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PC/OS 2009 OpenWorkstation Review

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There are a few distros out there that are for the novice user. PC/OS 2009 is an Ubuntu based distribution using XFCE 4.4.2 as its desktop.
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AbiWord: How To Start Word Processing in Two Seconds Flat

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AbiWord is a light-weight, open-source word processor that works under Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. Its layout will feel familiar to anyone who has used a word processor before, and you will find most things where you first look for them.

Banshee 1.4.1 Review

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Another crappy review of Banshee? I don't think so!

Palit GeForce 9600 GSO Sonic with Gentoo

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bioslevel.com: Palit is the second largest graphics manufacturer in the world. I'll be using the same system I've used in previous videocard reviews, and the system will be running both Windows Vista Business 64-bit with Service Pack 1 and Gentoo Linux 2008.0 64-bit. I'll look at some of the latest games in Windows, and look at a few similar benchmarks in Linux including results from the Phoronix Test Suite.

Linux examined: Fedora 9

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computerworld.com: For many of us, our first painful introduction to old-school Linux installs came from installing early versions of Red Hat. Like most early Linux installs, it was a highly technical, highly finicky process that was best left to the experts. Well, times have changed. Unfortunately, Fedora 9, the community edition of Red Hat, was a bit too much of a blast from the past for me.

ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linux)

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laptopmag.com: This $549 mini-notebook addresses its predecessor’s drawbacks by including a larger, higher-resolution 8.9-inch screen and more storage space. We tested the Linux-based version, which comes with a 20GB solid state drive. Add in an improved 1.3-megapixel webcam and a multi-touch capable touchpad, and you have the makings of a successful, albeit more expensive sequel.

Book Review: Perl by Example, 4th Edition

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Perl is an amazingly powerful and succinct language. Although not the most fashionable, Perl is consistent and supported on a vast range of platforms. Perl by Example written by Ellie Quigley and published by Prentice Hall is a comprehensive, example based, and thorough book.

Book Review: Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Mainstream Linux distributions such as the ever-popular Ubuntu have the potential to contain thousands or tens of thousands of packages and have a wealth of supporting services activated on computer boot ups. Mark G. Sobell’s book A practical guide to Ubuntu Linux, published by Prentice Hall, describes the details of maintaining these complex structures on your own machine.

C++ GUI Programming with Qt4 - Book Review

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linuxhelp.blogspot: Qt is a cross platform application development framework which is widely used for the development of GUI and non-GUI programs. Some of the most visible products which have been developed using Qt are KDE, Opera web browser, Google Earth, Skype and Photoshop Elements.

Autotools: a practitioner's guide to autoconf, automake and libtool

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: This book is written for the open source software package maintainer. I’m purposely not using the terms “free software” or “proprietary software that’s free”. The use of the term “open source” is critical in this context. You see, open source defines a type of software distribution channel.

Tyan Thunder n3600M with Linux

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phoronix.com: Two months ago we had looked at the Tyan Tempest i5400XT motherboard, which was Tyan's latest product based upon Intel's newest workstation chipset and had support for dual Intel Xeon quad-core processors. We found the Tempest i5400XT to be a real winner and everything had worked terrific with Linux. Today we are looking at another Tyan workstation motherboard but the tides have turned as we look at their latest AMD dual quad-core solution, the Tyan Thunder n3600M.

Taking A Good Long Look At Vector Linux 5.9 Standard

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Caitlyn Martin: Over the past 14 months I’ve reviewed two previous releases of Vector Linux: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard and Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO. Anyone who has run those versions of Vector Linux would find the new version quite familiar. In reality the changes between 5.8 and 5.9, which was released in December, are like day and night.

Tyan Tempest i5400XT

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phoronix.com: When the Intel Quad-Core "Clovertown" Xeon processors were introduced in late 2006 we had reviewed the Tyan Tempest i5000XT (S2696) motherboard. We had found this i5000X-based motherboard to work incredibly well with Linux and it ended up being awarded with our Editor's Choice Award. Today we are looking at the Tempest i5400XT S5396 motherboard.

Nokia N810 internet tablet

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reghardware.co.uk: The N810 is not a phone. Let's get that out of the way to start with. Actually, Nokia's approach for the N810 is pretty simple: phone screens are too small for decent web browsing, even on the much vaunted iPhone.

Asus Eee PC 4G

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techtree.com: Sub-notebooks or Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) have been around for quite a while now. Most of the sub-notebooks that were in the market till 2006, however, belonged in the premium segment, making people think twice before investing in one of theses. Then in 2007, Asus changed all that. We're sure you'll want to know what it's like, and what we think of it, having spent a while using and testing it.

Distro Review: Foresight Linux 1.4.2

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adventuresinopensource.blogspot: After some delay and threatening over the last couple of weeks I've finally gotten around to typing up my review of Foresight Linux. Foresight is a distro I've been interested in for quite some time, I knew it had a lot of cutting edge features but I was a little worried about the stability issues that might cause. Would my concerns prove to be unfounded?

Book Review: "Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional”

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outflux.net/blog: Apress was kind enough to send me a copy of their new book “Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional” by Sander van Vugt. Overall, I was very impressed with this book — it was well written, filled with applicable examples, covered a wide range of topics, and provided background for people new to Ubuntu or Linux in general.

Linux Got Game: TORCS Review

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junauza.blogspot: The Open Racing Car Simulator (TORCS) is considered among the best open source games available for Linux. TORCS is based upon the open source, cross-platform libraries OpenGL, Mesa 3D and OpenGL Utility Toolkit, thus it is highly portable and can also run on FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows.

Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux book review

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thejemreport.com: Ah, yet another book about Ubuntu Linux. Is there no reprieve from the bombardment of Ubuntu and beginner Linux books (and Ubuntu for beginners books)? For Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux to impress me, it had to offer something new and unique.

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6: Linux On Intel's X48 Chipset

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phoronix: While Intel's X48 Express Chipset is not due out until the middle of March -- after having faced a few delays reaching production -- the kind folks at Gigabyte have today provided us with the Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 motherboard. This is our first Intel X48 motherboard review and the world's first look at this new flagship chipset under Linux. In this review of the Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 we will be comparing it to Intel's current P35 and X38 motherboards.

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