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Lilbits: Linux on (some) Amazon tablets, and is Lenovo making a Legion Go handheld gaming PC?

Amazon sells cheap tablets with decent screens and reasonably adequate specs because the company wants you to spend money on Amazon products and services. And that’s one of the reasons Amazon Fire tablets ship with a fork of Android called FireOS rather than stock Android software – because it allows Amazon to ship its own […]

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Lilbits: The next Nintendo Switch could have 10X the graphics power, a DIY eReader with mechanical keys, and more on the new Fire HD 8’s processor upgrade

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most successful game consoles in history, but while Nintendo has released a few different versions of the Switch since the first model began shipping in 2017, every version has had the same NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, which puts a bit of a bottleneck on the graphics capabilities of […]

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GNOME Shell for mobile Linux reimagines how a smartphone UI can work

The GNOME desktop environment is one of the most popular user interfaces and suites of apps available for desktop Linux distributions. Now a team of developers have been working to bring GNOME to mobile devices running Linux-based operating systems. GNOME Shell for mobile provides a touch-friendly user interface optimized for smartphones and tablets. And while […]

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Lilbits: Asus ROG Phone 6D, CTL Chromebook NL72-L with 4G LTE, and Linux phone news

The Asus ROG Phone 6 is a gaming phone with a 6.8 inch, 165 Hz OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, support for up to 18GB of RAM, and plenty of other premium features including RGB lighting on the back. Asus announced the phone in July, but it looks like the company […]

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Lilbits: Debian and GNOME celebrate birthdays, AMD Zen 4 desktop chips coming soon, more Windows games can run on Linux via Proton 7.0-4

Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC ships with a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS, which is part of the reason Valve can set starting prices as low as $299. But if the Steam Deck could only play native Linux games, it wouldn’t be much use as a gaming PC. So Valve developed Proton, a tool […]

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Lilbits: The $219 Pinebook Pro Linux laptop returns, GNOME is becoming more mobile-friendly, and Google Pixel 7 prototypes in the wild

It’s been a few years since Pine64 began shipping the PineBook Pro laptop to customers looking for a cheap, Linux-friendly notebook with an ARM-based processor. But due to global supply chain issues, it’s been out of stock at the Pine64 Store for most of the past year. Now it’s coming back and should be available […]

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GNOME 42 desktop environment brings global dark mode, app upgrades and more

GNOME is a free and open source desktop environment that provides a graphical user interface and suite of applications for Linux-based operating systems. GNOME 42 was released this week. Among other things, GNOME 42 brings a new global dark mode, a new screenshot experience that makes it easy to capture images or record videos, and […]

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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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Lilbits: Windows, Linux, and Intel news

This week Microsoft released Windows Insider Preview Build 21343 which introduces new icons for File Explorer and brings improvements for the Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard. It turns out there are also a few features Microsoft didn’t mention – including an option to restart currently running apps after you sign out and sign […]

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Fedora 30 released with flicker-free boot, better high-res display support, and more

The team behind the popular GNU/Linux distribution Fedora have released a major update that brings a bunch of software updates, some new options, and optimizations. Fedora 30 is now available for download from the Fedora website, or if you’re already using an earlier version, you should be prompted to download and install the update. The […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone will support GNOME or KDE software (if it launches)

Purism launched a crowdfunding campaign for a GNU/Linux smartphone last month, in the hopes of raising $1.5 million to bring the Purism Librem 5 to market. With more than a month to go, the corporation has raised nearly $300,000 which sounds pretty good until you realize that it’s just about 20 percent of the goal. […]

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Ubuntu 17.04 released… as developers prepare to make GNOME the default desktop in 2018

Ubuntu’s been in the news a bit lately due to the decision to drop the Unity desktop environment, give up on smartphones and tablets, and switch to the GNOME desktop by this time next year. But today Canonical released the latest stable build of Ubuntu, and it still very much features the Unity desktop experience […]

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Ubuntu 18.04 to feature GNOME desktop by default (DisUnity?)

After years of working on a user interface designed to run across phones, tablets, and desktop computers, the developers of the Ubuntu operating system have decided to shift focus. Starting next year, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu will be GNOME rather than Unity. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says the  change will start with the […]