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A week with Sabayon on the Macbook Pro

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Last week after being desperatly disappointed with the direction Apple are taking with OSX after using Mountain Lion for a ew hour i decided to go back to using Linux. However finding the right Linux distro was important, the Macbook Pro (MBP) is not a PC, yes it will run almost every Intel based linux distro there are a few hardware gotchas which make the choice of Distro important for the quickest out of the box up and working experience.

As the title suggests a platform i'm already enamoured with was my first choice, the Gentoo based source and binary distro Sabayon with its recently updated version 8.

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A phone, a Dock, a thin Client.. Thanks Ubuntu..

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Linux

A while ago I suggested that Ubuntu were all out of Ideas, turns out they are not, they are full of them. Well after Ubuntu TV, here is a new Idea. Android Phone, a Dock, Ubuntu Desktop, Seamless integration.

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Moving to Linux on a Macbook PRo

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Linux

the announcement of Mountain Lion is the Vista moment for Apple, it's that point when many Apple users will take time to step back and think about the Operating system on their Apple PC.

Windows 8 will be one option However Linux has become a very stable OS when done right on Apple hardware. However it takes a big step and a leap of faith to drop OSX..

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Observations of a Egotistical Technical Elitist

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Humor

Lets be honest, the title alone sets the tone of this post, so please no comments stating i'm an elitist snob, because this i'm am keenly aware of. However a touch of honesty now and again does tend to go a long way.

So what's the problem? Well there are more than one and they grind me down on a daily basis, so it's time to air them here and these are all tech issues..

So lets start with...

Are we close to the computer in our pocket?

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Just talk

Smartphones are computers, they have the same processing power as devices from a few years back, decent battery lives, complete Operating systems which will sit happily on desktop PC's if you let them. However when we get into the office or home, we put them down and head for the keyboard..

Ubuntu/Linux has a potentially big role to play in this arena if it does it right on Mobiles. A few standards are needed for Dock connectors so 3rd parties can join in and very soon true mobile computing could pave the way..

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What the difference a distro release makes..

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Linux

I'm a firm believer in Sabayon, i've been using it since the heady days of version 3 with the DVD ISO which contained nearly 4GB of both Gnome and KDE distros and an hours installation. This gave the user a bleeding edge distro which implemented Compiz first and better than anyone else as an example.however I have to say I'm just a little disappointed in this release with it's implementation of Gnome 3.

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What options for a computer Desktop in 2012

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Linux

What's out there right now when it comes to Desktop Interfaces which are available right now and how do they relate to the Touch interface Tablets moving forward?

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What stood out at CES this year?

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Just talk

Ces 2012 is all but over and there have been a few products which stood out, especially Lenovo getting fingers into everything from phones to TVs.

While many of the innovations were not direct Linux products as they were being showcased on Windows I think this sort of show does point a path where the innovation in Linux has to happen if it is going to stay relevant. The Ubuntu TV is a fine example and it would be great in the next few years to see more of this.. Touch screen interfaces, portability, battery saving, mobility....

Here are some of the products I thought stood out.

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Going Thin for the Consumer...

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Just talk

While the concept of the Thin client has caught on in the world of the office it's not really set the consumer world alight. In many offices in an attempt to keep the costs of ne hardware down companies such as VMware and Citrix have been running rampant over the last few years going full circle on the 1970's mainframe ideas except this time feeding Windows Desktops straight out of the comms room onto users desktops.

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Corel Aftershot Pro makes Ubuntu a Viable OS for Photographers

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Linux

Corel have recently announced Aftershock Pro a $100 package aimed directly at Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture as a photo workflow and management tool. and there is a Linux Option..

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Linux on Ultrabooks? and What would make me ditch my Macbook Pro

With all the fuss it seems Ultra Thin PC's are here to stay. I'll put my hands up and own a MacBook Pro however i do this because of Lightroom. I've been looking at the Spec's for these Ultrabooks and the possibility of Corel Aftershot pro on Ubuntu and wonder which Linux Distro will get the best performance out of an ultrabook or will be have to wait 12 months for the community to catch up again..

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Secure Portable Ubuntu... Saving space in my Luggage

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Linux

Yes, thats right.. An Encrypted, USB, Portable device in 10 minutes, which works.. Can be locked down, boots into Gnome2 if Unity fails, boots on an HP, Compaq, Dell and Apple because i've tested these, prints, webcams work, usb headsets work, Citrix client works, PPTP, OpenVPN, IPSec and runs ANY software from the Ubuntu repository..

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Why can't we ask questions or read anymore?

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With the level of always on information we have available to us at the touch of a button there is a huge debate as to a simple question.

Are we smarter of are we dumber?

With access to all this information on a multitude of subjects, with opinions and related texts. With social media available to discuss and evaluate opinion with others of like mind the internet offers a wealth of information and follow up material for us.

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The Smartphone: It's a computer not a phone and Apple didn't invent it.

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Twenty years ago this year the first smartphone, the Simon was invented its been a long and rocky road since then..

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What happened to Boxee?

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News

Boxee was an early full screen playback system which suited Ubuntu well, and the community in the most part followed it creating their own set top boxes and starting the cut the cord revolution.

Well Boxee knows how to say thank you for that early desktop commitment...

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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions

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With Google Chrome becoming the number 2 Web browser in 2011 it's a sure thing that Google are doing something right. Building on the same success as Firefox and learning from Mozilla Chrome's Plugin and Extensions library is growing daily. Having a Google login linked in with your browser ensures that your plugins will load on any browser you are logged into.

This is a list of extensions i'm using regularly, i do use others, however these are the one's i go back to.

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2012.. What's around the corner..?

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f there is something about prediction posts its a pretty sure thing when you read them back a year later, it's pretty evident that most of us don't have the powers of Nostradamus.

What's going to be hot in 2012?

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What does 2012 have in store for the Linux OS?

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Linux

2011 was a very interesting year for Linux, the Jewel in the crown Ubuntu got some very bad press mostly over Unity. KDE started to get its act together and took great strides to provide a usable GUI and the Gnome Team took minimalisation to a whole new level for GUI's with Gnome 3.

So what does 2012 have to offer for the Linux Community?

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Top 10 Useful Websites for 2011

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Just talk

As the Web grows and provides us with more and more services it's often too easy to lose a few services here and there. While Facebook and Google are huge names and indeed are also willing to kill off services which don't work (especially Google this year) there are other URL's which provide niche services.

This list is of 10 such services which enhance the usage of the internet and you may not have heard of them.

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Kobo Tablet

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Reviews

While Amazon do whatever they need to do with UK Publishing companies before they release the Kindle fire over here in Blighty, there is of course the normal Kindle touch, however having had a play with it I wasn't that impresses with the Interface or the lack of cheap books. I decided to have a scout round for alternative eInk/eBook readers.

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