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Linux-powered PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition available for pre-order starting today

Pine64 sells many different ARM-powered Linux devices and accessories, including the PinePhone, a hackable smartphone with dozens of supported Linux distributions. The PinePhone's performance is roughly comparable to that of a low-end Android smartphone, which is why Pine64 announced the PinePhone Pro last year, which has upgraded internal hardware. Fast forward to today, and Pine64...

Linux Mint strikes deal with Mozilla to keep Firefox as default web browser

Linux Mint has been one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions for years, combining an Ubuntu base with different desktop environments and built-in applications. Linux Mint 20.3 was just released last week with several new features, and now the operating system is partnering with Mozilla to keep Firefox as the default web browser. Linut Mint...

Linux kernel 5.16 now available with performance tweaks, Nintendo Switch controller drivers, and more

The Linux kernel is at the heart of countless devices and operating systems, including Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, desktop Linux distributions, and much more. New versions are usually released every few months, and now version 5.16 is available to try out. Linus Torvalds, the creator and lead maintainer of the Linux kernel, wrote on the...

Canonical is reworking Snap application packages on Linux

Snap is a software packaging and distribution platform for Linux developed by Canonical, creators of Ubuntu Linux. Snap applications are more portable than traditional Linux software, and most of them are containerized to prevent some common security issues. However, Snap also has plenty of problems, which might be the reason Canonical is experimenting with a...

Linux Mint 20.3 now available with updated system theme and new apps

Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions, with an Ubuntu base (giving it plenty of software to choose from) and several options for desktop environments. Linux Mint 20.3 has been available in beta testing for a while now, but the final release is out and available to download today. Linux Mint 20.3...

CodeWeavers is helping make DirectX 12 Windows games playable on Linux

CodeWeavers CrossOver is one of the most popular ways to run Windows applications on other operating systems. It combines the excellent work of the open-source Wine project (of which CrossOver's developers contribute code to) with an easier-to-use interface and front end. CodeWeavers released CrossOver 21 back in August, and now the company has shared details...

How to dual-boot Windows 11 and Linux on your PC

Windows 11 is now rolling out to PCs around the world, and if you've read our Windows 11 review, you know we recommend the upgrade from Windows 10. It has a brand-new visual design that's more consistent and attractive, and it includes some big new features like support for Android apps. As good as it...

Google’s Generic Kernel Image is the next step towards solving Android’s fragmentation problem

Google has been working on reducing fragmentation on Android for years, though part of the cause of that is the inherent nature of Android and the dual-edged sword of choice and freedom. There are countless OEMs active in the space, and all of them want to make their own modifications for their own devices. The...

Linux-powered PinePhone Pro shows off faster performance in first official demo

Pine64 has been selling ARM-powered Linux devices for years, such as the PinePhone, a low-end smartphone with a (mostly) open hardware and software design. The PinePhone Pro was announced last month as an upgraded model with improved hardware, and even though the initial model for developers isn't shipping yet, the phone has now been shown...

You can now connect USB devices in Windows Subsystem for Linux under Windows 11

Microsoft introduced Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) a while back, which brought support for running Linux apps straight from your Windows installation. Being such a complex compatibility layer, WSL had some limitations. The initial implementation didn’t even use a full-fledged Linux kernel, so several applications faced compatibility issues. Version 2 made a lot of improvements,...

Ubuntu Linux 21.10 arrives, bringing developer-focused features and GNOME 40

Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions, and it serves as the base for countless other desktop operating systems, like Linux Mint and Elementary OS. There are two major releases of Ubuntu each year, and right on schedule, Ubuntu 21.10 "Impish Indri" has just been released. The last major Ubuntu release was...

Android is shifting to an “upstream first” development model for new Linux kernel features

When you see the words "Android" and "fragmentation" in the same sentence, your mind probably immediately jumps to the Android version distribution chart. There are a few entities that most people point their fingers at when complaining that Android OS updates are slow to roll out across the board, but there's only so much Google...