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Pennsylvania High School Rolls Out 1,700 Linux Laptops to Students

A few weeks before Penn Manor High School gave Linux laptops to every student, stacks of the unboxed machines filled a cafeteria. There the Lancaster, Pa. district's IT staff, high school apprentices and volunteers spent winter break configuring and testing all 1,725 laptops in assembly-line fashion, in preparation for the start of the second semester.

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Linux Video of the Week: Sailfish Mobile OS Updates

Jolla's Linux-based Sailfish project released its first handset in Finland this past November to favorable reviews. Since then the Meego-derived mobile operating system has publicized a few small, but interesting updates, including a new IRC client and a demo of the OS running on a Nexus 4 (watch the videos, below.)

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Upstart SolidXK Distro Seeks First Business Customers

SolydXK started last March as the unofficial Linux Mint Debian Edition with KDE.

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SysAdmin Class Teaches Ins and Outs of a Good Local Security Policy

Sarah Kiden had never used Linux before she landed a job four years ago as a Web and E-learning Administrator at Uganda Christian University in Kampala. There she is in charge of maintaining the university's information systems on servers that largely run Linux.

She had taken one college course in Information Technology, which gave her enough background to get started, she said. The rest she learned on her own, on the job, through trial and error and a lot of hard work.

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Linux Video of the Week: Tour Qualcomm's Smart Home at CES

The big news this week was Google's planned acquisition of Nest Labs, but as Jim Zemlin, Rudi Streif and

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CentOS Project Leader Karanbir Singh Opens Up on Red Hat Deal

In the 10 years since the CentOS project was launched there has been no board of directors, or legal team, or commercial backing. The developers who labored to build the community-led version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) worked largely unpaid (though some took a few consulting gigs on the side.) They had a few hundred dollars in their bank account to pay for event t-shirts and that was it. And the project's direction was decided based on the developers' immediate needs, not a grand vision of future technology.

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Linux Video of the Week: Matthew Garrett Argues for Better Security in 2014

In his keynote talk at LinuxConf Australia this week, Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett argues that the software industry can help improve security at every level of the stack – and that it's possible to do so without sacrificing user freedom.

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Amahi's Open Source Home Server Software Goes Mobile

Following a recent trend in network attached storage (NAS), Amahi, the open source home server software based on Linux, has added remote network access using its new mobile app for iOS and a forthcoming Android app.

The apps are the latest evolution in Amahi's open source business model as the company grapples with how to scale up. Users will pay a subscription fee for streaming from their home server remotely over the internet – to, say, watch movies from outside their home network – via the free app.

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A Summer Spent on the Linux Kernel Virtual File System

Calvin Owens has learned a lot about bug hunting and fixing just by following the discussion among developers on the Linux kernel mailing list. He's even contributed a few small driver fixes over the past year. But his first real deep dive into kernel development came during his Google Summer of Code internship with The Linux Foundation this year.

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