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Maui Shell Alpha released (convergent desktop environment for Linux phones and PCs)

The developers of the Linux-based NitruxOS (NXOS) have been working on a slick new convergent desktop environment called Maui Shell designed to look good and function well on just about any device no matter the screen size, which makes it an interesting option for phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers – or devices that are […]

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Lilbits: What Europe’s antitrust crackdown on big tech could mean for users around the globe

The European Union is poised to adopt new antitrust rules for the biggest tech companies that could have widespread consequences for online advertising, app stores, and interoperability of messaging apps. Imagine being able to install a third-party app store on an iPhone, for example, or use Signal to send messages to your contacts who only […]

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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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Ubuntu Touch could breathe new life into the troubled JingPad A1 Linux tablet

The JingPad A1 is a tablet with premium specs and software that’s both unusual, and unfinished. Launched last year by a Chinese startup called Jingling, the JingPad A1 was designed to run a tablet-friendly Linux distribution called JingOS. But the company that makes the tablet (and its operating system) has fallen on hard times, putting the […]

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Lilbits: Google is taking Android tablets seriously (again), Elementary OS troubles, and more about Apple’s M1 Ultra

It’s been more than a decade since Google released Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of the company’s mobile operating system specifically designed for tablets. The next release, Android 4.0, basically merged the smartphone and tablet operating systems into one… and Google hasn’t really paid much attention to tablets or tablet apps since then, leaving […]

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Lilbits: Making Windows 11 more tablet-friendly, Pixel 7 design leaked, Oppo Find X5 phone and Oppo Pad tablet launched

The latest dev channel preview build of Windows 11 brings an experimental new feature that could make Microsoft’s desktop operating system a little more tablet friendly: the taskbar will shrink to a small size and display only the most critical status icons to get out of your way when you don’t need it. But you […]

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Lilbits: Fortnite for Linux isn’t happening, Vivo NEX 5 specs leaked, MAME turns 25

When Valve’s Steam Deck begins shipping to customers later this month, the handheld gaming PC will be running a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS. And that could give gaming on Linux a bit of a boost. While Valve’s game client has been able to run on Linux for years, as of last month just […]

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KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS desktop environment brings fingerprint support, performance and user interface improvements and more

The developers of the open source KDE Plasma desktop environment for Linux distributions have released Plasma 5.24, which brings a number of performance improvements, visual tweaks, and new features. It’s also a long term support (LTS) release, which means it will continue to receive bug fixes and other updates until the next major update, which […]

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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit brings a major speed boost, Toshiba’s impending split up, and a possible GrapheneOS smartphone

Most recent Raspberry Pi single-board computers have 64-bit processors, but up until recently the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s custom Linux distribution designed for the small, inexpensive PCs was only available in a 32-bit version. But last week saw the official release of Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit, which is compatible with the Raspberry PI 3 and newer […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck size, Slackware 15, and Windows 11’s new Media Player

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display, built-in game controllers (including touchpads), and a custom AMD processor with RDNA 2 graphics that will make it one of the most powerful devices in this category so far. It’ll also be one of the biggest devices of its type to date… […]

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Raspberry Pi OS enters the 64-bit era (but 32-bit is still the default option)

Raspberry Pi has been using 64-bit processors for its tiny, low-cost computers since the organization launched the Raspberry Pi 3 in early 2016. But up until now the official Raspberry Pi OS has been 32-bit only. Now, after months of beta testing, the folks at Raspberry Pi have released the first official build of Raspberry Pi […]

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System76 Kudu is a Linux laptop with Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA RTX 3060

The System76 Kudu is a laptop with a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display with a 144 H screen refresh rate, an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-core, 16-thread processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics. And while most laptops with those specs ship with Windows, the Kudu is designed to run Linux. System76 […]