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A More Positive gNewSense Review

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A recent announcement on Distrowatch.com for a new distro called gNewSense perked my attention. It seems that the Free Software Foundation, the group headed by Richard M Stallman, otherwise known as RMS, sponsored this project and basically was conceived "due to Frustrated by many Linux distributions which include (or make it easy to include) non-free software in their products.

My Rant for gNewSense 1.0

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gNewSense came to me via a random suggestion on LinuxForums. These excite me because some of the most hilariously bad distributions I've ever tried have come to me this very same way. Looking at the rather sparse website for this distribution further fueled my excitement because it looks like essentially a reactionist derivative of Ubuntu that's sanctioned by the Free Software Foundation.

A Diehard SUSE User Tries Ubuntu 6.10

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Unless you are living under a rock, you probably know production Ubuntu 6.10 was released on October 26. I'd heard that it was a nice package, but really haven't spent much time with it. SUSE Linux and I have been together for quite a while and when you have something that works, you stick with it. Many readers are probably in the same boat.

Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5 Review

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I was drawn to Wolvix by a review of an earlier version on [some other site], where the reviewer raved about its multimedia capabilities. As installing codecs and plugins has always been one of my least favourite admin tasks, I thought I'd try Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5, which claimed to come with all the usual suspects pre-installed.

Knoppix 5.0.1: A solid live DVD

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Debian-based live CD distribution Knoppix is widely known as a distro with excellent hardware detection. The latest 5.0.1 version, released in June, builds upon its legacy and continues to improve.

Book review: The Official Ubuntu Book

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The quality publishing around Ubuntu these days cannot be ignored. Another excellent book sits here beside me now, pages flagged with many points of interest. I wasn’t anticipating doing so much detailed reading with this one. But before the chapters even began, I found myself interested in learning about the authors and the development style used in putting together this book.

VideoLan VLC Media Player 0.8.5

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I've done a number of reviews of Winamp and have been progressively less happy with it. Winamp is "free" in the sense that it doesn't cost anything — but it is still a commercial, proprietary work. It has gotten slightly more intrusive, slightly more obnoxious, and slightly more bloated with every new version. Of course, the obvious alternative, Windows Media Player, is worse. I thought it might be time to expand my horizons a bit. I decided to try VideoLan's VLC Media Player.

Final Fantasy XII

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Gaming

Ars enters the world of Final Fantasy with a review of Final Fantasy XII. Does the latest installment in the venerable series mark a new direction for the franchise or is it more of the same?

Mandriva 2007: Back in the race

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Beginning with an easy-to-use installer and booting into a well-thought-out desktop, Mandriva 2007 provides an environment that is aesthetically consistent and makes new users feel at home. Overall Mandriva 2007 re-establishes the distribution as one of the most advanced desktop experiences in GNU/Linux.

Ubuntu 6.10 Review

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If you're a Linux enthusiast you probably noticed what a great month we've had. Slackware 11.0 was released on the 3rd. Mandriva 2007 was released the same day and showed us how integrated XGL, Compiz and AIGLX could be. Fedora Core 6 was released on the 24th and brought us an amazing Gnome 2.16 desktop with fabulous artwork. Ubuntu 6.10 came on the 26th and we couldn't wait to review it.

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