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+ - No, Linux is not dead on the desktop->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "There are certain constants in life, and one of them is a never-ending spate of predictions that Linux is dead on the desktop. It's inevitable that we see these kinds of article popping up every once in a while. CIO has one of the latest examples of this as it tries to make the case that Linux is dead on the desktop.

Bah! I hate having to wade through these kinds of articles, but it's necessary to answer them lest the perception take root that "Linux is doomed!" and all the usual blather that goes along with such nonsense. Every single time I read one of these articles my eyes roll into the back of my head and various profanities burst from my lips."

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+ - Quick Look: Peppermint Five->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "Peppermint Five, the latest release of the distribution formerly called Peppermint OS, features a brand new Control Center to manage settings, as well as a rebuilt Ice SSB (Site Specific Browser) manager. Since it’s built on the Ubuntu 14.04 code base, Peppermint Five is also a long term support release."
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+ - Why the iPod touch will become the iPad nano March 29, 2014By Jim Lynch->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "The iPod touch is a very misunderstood mobile device. When many people talk about it, it’s usually in the context of playing music. But the iPod touch goes far beyond being just a music player though, it’s a pocket computer that can do virtually anything an iPhone or iPad can do (minus phone calls or cellular connections). I think that has more to do with the name “iPod” than anything else, and it’s way past time for the name to change to better reflect what the iPod touch can do."
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+ - Do distrohoppers have too many choices?->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "Distrohopping can be an immense amount of fun as a Linux user switches distributions frequently to try to find that elusive “best distro of all.” Everyday Linux User thinks that distrohoppers might be suffering from what can be termed “cable television syndrome.” While I think this is a possibility, I also think the advantages of distrohopping far outweigh the disadvantages.

I’m of the mind that more choices are better than fewer choices. One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of choices that are out there. There literally is a distribution for everybody, no matter how eclectic your taste in Linux might be. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a visit to DistroWatch, and you can find a Linux distribution that suits your needs."

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+ - Kubuntu 13.10 Review: Kubuntu Gets a Software Center->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "The release of Ubuntu 13.10 has brought with it updates to the various Ubuntu spins. Kubuntu 13.10 is certainly one of the most important so it’s time to take a look at it. I haven’t done a full review of Kubuntu in quite a long while, so I was very curious to see how it had changed and what it had to offer.

I’m happy to say that Kubuntu 13.10 didn’t disappoint, I found myself liking it much more than Ubuntu 13.10."

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+ - iOS 7: An Estrogen-Addled Mess Designed for 13 Year Old Girls->

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JimLynch (684194) writes "There’s a real gender issue with the iOS 7 icon color scheme. The iOS 7 beta icons practically ooze estrogen! The manly, solid colors and design found in iOS 6 have been chopped off as viciously as Lord Varus’ balls and cock in Game of Thrones. In short, iOS 7 is a clam-o-rama of soft pastels that overwhelm male eyeballs, while bathing men in a sea of soft, limp nothingness.

If this is Johnny Ives’ work then it seems pretty clear that Scott Forstall was the alpha male at Apple. Or maybe it was Steve Jobs, or Jobs and Forstall together who put a masculine stamp on iOS? Either way, it’s pretty clear that iOS has totally lost its balls in iOS 7."

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Linux

+ - Linux Mint 13 Review->

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JimLynch writes "Woohoo! It’s Linux Mint time again! Linux Mint 13 (wow, not exactly a lucky number!) has just been released, so I hopped right on it. Linux Mint has long been one of my favorite distros. We’ll find out in this review if the latest version measures up to its previous incarnations.

Linux Mint 13 comes with two different desktop options: MATE or Cinnamon. For this review, I picked the MATE version. You can download either of them. See the install section of the review for download details."

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+ - Blizzard's Mobile Mistake->

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JimLynch writes "Blizzard is generally regarded as a smart company with a savvy business model and knowledgeable developers. However, it has made a terrible mistake by not developing mobile versions of its popular games.

Oh sure, Blizzard released its Mobile Armory ages ago. And it’s fine for what it does, but it doesn’t let you play World of Warcraft on your iPad, iPhone or other mobile device."

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Ubuntu

+ - Sneak Peek: Linux Mint 12->

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JimLynch writes "The first release candidate for Linux Mint 12 is out now, and I couldn’t resist doing a sneak peek of it. I’ll do a full review on DLR when the final release comes out.

Linux Mint 12, as you may have heard, uses GNOME 3.2 as its desktop environment. But the Linux Mint developers never do anything quite the same as other distros. In this release they’ve added MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extensions) that make it possible to use the GNOME 3 desktop in a way similar to previous releases of GNOME."

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Ubuntu

+ - Kubuntu 11.10 Review-> 1

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JimLynch (684194) writes "The release of Ubuntu 11.10 also means that all of the related spins have also been updated, including Kubuntu 11.10.

Many people have expressed dissatisfaction with Ubuntu after Canonical added Unity to it. Kubuntu has often been mentioned as a possible replacement for Ubuntu for users who dislike Unity and want to move to another environment. Does Kubuntu 11.10 work well as a replacement for Ubuntu 11.10? We'll find out in this review."

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+ - Ubuntu 11.10 Review->

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JimLynch writes "Yet another Ubuntu release is upon us. This time around it’s Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10). Canonical, as you may already know, tends to name its release after various kinds of animals. The ocelot is a dwarf leopard that dwells in South and Central America and Mexico. The other part of the name is the word “oneiric” which essentially means “relating to dreams” according to the Merrian-Webster dictionary."
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Mandriva

+ - Mageia 1 Review->

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JimLynch writes "Mandriva had been around a long time and is a popular desktop distribution. I was intrigued to find that Mandriva now has a fork called Mageia. The first release of Mageia came out recently and I finally found some time to sit down and give it a go. Mageia was created by former Mandriva contributors."
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Comment: Apple's Greed Knows No Bounds (Score 2) 307

by JimLynch (#36878414) Attached to: Amazon, Google Cave To Apple, Drop In-App Buttons
Here's my take on it. Apple's greed is amazing to behold. And you have to love the conflict of interest between being owning the platform and also competing with Amazon via iBooks. How is it one company gets to take 30% of the sales of their competitor? Apple, Greed and the Amazon Kindle App http://jimlynch.com/2011/07/25/apple-greed-and-the-amazon-kindle-app/

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