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System76 Serval WS crams desktop CPUs and GPUs inside a laptop

System76 Serval WS crams desktop CPUs and GPUs inside a laptop

As powerful as laptops have become, they have always been limited by their size and the laws of physics. That's why hardware, especially processors, are specifically designed to squeeze out as much performance without burning the computer down. From time to time, however, you'll hear of some manufacturer boasting of performance comparable to desktop PCs. System76, famed for its Linux computers, makes that same boast by literally putting desktop-class processors inside a behemoth of a laptop known as the Serval WS.

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Every Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkStation workstation is getting Linux Certified

Every Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkStation workstation is getting Linux Certified

Lenovo has announced Linux Certification for its ThinkPad and ThinkStation workstations, giving every model and every configuration full compatibility. The news means each one of Lenovo's current range will be certified to use distributions from Ubuntu, Red Hat, and others.

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NSA warns Russian Sandworm hackers have infiltrated email MTA Exim

NSA warns Russian Sandworm hackers have infiltrated email MTA Exim

This week the NSA warned the public that Russian military cyber actors have been exploiting a version of email software for several months at least. The exploited system is MTA software for Unix-based systems, Exim mail - software that's installed with a number of Linux distributions by default. While the original patch for this vulnerability was released last year, many computers still run Exim without said patch.

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Windows 10 will soon be able to run Linux GUI apps directly

Windows 10 will soon be able to run Linux GUI apps directly

This is definitely not your grandfather's Microsoft. Not too long ago, then-CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a cancer. Today, Microsoft proclaims it loves Linux and open source, two things the company set out to destroy using whatever means necessary (and some argue it's still doing behind the scenes). From the acquisition of GitHub to its Windows Subsystem for Linux, Microsoft has been increasing its efforts to woo Linux and open source developers and it has just made one of its biggest and most important announcements on that matter.

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New Thunderbolt hack exposes your files: How to check if you’re safe [Updated]

New Thunderbolt hack exposes your files: How to check if you’re safe [Updated]

A new Thunderbolt vulnerability could allow hackers to bypass a laptop's security and access its files - regardless of your password - in a matter of minutes, researchers have announced. Dubbed Thunderspy, the exploit can be used on computers with encrypted drives, though it requires physical access to the notebook and Intel says that recent OSes, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, have been patched against the hack.

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Steam Proton has opened the gaming floodgates for Linux users

Steam Proton has opened the gaming floodgates for Linux users

The Linux (or GNU/Linux) operating system has always been promoted not only as a free (of monetary costs) alternative to the likes of Windows or macOS, it is also praised for its security, privacy, and adaptability to all kinds of devices and use cases. Despite those strengths, it retains an almost fractional slice of the consumer desktop market for various reasons. One of the most cited reason is having no access to the most popular PC games in the market. Almost two years ago, Valve released its Proton tool for Steam and it has had a tremendous though mostly unpublicized effect on the Linux gaming market.

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Surface Go 2 leaks have begun!

Surface Go 2 leaks have begun!

There's a new Microsoft Surface Go 2 in the making, and some of the first major details about the device just leaked. Leaked benchmarks and a few details about hardware make for a leak collection that portend a release this Spring, 2020. The Microsoft Surface Go 2 is rumored to be revealed and/or released as early as May 2020.

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PinePhone UBports Community Edition brings back an old but ongoing dream

PinePhone UBports Community Edition brings back an old but ongoing dream

Linux phones like the PINE64 PinePhone and Purism Librem 5 may be the hot topic in the free and open source community but they are hardly the first to take a stab at that dream. Just a few years back, Canonical, makes of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, decided to take a whack at creating a mobile Linux platform, Ubuntu Touch. It failed but the open source community took over the helm, paving the way for a new partnership that has now resulted in the PinePhone UBports Community Edition.

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Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

It seems that we have gotten past the obsession with dongles that gave rise to small HDMI PC sticks. Thanks to the popularity of set-top and smart TV boxes as well as the revival of the Mac Mini, we're back to being fascinated with small boxes that act as full-blown desktops, sans the discrete graphics card. Comparing Purism's latest product to the Apple Mac Mini probably isn't too far-fetched but the Librem Mini does have the advantage not only in power but in the promise of control, security, and privacy.

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Cosmo Communicator Android PDA can now run Linux side-by-side

Cosmo Communicator Android PDA can now run Linux side-by-side

There has been a recent uptick in interest in Linux-based smartphones but the newest breed of such devices is targeted at early testers and developers. For those who simply want a usable and polished Linux mobile device, the choices are extremely slim. A few years ago, Planet Computers launched two communicator-style Android PDAs that promised to support other operating systems, including Linux. Now the UK-based company is making good on that and is releasing multi-boot support for Linux as well as a rooted Android image.

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Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Today Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux was made available for public preview, and a version for iOS (for iPhone and iPad) and Android were announced. The Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Defender ATP will be released later this year. Today's preview of the Linux version was first shown at Ignite 2019 running on Ubuntu.

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Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Some sad news is coming around the bend today for those who play Rocket League on macOS or Linux, as developer Psyonix has revealed that it will be ending support for both of those operating systems. Support won't be happening right away, but rather in March, giving macOS and Linux users a little bit of time to figure out what they want to do in regards to Rocket League.

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