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Redmond Got Git
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Pi All Around
What do you get when you put 15,000 single board computers in the hands of
schoolkids? Google will soon find out, having
UK's school system a grant to do just that.

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Planning to release an app that leverages Facebook's APIs? Better cross
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Last week, we asked you to name your preferred Linux distro. A record
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*Ubuntu* was the massive overall fave, receiving three times as many votes
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"I would love to run pure Debian but am running Ubuntu for the cohesion of
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"Without a doubt it's Ubuntu," echoes *GQ Lewis*, who explains, "It is
simply the most intuitive of the Linux variations that I've used, and I
have easily tried 10 or more. That's what has been most impressive about it
to me."

"Ubuntu," pronounces *Charlie*, "because I've found it the easiest to
install and manage without having to sweat the details."

"I would like to put in a strong second vote in for Puppy Linux," says *Michael
O'Grady*. "Brings older machines back to life and is pretty snappy."

"Crunchbang takes up virtually no space and runs like greased lightning,"
says *Stefan*.

"Straight to the chase: Arch Linux," says *Nick*. "Clear and comprehensive
documentation, simple and lightweight architecture, and an insanely elegant
package manager. For the first time in my digital life, things 'just work.'
What's not to love?"
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late '90s. But, magic can be ugly. The handsets include a mode that hides
texts and call history on demand, allowing philandering Don Juanabees to
carry on several secret lives.
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