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This Tool Lets You Use Fedora and Other Distros with Windows Subsystem for Linux

bashAdd you likely know, Windows 10 Anniversary Update offers a hidden developer-orientated feature called  Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and also known as ‘Bash on Ubuntu on Windows’. The feature allows fans of popular open-source and Linux-based command line tools to use them seamlessly on their Windows desktop, no need to dual-boot into a Linux distro or open […]

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Microsoft Has Joined the Linux Foundation (No, Really!)

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-16-42-33Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation.  No, you don’t need to rub yours eyes: we did just write that. The company says it is “joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member to better collaborate with the open source community.” “We want to help developers achieve more and capitalise on the industry’s shift toward cloud-first […]

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This Is The GNOME Web Browser Running on Windows 10 [File Under Crazy]

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-18-15The screenshot above …It shows madness incarnate. Okay, it doesn’t — but it is close! You’re looking at GNOME Web — the open-source web-browser formerly known as Epiphany — running on Windows 10 via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka Bash on Ubuntu on Windows). The Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is being upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in an upcoming Windows […]

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You Can’t Install Linux on a Microsoft Signature Edition Laptop (Updated)

en-us-sig-mod-a-signature-edition-desktopIt seems that Microsoft Signature Edition PCs prevent you from installing Linux, with a Lenovo rep saying this is “per our agreement with Microsoft”.

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German City Hopes to Wean Citizens Off Windows XP With Free Linux CDs

Thousands of free Linux CDs are to be distributed to citizens of a German city in spring of next year.

Munich City Council plan to make Ubuntu discs available as a ‘replacement for Windows XP’ – Microsoft’s 11-year old operating system for which support officially ends in April of next year.

The proactive effort is been billed as an attempt to ‘prevent electronic waste’ from discarded computers that, whilst still serviceable with an alternative OS, would fail to meet the requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

It’s estimated that some 20 million German PC users are still running Windows XP.

Lubuntu – Lightweight & Familiar

Lubuntu 12.04 PPC on an iBook G4

Lubuntu Loves Low-End Hardware

The council’s proposal1, which has already been tentatively accepted, will see 2000 Lubuntu CDs handed out at special eventsduring the early part of next year.

These events will seek to educate those using Windows XP as to their options once official support ends, and highlight a ‘proven and reliable’ free, Linux-based solution for those who don’t fancy the expense of upgrading their machines.

Ubuntu-spin Lubuntu has been chosen as the recommended choice for two prime reasons:

Firstly, the layout of the Lubuntu desktop is considered similar to that of Windows XP. Similar enough for officials to conclude that ‘special computer skills [will not be necessary]‘

Secondly, the hardware requirements are lower than those needed by other Linux distributions, such as regular, Unity-toting Ubuntu. Lubuntu is able to run comfortably on as little as 256MB of RAM.

‘No Stranger to Progressive IT’

Munich City Council are no stranger to progressive IT thinking. In 2003 the city instigated a (controversial) migration from Windows XP to a custom Linux distribution called Limux2 on over 13,000 local government PCs and laptops. The most recent release of Limux is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Next Steps

The next step for Munich City Council and its Mayor is to find a way of meeting the quoted €4000 cost of printing discs and literature through outside means, such as a running promotions with local businesses.

 1 Proposal (German, .pdf)
Limux on Wikipedia

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