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Damn Small Linux is back and bigger than ever (but still small enough to fit on a CD)

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a lightweight GNU/Linux distribution designed to breathe new life into old computer hardware by offering a full desktop operating system that runs on a wide range of hardware, but which takes up as little disk space as possible. The original goal of DSL was to keep everything under 50MB, and […]

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Rhino Linux is a rolling release, Ubuntu-based Linux distro with PC, PinePhone, and PineTab support

Rhino Linux is a new GNU/Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu, but which handles some key things differently from Canonical’s operating system. Unlike Ubuntu, Rhino is a rolling release operating system, which means that updates are delivered frequently, and whenever they’re available rather than saving everything up for a major OS update that comes only […]

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This stripped-down Windows 11 version runs on less than 2GB of RAM (and doesn’t require TPM)

The official system requirements for Windows 11 include a computer with at least 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and TPM 2.0 security. Folks have been finding ways around that last requirement for ages. But now you can easily avoid the first two as well thanks to a stripped down version of Windows 11 called […]

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LineageOS 20 is an Android 13-based open source operating system with a new camera app (and much more)

LineageOS is one of the best known custom ROMs for Android phones (and other devices), allowing you to replace the software that came with your device with a customizable, open source alternative. Now the developers have released LineageOS 20 and the latest build brings a number of significant improvements. First up, it’s based on Android 13. […]

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Orange Pi OS: Android and Linux-based operating systems for Orange Pi single-board PCs

The maker of the Orange Pi line of single-board computers (among other things) offers a handful of Android or Linux images that can be installed on most of the company’s products. But for the most part they’re just existing operating systems that have been tweaked to support Orange Pi hardware. Now Shenzhen Xunlong Software has […]

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AYA Neo Air with an OLED display is a thinner, lighter handheld gaming PC for $549 and up

The AYA Neo Air is a handheld gaming PC that stands out in an increasingly crowded market for a few reasons. It’s the first with an OLED display. It’s one of the thinnest and lightest models to feature an x86 processor. And it’s AYA’s most affordable handheld to date, with retail prices starting as low […]

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Now you can buy Windows 11 on a USB flash drive (physical media arrives 7 months after digital downloads)

Microsoft released Windows 11 in October, 2021 by making it available as a free upgrade for compatible PCs running Windows 10. The software also soon began shipping on new PCs as well. One thing you haven’t been able to do until now? Buy a box that has physical media with a Windows 11 installer pre-loaded. […]

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Capyloon’s web-based OS is now available for mainline Linux phones (PinePhone Pro and Librem 5)

Capyloon is an operating system designed around web apps and technologies that picks up where Firefox OS when Mozilla abandoned its now-abandoned web-based operating system. Capyloon uses Mozilla’s open source Boot to Gecko operating system as its base, but features a new user interface and suite of apps designed with privacy and distributed technologies in mind. […]

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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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Party like it’s 1994 with FreeDOS 1.3, open-source MS-DOS compatible operating system

FreeDOS is an open source operating system that allows you to run MS-DOS applications even though Microsoft stopped developing and supporting MS-DOS more than two decades ago. While FreeDOS has been feature complete for years, the developers have continued working on the software and this weekend they released FreeDOS 1.3. While there are plenty of […]

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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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Run (some) Windows apps on Haiku operating system thanks to Wine port

Haiku is free and open source operating system designed to be compatible with BeOS, a legacy operating system from the 1990s. Haiku itself has been under development for two decades, but it’s still considered beta software (and it only hit that state a few years ago). While there’s a relatively limited number of native apps […]

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ReactOS 0.4.14 brings new features, more hardware support to the open source Windows clone

ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to be compatible with Windows applications. It’s been in development for more than two decades and is still very much work-in-progress software, but the first major release in more than a year brings a handful of new features and support for additional hardware. ReactOS 0.4.14 is now […]

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Raspberry Pi OS gets a legacy version to offer extended stability

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the release of its first Raspberry Pi OS (Legacy). It’s a new-but-old OS aimed at giving developers a platform that won’t see major changes quite as often as the main branch of the operating system. Legacy will be based on the Debian oldstable release — which is currently Debian […]