DuckDuckGo gets slick redesign and helpful new features

In today's open source roundup: DuckDuckGo gets a facelift and new features. Plus: A Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon slideshow, and China bans Windows 8 from government computers

DuckDuckGo - the search engine that doesn't track you - has gotten a redesign and a number of new features. It has a new look, along with smarter answers, images and videos, local places, and auto-suggest search results.

According to DuckDuckGo:

Here's a list of some of the changes:

Auto-suggest - See suggested search results as you type your search term.

Redesign - Less clutter and default, classic or dark theme options.

Images and videos - Always available on search results page via a carousel.

Places - Find local places of interest.

Meanings - Better search for ambiguous words.

Recipes - Search for cooking recipes.

Weather - Get instant weather forecasts.

Answers - Answers to your questions.

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DuckDuckGo is my favorite search engine these days, so I'm quite happy to see these improvements. I like being able to choose a theme, and the new features should prove very useful to most searchers. It's nice to have an alternative to Google, Bing or Yahoo. The new version of DuckDuckGo is live right now, so check it out if you prefer not to be tracked while searching.

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Slideshow

I did a slideshow here on ITworld that highlights many of the new features coming in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon.

According to ITWorld:

There’s quite a bit to look forward to in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. Changes in this release include Update Manager and Driver Manager improvements, Login Screen enhancements, a new Language Settings tool, tweaks to the Software Sources menu, and a redesigned Welcome Screen, among other things.

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