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  1. Pidora Releases for Raspberry Pi, Developers Realize Name Means Something Awful in Russian

    Might we suggest "Funcooker" as an alternative? There's probably nothing offensive about that name. Probably.

    Yesterday the Fedora Project, a community devoted to creating free open-source software, announced the release of a new operating system for the Raspberry Pi called Pidora. This is all well and good, except the word "pidor" is an incredibly offensive word for Russian speakers. Specifically, it's a very insulting slang term for gay people. Whoops.

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  2. Canonical Announces Next Logical Step: Ubuntu for Tablets

    Back in January Canonical announced that they were releasing a mobile phone version of their Ubuntu operating system, and everyone in the whole entire world Linux users got very excited. The mobile version of Ubuntu promised the full Ubuntu experience on a phone, and the seamless blending of our computers and mobile devices. To really fulfill that promise, though, Canonical needed to include tablets as well. That's why today they announced there will be a version of Ubuntu for tablets.

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  3. Linux and Valve Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together, Steam for Linux is Live

    Hey, Linux users, Valve heard you love games, so they released the official version of Steam for Linux today. To make the deal even sweeter, they're also offering 50 Linux compatible games at 50 to 75 percent off the regular price. Looks like you might have to cancel that Valentine's date tonight. You've got games to play.

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  4. Ubuntu’s Ominous Countdown Reveals Ubuntu Phone and Mobile OS

    For days now Ubuntu's site has featured an ominous countdown and the words "So close, you can almost touch it." The countdown ended with the release of a virtual keynote by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth touting a new mobile version of Ubuntu, and the "Ubuntu Phone." Shuttleworth says the new goal for Ubuntu is to create "one platform for all kinds of computing." The aim is have Ubuntu powering phones, computers, television, and the cloud.

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  5. Steam for Linux Beta Available Now

    It almost seems too good to be true, but Steam for Linux is finally in a tangible form, and the beta is available now. The service only provides a couple dozen games at the moment, but it does offer some other neat features, one of which we didn't expect right away.

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  6. Steam for Linux: No “Industrial Strength” Copy Protection, General Release Window

    If you've been patiently (or impatiently) awaiting Steam for Linux, some good news came out of the Ubuntu Summit. Speaking at the conference, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Valve Engineer Drew Bliss said that Steam for Linux will not employ "industrial strength" copy protection.

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  7. Ubuntu Download Now Comes With Optional Donation Selection Page, Give It Money

    Whether you're using OS X, or still refuse to update from Windows XP because "it's the last good Windows," the Big Two aren't the only operating system games in town. There's Linux, of course, and a lot of it. The most prevalent user-friendly versions of Linux are probably Ubuntu, Mint, and Red Hat. Normally, Linux distros are free (though Red Hat found a way to be for pay long ago), because that's the whole point. When an experienced user that hasn't tried Linux before tries a popular Linux distro for the first time, a common sentiment tends to be that, man, Linux would be so good if only there were enough money behind it. Canonical, the developers behind the popular Ubuntu distribution, are now passively asking for money through an optional donations page that allows users to choose exactly where their money goes.

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  8. Steam for Linux Really, Truly Happening: External Beta Announced for October

    Way back in April, Valve said they'd be bringing their PC games distribution platform to Linux, sort of legitimizing Linux as an operating system people could enjoy without missing out on one of the PC world's biggest services. Then, in early August, Valve said after some tweaking, they found their games ran better on Linux than Windows 7. Now, it looks like Steam for Linux is moving closer to a reality, as Valve has announced that an internal beta will be starting next week, and a private external beta will begin in October.

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  9. Twitter Joins Linux Foundation, Says Linux is Fundamental to Twitter

    You may have heard of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium to promote the growth and maintenance of Linux. Franky, Linux could use this, as the operating system is as full of potential as it is fragmented into many different groups. You also may have heard of a little thing called Twitter, a social network focused on letting people know what other people had for lunch. Twitter just threw its weight behind the Linux Foundation by joining up.

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  10. 6th Grade Teacher Builds Students a Free Linux-Based Computer Lab From Scratch

    Robert Litt teaches sixth grade in Alameda County, California. Until recently, he taught at a school that lacked a functioning computer lab. For reasons that are probably clear to anyone who reads technology and nerd culture blogs, a school in 2012 not having a computer lab is a totally unacceptable thing. It occurred to Litt that if students aren't coming out of primary education with some basic computer literacy, they're being drastically underserved by their school system, and he wasn't ready to let that fly. So, with no budget to speak of and in dire need of a computer lab, Litt turned to the warm embrace of free software and put together 70 computers running Ubuntu, meaning that ASCEND, the school where he teaches, now has not only a computer lab, but computers in classrooms as well.

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