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ARM/Linux netbooks attract carrier support

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: AT&T is putting its weight behind netbooks using ARM processors, calling them the "next big step." The carrier has also begun selling four different subsidized netbooks in Atlanta and Philadelphia, with plans to roll them out nationwide.

Windows 7 and the Linux lesson

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Linux
Microsoft

theregister.co.uk: You may love Linux or hate it, but when a distribution is complete, there's very little hesitation by commercial operators when it comes to getting the completed operating system out there.

Free Desks and Chairs, Anyone?

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Linux

serverwatch.com: A salesperson walks into your office today and tells you that you have to buy a new, pre-built, expensive desk for every one of your employees. You have to buy a new desk today and replace it every three to five years. You see, you don't really own the desk; you're simply purchasing a license to use the desk.

Opera and Open Source, Insight Into The ‘Turbo’ Technology

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Software

tuxgeek.me: In this article we get to discuss Opera’s role as an innovator in the browser market as well as find out if Opera will release its code under the GPL and some technical bits about the ‘Turbo’ technology.

Also: New snapshot with automated crash reporting

Five good reasons to switch to Linux

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Linux

ghacks.net: One of the most oft-asked questions I get is “Why should I switch to Linux?” It comes to me either via inbox or sound waves attacking my aural system every day. So I thought I would bring these answer to the outstanding readers here at gHacks to inspire conversation on the topic.

I Drank The Ubuntu Kool-Aid

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Ubuntu
  • I Drank The Ubuntu Kool-Aid And It Didn’t Taste Good

  • 10 Useful Ubuntu-related Sites You Should Bookmark
  • ATI Users - Beware of Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Top 5 Apps Not Installed With Ubuntu
  • 5 Features of Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition
  • Ubuntu 9.04 on the test bench
  • Limited Edition Jaunty Jackalope T-shirts
  • Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope overview and screenshots
  • Is Ubuntu Bigger than Debian now?
  • Has Ubuntu Quietly Caught Up To Windows?

  • Jaunty Jackelop: best Ubuntu yet
  • Ubuntu 9.04: Installs and upgrades reportedly great so far

The argument for free fonts

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Software

blogs.zdnet.com: Bring up free fonts around typeface designers, and you’ll probably get an earful about the relative quality of free and open source designs against the professionally designed fonts.

First taste: Sugar on a Stick learning platform

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Linux

arstechnica.com: Sugar Labs has announced the first beta release of Sugar on a Stick, a self-contained Sugar environment that is distributed as a live USB image.

Acer Ubuntu nettop to get quiet storage switch

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Hardware

reghardware.co.uk: Acer's Nvidia Ion-based micro desktop PC, Revo, will go on sale in the UK on 5 May, with Ubuntu Linux among the available operating systems.

My Linux Personal Lexicon

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Linux

penguinpetes.com: In the spirit of Douglas Adams' The Meaning of Liff, this is the little list of words I've come up with to describe aspects of Linux life.

Available Now: New Fedora 10 Re-Spins

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Linux

softpedia.com: The Fedora Unity Project recently announced the immediate availability of a new set of Re-Spins for the Fedora 10 Linux distribution.

The year of the fall of the Windows desktop

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Linux
Microsoft

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: This is the type of nonsense people try to drum up readers for an article with. Just to get folks riled up. "The Year of..." is ridiculous in general. It's also very relative.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: New Features in Postgres 8.4

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Software

linux-mag.com: Looking for a mature, open source database that’s not owned by Oracle? Whether you’re already a fan or are looking for alternatives, now might be a good time to take a look PostgreSQL.

Ubuntu a true rival for Win7

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu a true rival for Win7, Mac OS X

  • Using The Nouveau Driver In Ubuntu 9.04
  • How To: Fix Stuttering Sound in 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
  • Four Simple Features That Set Ubuntu Apart
  • A Good News - Bad News Week For Ubuntu Server
  • 8 Features of Ubuntu Remix for Netbooks
  • Announcing the Ubuntu Gaming Team

Review: MOC, text-based audio player

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Reviews

Based on ncurses, MOC (music on console) is a popular, text-based audio player which can play various audio formats, including Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, MP4, WMA and WAV. The release I'm going to talk about in this article is 2.5.0-alpha3, as it comes with Debian Lenny.

Ubuntu Jaunty Doesn't Show When Updates Are Available Fix

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope doesn't show the update icon in the system tray when there are updates available. This is because the update system was changed in Ubuntu Jaunty: [...] Full Story

Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 Intel Graphic Drivers - How to Enable Desktop Effects (Compiz)

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Ubuntu

In the new Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Intel graphic (video) drivers 965 (x3000 or x3100) are blacklisted so you cannot run Compiz thus your desktop effects cannot be enabled. There is a way to enable desktop effects.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Linux cache poisoning attacks easier than on Windows?

  • Palm Pre spotted in the wild
  • iPC Leopard
  • Does Linux, Mac OS Need Defragmentation Software?
  • Dropbox rpm for Mandriva 2009 and 2009.1
  • GP2X Wiz open source hand held to get app store
  • Open-source uptake on the rise, according to Forrester
  • Reaping the Benefits of Open Source
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Takes A Swipe At Microsoft
  • Will OpenOffice survive the Oracle-Sun takeover?
  • Cloud computing is 'security nightmare,' says Cisco CEO
  • Some interesting firsts for cloud OS
  • Drupal mentioned in Forbes

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Manually Adding Screensavers To gnome-screensaver

  • Commandline 101: su and sudo
  • Find the longest line in a file
  • Make Google Earth Use Your GTK Theme!
  • Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 7
  • Cipher benchmark for dm-crypt / LUKS
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Leftovers: OSS

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    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
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  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
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Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
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    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
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Security Leftovers

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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