’s push in the data center, it made even more sense for SUSE to work closely with ARM to support yet another platform. When the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B was announced, SUSE engineers...
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Best Distros
Jack Wallen looks at the best Linux distributions for 2017, according to task.

The Best Linux Distros for 2017

The new year is upon us, and it’s time to look toward what the next 365 days have in store. As we are wont to do, Linux.com looks at what might well be the best Linux distributions to be found from the ever-expanding crop of possibilities. Of course, we cannot just create a list of operating...
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