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Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations can now have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations can now have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

While the year of the Linux Desktop remains a dream, awareness and adoption of this open source operating system has perhaps never been better. That's partly thanks to companies like Canonical that push Linux not only to businesses but also to consumers. The latter, however, would probably prefer not to have to install Linux themselves on their new laptops or desktops. With the latest fruit of the collaboration between the Ubuntu maker and Lenovo, they won't have to, presuming they're buying a new ThinkPad or ThinkStation.

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Microsoft Edge coming to Linux, Linux GUI apps coming to Windows

Microsoft Edge coming to Linux, Linux GUI apps coming to Windows

For a company that once painted Linux and open source as cancers, Microsoft has been doing a lot in the past years to embrace both. It's not going to be an open source company, of course, and many still view its actions with suspicion but it's hard to deny that open source (former) public enemy #1 is doing some things that are already appealing to both Linux users and especially developers. At its virtual Ignite developers conference, Microsoft announced a few upcoming treats that you may have never imagined it would ever do.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse puts MagSpeed scroll wheel in a smaller package

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 mouse puts MagSpeed scroll wheel in a smaller package

Logitech today announced the MX Anywhere 3, a wireless, compact mouse that’s meant to be taken on the go and used across multiple machines. Despite being significantly smaller, the MX Anywhere 3 borrows some features from the MX Master 3, including the mouse’s MagSpeed scroll wheel that’s built out of machined steel. In a few ways, the MX Anywhere 3 seems to be a smaller counterpart to the MX Master 3.

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ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

Google has been heavily pushing Chromebooks and Chrome OS almost as the all-in-one computer system you'll ever need, especially with the upcoming support for running Windows applications (at least on the enterprise). As a software platform, however, Chrome OS's story has never really been complete and that is manifested in the lack of quality or even notable apps and games for Chrome OS. Google is finally adding a new chapter to that story with ChromeOS.dev, its new one-stop-shop to help developers get up and running on making software for Google's OS.

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BootHole vulnerability threatens Windows and Linux computers

BootHole vulnerability threatens Windows and Linux computers

It may have a rather amusing name but this new security vulnerability is no laughing matter. Researchers have discovered a bug in software that runs even before any operating system starts up that could grant hackers unbridled access to a computer. And while Linux computers are directly at risk from this BootHole exploit, almost all Windows computers from the past decade or so are also vulnerable to getting hijacked and hacked with almost no telltale signs of a compromised system.

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Google and Canonical bring Flutter apps to Ubuntu Linux

Google and Canonical bring Flutter apps to Ubuntu Linux

For all its benefits in security, performance, and openness, the Linux operating system is still avoided by many computer users because of its software catalog. It's not that Linux lacks app but it lacks the sort of apps that people are used to on Windows and Mac or even on Android and iOS. There is no shortage of projects that try to bring some sort of compatibility with those apps, like WINE for Windows and Anbox for Android. A different strategy, however, is writing apps in a way that makes them run on all or most platforms. That's the premise behind Flutter and it's now coming to Linux, at least on the Ubuntu flavor of Linux.

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Huawei’s ARM-based desktop PC could leave you scratching your head

Huawei’s ARM-based desktop PC could leave you scratching your head

A lot of focus has been placed on Huawei's predicament regarding its smartphones and networking business vis-a-vis US trade bans but those aren't the only things the company is worried about. It has also started to dabble in the PC market and it will face the same restrictions when trying to get its hands on Intel or AMD silicon and Microsoft software. Its solution is, of course, to roll out its own replacements for those but one review of a Huawei PC doesn't inspire confidence in its chances.

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Chrome OS might soon run Steam games too

Chrome OS might soon run Steam games too

It is increasingly becoming evident that Google is grooming Chrome OS to be something like a dumping ground for anything and everything it can cram into what was originally a glorified Chrome web browser. From that modest beginning, Chromebooks have grown up to support not just Android and Linux apps but also triple-A gaming via Stadia. It seems that Google isn't done yet and may even be working on getting Steam games to run on future Chromebooks, further transforming their image from educational toys to serious work computers.

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CutiePi is an open source and portable Raspberry Pi tablet

CutiePi is an open source and portable Raspberry Pi tablet

The Raspberry Pi opened up a whole new world of DIY projects but it has ironically been more difficult to actually produce a "normal" RPi-powered computer that doesn't look like a Frankensteined contraption. There are, of course, some kits that let you easily assemble a Raspberry Pi desktop, laptop, or even tablet, but those look more like things you'd rather leave at home than be caught dead using it outside. It's for that exact use case that CutiePi was born and now the ready-to-use RPi Tablet has launched on Kickstarter to bring all that to everyone willing to take the risk.

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Microsoft Defender threat protection comes to Android and Linux

Microsoft Defender threat protection comes to Android and Linux

For decades, Windows has been regarded as one of the most easily compromised platforms, especially because of its ubiquity, that there has been no shortage of security software developed for it. Over the recent years, however, Microsoft has been developing its own suite of security tools that have become good enough that some users have even started to swear by the Microsoft Defender name. Now Microsoft is bringing its Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) system to two new operating systems, taking it one step closer to becoming truly universal.

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Dell debuted a few laptops aimed at gamers but it also has one that caters more to users doing some serious work. At least when that work involves maintaining servers, developing software, or simply just using Linux. Continuing their nearly decade-long partnership, Dell and Canonical are putting out yet another Ubuntu-powered laptop, this time the XPS 13 Developer Edition, that's promised to get security updates for up to ten years. Presuming the laptop does last that long, of course.

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PINE64 PineTab Linux tablet with UBPports is now on pre-order

PINE64 PineTab Linux tablet with UBPports is now on pre-order

The fuss over Linux phones seems to have died down a bit, perhaps due to the coronavirus pandemic making it harder to manufacture and ship these devices. For companies and developers pushing these open source and privacy-focused ecosystems forward, the show must go on. After a brief period of relative (but not total) silence, PINE64, makers of the PinePhone Linux phone, has opened pre-orders for its Linux tablet that's coming with a slight twist.

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