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11 reasons to switch to Linux

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Linux People like to publish top-10 lists of all sorts. And "reasons to switch to Linux" is no exception. Many of those have been published, and the latest entry is here. However, I think the author completely forgot a very important point.

Linux-driven BitTorrent appliance ships

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Hardware Myka is shipping an embedded Linux device that downloads, stores, and plays BitTorrent media files on an attached TV. Available in 80GB, 160GB, and 500GB models, plus a Developer's Edition with a 1TB disk, the Myka appliances offload BitTorrent peer-to-peer duties from a PC.

Mandriva Announces Pulse 2 v1.2

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MDV Mandriva announced the immediate availability of version 1.2 of their Pulse 2, an Open Source tool for managing workstations, mobile computers and servers. Mandriva Pulse 2's purpose is to make managing of information systems much easier for those who choose to use it.

Also: Mandriva Linux Assembly

Review: Sabayon 4 Lite MCE (Media Centre Edition)

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I have been waiting quite a while for Sabayon 4 Lite MCE: A version of Sabayon Linux which might not leave me feeling quite so overwhelmed.

Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now. In the middle of this icebox, Dmitry Zavalishin is cooking up a new operating system. He calls it Phantom. Phantom is a different approach on the OS than any other out there, with the primary goal of being immortal.

SkyOS faces choice of go open source or go away

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OS SkyOS, an ambitious operating system for x86 PCs, has halted development and is considering whether to go open source or just close up shop.

Your Pretty Linux GUI Fails and Dumps You to a Console. Now What?

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Software What can a Linux user do if you've been dumped to a black screen with a terminal prompt with a cursor blinking at you and you REALLY need access to troubleshooting information NOW? No GUI, no Firefox, no Opera.

tuxmachines issues lately

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I've been putting off blogging what's going on with tuxmachines lately because number 1: I don't really know what happened, and number 2: I don't really know what's gonna happen. But here's what I do know.

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

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Software Following today's Compiz Conference Call, it has been decided that both Compiz++ and Nomad (another branch of Compiz) will be merged back into Compiz. After the release of Compiz 0.8, Compiz++ will be merged in and then released in as Compiz 0.9.0.

Google: Friend or Foe of Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu Google enjoys a pretty favorable image within the free-software community. In some respects, it deserves this reputation, as it strongly supports many open-source projects. On the other hand, Google is reluctant to open the code of most of its own software. Given this hesitancy, can we trust the company to be always on Ubuntu’s side?

Why Microsoft should release Internet Explorer for Linux

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Microsoft Market share for Internet Explorer continues to plummet, with potentially dire consequences for Microsoft. But there's one way Microsoft can help stem its overall losses: Release a version of IE for Linux. It's not as far-fetched an idea as you might think.

Are You Smart Enough To Use Linux?

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Linux Linux may never gain widespread success, that we, the Linux fans want it to, because it's just too complex for the average computer user. Sure, we now have KDE, GNOME, XFCE, and other fancy graphical user interfaces that attempt to mimic Windows and the Mac OS but underneath the shimmering polish, it's Unix and that scares people.

Vector Linux 5.9 Review - Desktop Emphasis (in VMware)

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Linux had been experimenting quite a bit recently with VMware virtualization. Recently, I read that there was Vector Linux, a Slackware distro with auto-configuration and all that. And so I downloaded.

Open Source for kids?

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Software Open source programming really shine in the way it lets kids learn about programming in a less complex process. This actually reflects that open source software aren’t theoretical but - are able to compare for themselves how well it stacks up against the other OS.

Extreme Tux Racer, Smokin Guns, etc

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freegamer.blogspot: The somewhat stop-start development of the various Tux Racer projects continues, but it looks hopeful that the latest incarnation of the iconic downhill penguin racer will not disappear like its predecessors.

Frustration and flight for my Linux netbook

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Linux I ended up going with the Acer Aspire One, and while I was somewhat reluctant about the pre-installed Linpus Lite after hearing that it was somewhat underpowered and somewhat limited, particularly for Linux, my wife and I figured we should at least try it out.

Best-Reviewed Lightweight GNU/Linux Distros

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deaddogcafe.wordpress: With tons of excellent online software, I find all I really need from my computer 90% of the time is the ability to connect to the internet and use a powerful, modern browser like Firefox 3. Despite the affordability of hardware currently, I appreciate lean, efficient software and am devoting this post to identifying the best lightweight GNU/Linux distros available today.

5 Less Known PHP Functions

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manishtech.wordpress: As all of you know that PHP has a large set of functions for the programmers. The list is so huge that we keep on learning each one of them day by day. There are some cases you would like to know them beforehand to use them in your app.

Linux Defenders organize to fight patent trolls

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OSS In December, General Patent Corp. announced it was working on behalf of to enforce its patents on "Scalable Virtual World Chat Client-Server System" and "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space," which date back to 1995.

Eye candy for KDE Desktop Manager (KDM)

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Software There are several layers at which a GNU/Linux system’s appearance can be customized. By far the most visible, especially on a multi-user machine, is the login manager screen. KDM (the KDE desktop manager) has a highly-flexible and easy-to-use XML-based theme system.

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