Linux kernel 4.2 released

In today's open source roundup: Linux 4.2 is out. Plus: Linux Lite 2.6 released. And how to ready yourself for Linux

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Linux Lite 2.6 released

Linux Lite is not a distribution that gets lots of attention in the media, and that's a shame since it is geared toward welcoming newcomers to Linux. Linux Lite 2.6 is the latest release, and you can download it now.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Being based on the latest Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system from Canonical, Linux Lite 2.6 brings with it a new Control Center app that offers you a single, powerful utility for configuring your computer.

Additionally, it features a new system backup and operating system creation utility called Systemback, a new shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+Del) for summoning the restart/shutdown/logout dialog, updates the Help Manual, and introduces a Welcome screen.

Linux Lite 2.6 also features the Disks (GNOME Disk Utility) software for all of your disk partitioning tasks, a new theme for the root terminal, the VLC Media Player browser plugin, new wallpapers, and a new dark theme called Zukitwo Dark Reloaded.

More at Softpedia

How to ready yourself for Linux

Newcomers to Linux can sometimes be overwhelmed by the idea of changing operating systems. But a writer at Datamation has come up with a helpful list of nine tips that will prepare any user to make the jump to Linux.

Bruce Byfield reports for Datamation:

These days, I rarely give unsolicited technical advice. However, if people ask me how to explore and install Linux, I urge them to be systematic. To the average computer user, installing a Linux operating system is an unfamiliar procedure -- to say nothing of an exercise in unprecedented diversity.

However, if you prepare and explore systematically, the procedure can be surprisingly straightforward. Specifically, I suggest you follow these nine steps:

1. Begin with Cross-Platform Applications

2 Don't Believe Everything You Hear

3. Be Systematic About Your Explorations

4. Think in Terms of Software Categories, Not Specific Applications

5. Look for Different Names and Locations for the Same Function

6. Researching Distributions

7. Ignore Configuration At First

8.Decide on Philosophy, Not Technology

9. Understand the Installation Process

More at Datamation

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