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Top 10 Linux and open source posts for 2012

Here are the most-read posts for the Linux and Open Source blog in 2012.

The top posts for 2012 reflect a strong interest in the Ubuntu distribution -- its ongoing development, the evolution of the Unity desktop, and the continued addition of new features.

#1 Linux grabs its single biggest win

The U.S. Navy and Dept. of Defense have learned valuable lessons that translate to huge contracts for the Linux OS. What does this mean for open source and the community that drives it? Jack Wallen offers his take.

#2 Ubuntu 12.10: New features, new levels of user-friendliness

Ubuntu 12.10 is less than two months away from release. One feature in particular stands out as an overwhelming favorite to launch Ubuntu into new reaches of user-friendliness. The future of Ubuntu is all about web-integration.

#3 Ubuntu Unity 5.8 seriously impresses

Jack Wallen gives Ubuntu Unity 5.8 a go and is seriously impressed. Read about the improvements and why Jack is so willing to admit his mistake when proclaiming the Ubuntu desktop dead.

#4 Ubuntu's HUD: Light-years beyond any menu system

Ubuntu continues to take Unity into the future of desktops, and with its new HUD system, the desktop has now gone boldly where none has gone before. Jack Wallen introduces the Head-Up Display.

#5 Ubuntu Unity: Making the desktop seriously efficient again

Contrary to the popular opinion, Jack Wallen has found Ubuntu Unity to be one of the most efficient desktop designs on the market.

#6 Ubuntu 12.04: Desktop perfection within reach

Just how close to perfection is this latest release from Ubuntu? Read Jack's take and find out if it's enough to make you want to give Precise Pangolin a go.

#7 Upgrading Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 is released in just days. Here's the process of upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10, so you can enjoy the experience a few days early.

#8 Ubuntu 12.04: Three new features sneak in to make things interesting

Jack Wallen highlights the three features in the next Ubuntu release that he thinks are the most compelling. Are they enough to win over Unity-haters?

#9 Cotton Candy: Linux computer on a stick

Cotton Candy is the latest in tiny, Linux-powered computers now available for consumers. How tiny? This one is contained on a USB-stick you can carry in your pocket.

#10 RIP Compiz

Jack Wallen bids a fond farewell to the Compiz desktop compositor, which looks all but dead now that Fedora is dropping it from its upcoming release.


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Hear, hear! I'll join the chorus wanting to hear about distributions other than Ubuntu. Nothing in particular against it, I just don't run it, and it's a bit annoying when you see a headline for a potentially interesting article and it turns out to be just another Ubuntu rave. Ubuntu may be Linux, but it definitely doesn't follow that Linux is Ubuntu!


Does Jack Wallen write about anything else but Ubuntu? I am a huge fan of Ubuntu but the lack of any other topic from him makes me think he is a "little" biased.


Was it not worth mentioning that Mint is nowadays more popular then Ubuntu? And that people who value a useful desktop don't need the bling bling, don't even WANT Unity. Nothing about GNU? Lets forget the word Linux for a moment, thats only a tiny (but bloated) kernel. GNU is what made it happen.


That 7 of the 10 are about how Ubuntu dropped the ball going to Unity.....


... a very articulate guy with incredibly compelling views on computing today... ...I truly feel he's the much-forgotten hero of this movement, that is, if freedom computing is important to you (not going to say the word 'free' anymore: too ambiguous - it's either zero-price or freedom). We don't see Linux when we load whatever distro: we see GNU. And yet, GNU is never mentioned. Which is sad. Sort-of. Personally, I see no issues with being tracked by big corporations who want to know my interests so they can market to me more effectively *IF* that's all they're really after, but I suspect that's not their entire agenda. To be honest, though, I'm rather elated by the fact that GNULinux has an *ostensible* 1% or so of the market-share in the minds of these corporations and people in general only because in obscurity lies a bit of security, not from virus-writers and such but those who do have a vested interest in the public's activities will dismiss my activities as statistically insignificant - me and the rest of the millions of unreported/unreportable/undetectable GNULinux users - and I fly under the radar. For now. And developers are still creating awesome software for Linux so clearly they don't pay much attention to the 1% market-share nonsense... it's not a factor to them.

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