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Brewery employee at Molson Coors fatally shoots 5 in Milwaukee rampage, then kills self
Brewery employee at Molson Coors fatally shoots 5 in Milwaukee rampage, then kills selfMolson Coors said Wednesday there was an active shooter on its Milwaukee campus and ordered its employees to find a safe place to hide.       

Trump puts Vice President Mike Pence in charge of coronavirus response, says nation is 'very ready'
Trump said he trusted the advice from his top health officials but he also at times appeared to contradict him.      

San Francisco, Orange County declare coronavirus health emergencies
San Francisco, Orange County declare coronavirus health emergenciesSan Francisco Mayor London Breed issues a state of emergency aimed at preparing the California city for a coronavirus outbreak.       

Trump campaign sues New York Times in libel lawsuit involving opinion piece on Russia
Trump campaign sues New York Times in libel lawsuit involving opinion piece on RussiaThe lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, claims the newspaper intentionally published a false story in 2019 related to the Russia investigation.       

America has a history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. The House just voted to change that
America has a history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. The House just voted to change thatThe House approved a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters say is long overdue.       

Joe Biden has big lead in South Carolina primary, per Clemson University's Palmetto Poll
Joe Biden has big lead in South Carolina primary, per Clemson University's Palmetto PollClemson University's Palmetto Poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a big lead and Tom Steyer in second place.       

Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dies; coronavirus fears halt MSC ship, Alitalia flight
Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dies; coronavirus fears halt MSC ship, Alitalia flightMSC Cruises' Meraviglia was turned away from ports in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; Alitalia passengers left Africa rather than enter quarantine.       

Smithsonian makes nearly 3 million pieces of art available online and free to use
Smithsonian makes nearly 3 million pieces of art available online and free to useThe Smithsonian released nearly 3 million images from its vast catalog to an online repository available for anyone online.       

'Flagrant indifference:' Gas company pleads guilty, will pay record $53M for deadly Massachusetts explosions
'Flagrant indifference:' Gas company pleads guilty, will pay record $53M for deadly Massachusetts explosionsColumbia Gas Company of Massachusetts will plead guilty to felony charges for not meeting safety standards that led to the catastrophic explosions.       

Mom arrested, North Carolina pond searched: Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell still missing
Mom arrested, North Carolina pond searched: Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell still missingAn Amber Alert was issued for 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell on Feb. 19 after she was last seen in December. The FBI is helping in the Tennessee case.       

ABC News suspends veteran correspondent over comments captured in undercover Project Veritas video
ABC News suspends veteran correspondent over comments captured in undercover Project Veritas videoABC News said it suspended veteran correspondent David Wright because his comments hurt the network's "reputation for fairness and impartiality."       

Who won the debate in South Carolina? Not the moderators, if you ask Twitter
Who won the debate in South Carolina? Not the moderators, if you ask TwitterWho won the debate in Charleston, South Carolina? Twitter has some opinions. Social media seems to be in agreement that the moderators lost.       


DesktopLinux.com acquired ...
DesktopLinux.com's publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ... At this point, the future of DesktopLinux.com is uncertain. What we can say

Red Hat unveils 10-year support plan
Red Hat has extended the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years, with RHEL 6 now supported through 2020. Meanwhile, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman left Red Hat rival SUSE to join the Linux Foundation as a fellow.

KDE 4.8 adds adaptive power management, new windowing tricks
Version 4.8 of the KDE desktop environment and software bundle was released, featuring improved, adaptive power management and new windowing layouts. KDE 4.8 is also faster and more stable, and offers new features like Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets and the KDE Telepathy IM framework, says the community.

Ubuntu 12.10 will bypass menus via predictive search
Canonical unveiled a search-oriented Head-Up Display (HUD) interface that will debut in Ubuntu 12.04. Aiming to reduce dependence on menus and eventually replace them with the help of gesture and voice interactions, HUD could find its way into future versions of Ubuntu designed for smartphones and TVs.

Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Arch Linux patch Linux kernel exploit
Canonical, Red Hat, and Arch Linux have released patches that fix a vulnerability in Linux kernels 2.6.39 and above that enable attackers to gain system root access. The distro patches followed a kernel patch to fix the vulnerability, but proof-of-concept exploit code examples have already been posted.

'Cinnamon' GNOME 3 fork now 'fully stable' with version 1.2
The Linux Mint team announced a "fully stable" version of its "Cinnamon" fork of GNOME 3.x. Available for several major Linux distributions, Cinnamon 1.2 is more customizable than GNOME 3.x, restores much of the GNOME 2.x interface, and adds features such as desktop effects and layout options.

Linux gains share on enterprise servers -- and desktops, too
Linux jumped to 1.4 percent desktop market share from 0.97 percent in July, according to Net Applications. Meanwhile, a Linux Foundation survey on enterprise Linux says 79.8 percent of organizations are planning to increase their Linux deployments, citing affordability, technical features, and security as Linux advantages.

Linux Foundation tips 2012 schedule, sends LinuxCon to San Diego
The Linux Foundation posted a calendar of its 2012 conferences. These include the Linux Kernel Summit, which will be held Aug. 26-28 in San Diego, where it will be co-located with the larger LinuxCon North America event and the Linux Plumbers Conference, both held Aug. 29-31.

Linux 3.2 goes bigtime on file systems, improves thin provisioning
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 3.2 kernel, featuring file-system enhancements such as support for Ext4 block sizes up to 1MB, and faster Btrfs scrubbing. Linux 3.2 also adds some process scheduler improvements, better thin provisioning support, and new Wi-Fi, graphics, and DSP drivers.

CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones
A week after releasing CentOS 6.1, the CentOS project launched version 6.2 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, while Oracle released its own RHEL 6.2 variant with Oracle Linux 6.2. Meanwhile, Red Hat unveiled a beta of RHEL 5.8, and announced strong third-quarter earnings.

CentOS turns 6.1, still trails Red Hat by a lap
CentOS 6.1 has arrived to bring the features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 to those who can live without a Red Hat subscription. CentOS 6.1 offers non-proprietary improvements found in RHEL 6.1, including virtualization performance optimizations, enhanced development tools, and some YUM package management enhancements.

How to replace Ubuntu 11.10's Unity desktop with good ol' GNOME
Ubuntu users who dislike the Unity desktop environment have other alternatives besides sticking with "Maverick Meerkat" or jumping ship to another distro. An illustrated DeviceGuru tutorial shows how to load the GNOME Fallback mode on Ubuntu 11.10 and configure it to provide a GNOME 2.x-like experience.

Red Hat 6.2 scales up on multicore platforms
Red Hat revised its enterprise-focused Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution with claims for greater performance and scalability on multicore platforms. RHEL 6.2 also offers enhancements in resource management, high availability, storage and file system performance, and identity management, says the company.

Linux Mint 12 ships as distro's popularity soars
The Mint project released the final Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa"), which offers "MGSE" extensions to GNOME 3.2 that let users create a more GNOME 2.3x-like environment. Based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0, Linux Mint 12 features upgrades to Firefox 7.0, LibreOffice 3.4.3 and Thunderbird 7.0.1.

OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools
The OpenSUSE project released OpenSUSE 12.1, featuring Linux 3.1, GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7, plus support for KDE's "OwnCloud" cloud platform. OpenSUSE 12.1 introduces the SystemD configuration utility and Google's Go programming language, and integrates a Btrfs-based "Snapper" tool for rolling back system updates and configuration changes.

Linux Mint 12 RC1 adds GNOME 2.x-like extensions to GNOME 3.2
Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa") RC1 was released, based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0. RC1 offers GNOME 3.2 -- but augments it with "MGSE" extensions designed to let users customize a GNOME 2.3x-like desktop environment -- and Mint also supplies a GNOME 2.x clone called MATE.