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Linux incognito part two: Windows XP

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Linux

itwire.com: For an awful lot of people their first encounter with a computer will invariably be Microsoft Windows. This straight away creates a barrier against considering alternate operating systems because they look different to what the user has been accustomed to. Here's how to paint a Windows facade over Linux and remove that obstacle.

Everything is (and should be) a file

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Linux

oneandoneis2.org: I installed Linux on somebody's laptop recently. I installed Ubuntu, in fact. And I was going to give a quick explanation of some of the differences. I was going to start with the "everything is a file that forms part of the one, single filesystem" thing. Then I stopped.

Linux PC auction benefits charity

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Linux
Hardware

desktoplinux.com: Want to combine your love for robots and strange mini-ITX systems with your interest in furthering educational opportunities for U.S. schoolchildren? You, too, can bid on this strange, one-of-a-kind Linux system available only through a charity auction on eBay.

Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate Screenshot Tour

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news.softpedia: The release candidate version of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid Ibex), which is scheduled for launch in late October this year, arrived a few hours ago and, as usual, we intend to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 8.10 development.

5 Gmail Notifiers For Linux

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Software

helpforlinux.blogspot: Gmail is undoubtedly the best web-based email around. Unfortunately Google doesn't have any Gmail notifier for Linux. However thanks to the open-source world there are many alternatives out to choose from.

Hands-on experience: Linux on the PS3

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news.cnet: The PS3 makes for a reasonably good desktop when not performing tasks that require a lot of memory, such as word processing, instant messaging, or viewing browser-based video. Unfortunately, because of the lack of available memory, hi-def video playback is near impossible to watch, and even a standard-res video (from the hard drive) will occasionally skip.

Kernel Log: New Atheros WLAN drivers and stable kernels, radeon vs. radeonhd

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Linux Wi-Fi specialist and developer Luis R. Rodriguez, who has worked for Atheros for several months now, has announced the release of the Otus driver under the ISC open source licence.

NVIDIA Delivers Beta OpenGL 3.0 Linux Driver

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phoronix.com: The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification.

On the Linux laptop the distro is key

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Linux

blogs.zdnet: Last time I wrote about the second Linux laptop to come here for review, the Asus EeePC 1000, I talked about my frustration installing Open Office and promised to keep trying. I’ve given up.

Boycott Novell: Champion of freedom or den of paranoia?

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Linux
Web

linux.com: Few sites about free software attract more controversy than Boycott Novell. Founded in 2006 in response to the first Microsoft-Novell deal, as its name suggests, the site has evolved more recently into a site for commentary and investigation of any subject that might be a threat to free software.

the next battle lines

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OS

Aaron Aseigo: Microsoft recently conceded the Vista struggle and is now refocusing it's market on the yet-to-materialize Windows 7. Sure, Vista is slow and piggish and has some rather cute ideas of what "bling" means. People now see both Linux and Mac as viable options and no longer feel beholden to trudge along besides Microsoft and their pace.

Real life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.computerworld: For years, the mom-in-law had resisted getting a computer of her own. She just doesn't like technology. Everyone knows the old joke about people who are so slow when it comes to using technology that they never managed to set their VCR's clocks. She can't use a DVD player.

Ubuntu's Live USB Disk Creator

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phoronix.com: Ubuntu 8.10 is shipping next week with a horde of updated packages including the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X.Org 7.4, Pidgin 2.5, GIMP 2.6, and many other packages that have experienced significant milestones since the April release of Ubuntu 8.04. On top of these updated packages from the community, Canonical has been working on a few desktop Linux innovations of their own. For instance, arriving late into the Intrepid Ibex release cycle is a USB start-up disk creator.

Three Linux Distros To Watch and Use

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Linux

daniweb.com: There are three Linux distributions that didn't make it into my top 10 list of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they're free.

Mandriva Linux Used to Save a XP Professional PC

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MDV

blog.eracc.com: I recently had to recover data from a very sick Dell Dimension computer running Microsoft XP Professional at one of our client sites. As usually happens in these cases Windows had chewed its’ hind legs off and was not working.

Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales

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Microsoft
  • Microsoft's Future

  • Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high
  • Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales
  • Microsoft: Blame Recession The Rise of Netbooks

Dropbox For Linux is Now Available

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Software
HowTos

ubuntu-unleashed.com: It's here! Dropbox for Linux is finally available and ready for your everyday use. I tested this and it works with Intrepid Ibex RC1, Just download the Ubuntu 8.04 Version or use its repository!

Linux browser smackdown!

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techradar.com: Never before has the once humble browser been so powerful. A six-app deathmatch for the crown of ultimate Linux browser

3 Best Video Players for Linux: SMPlayer, VLC and Kaffeine

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tuxarena.blogspot: SMPlayer is built in Qt4 and it uses the MPlayer engine for video playback. It's one of the most powerful applications out there for watching DVDs, and it supports plenty formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, FLV.

Fedora 10 beta snapshot 2: Screenshots

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zdnet.com.au: The Fedora Project is in the final throes of testing version 10 of its Linux distribution, and is regularly releasing "snapshot" updates to Fedora 10 beta. We take you on a graphical tour of the installation and desktop of Fedora 10 beta, snapshot 2.

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Ubuntu 16.10 Doesn't Change Much With Performance, Clear Linux Still Leads In Most Tests

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Linux Devices

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop for Raspbian Called PIXEL
    Today, September 28, 2016, Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long proudly unveiled a new desktop environment for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices. Until today, Raspbian shiped with the well-known and lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which looks pretty much the same as on any other Linux-based distribution out there that is built around LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). But Simon Long, a UX engineer working for Raspberry Pi Foundation was hired to make it better, transform it into something that's more appealing to users.
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4 of the Best Linux Distros for Windows Users

For the past year Microsoft has offered free upgrades to their latest operating system, Windows 10. This was mainly due to the fact that Windows 8 and 8.1 were poorly received, especially when compared to Windows 7. Unfortunately the free upgrade period has passed, so if you want to give Windows 10 a try, you’ll have to dig into your wallet to do it. If your faith in the tech giant has waned over the years, you’re not alone. The latest versions of Windows have all been heavily criticized, proving that they have been a far cry from the world dominance of Windows XP. If you’re one of the many people turned off by the latest iterations of Windows, the jump to Linux might look very appealing. Unfortunately, a new OS often comes with a steep learning curve. Windows, with the exception of the fumble that was 8, has more or less looked and behaved the same for years. Having to re-learn everything can be a daunting task, one that could pressure you into staying with Windows forever. However, you do have options. There are many different distributions of Linux out there, with some aiming to replicate the look and feel of Windows. The goal of this is to make transitioning relatively painless. With Linux boasting improved hardware support, long term stability and a wider range of software applications, there is no better time to try it out! Read more Related (Microsoft exodus): Microsoft Applications and Services chief Qi Lu leaves the company<