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What computer users should know

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OS Following is a list of what I think is the absolute minimum a computer user should know to be able to keep their machine running as problem free as possible.

64-bit OS written entirely in assembly

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OS The folks at Return Infinity just released a new version of their BareMetal OS, a 64-bit operating system written entirely in assembly.

Ed Tech Battle Royale: Tablets and netbooks and hybrids, oh my!

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Hardware A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Dell had sent me three of their flagship educational products for review. At the same time, I received a Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet for the day job.

Interview with Ken Thompson

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Interviews The Japan Prize, one of the highest honors awarded for outstanding contribution to science and technology, was awarded jointly this year to Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie for the creation of UNIX

Some things Oracle just doesn’t get

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OSS Yesterday at the NLUUG conference I picked up a Solaris 11 Express CD in a nice brownish CD sleeve (I say "nice" because it feels and looks different from the generic white sleeves).

It's Not A Linux Laptop

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  • It's Not A Linux Laptop
  • Five Reasons why Google's Linux Chromebook is a Windows killer
  • Chromebook: web applications put to the test
  • Why Google Chrome OS is Crucial for the Linux Desktop
  • Samsung Chromebook: 12 things you need to know

today's leftovers:

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  • How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen
  • Mandriva 2011 – How to ‘pin’ applications to the panel
  • Microsoft Windows – Promoting Mediocrity Since 1985
  • Dropbox snuffs open code that bypassed file-sharing controls
  • A new Linux desktop appeal
  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
  • OpenDungeons 0.4.8 Released
  • Is Linux In Trouble, or Is It Just Something About East Texas?
  • Dell Does it Again
  • The Board 0.1.3 Released
  • FLOSS Weekly 163: OpenCSW
  • Know your History - At least in Bash
  • Fire Up Your Electrons!
  • Ubuntu 11.04 Review, Screenshots Tour and Videos
  • Revenge of the Titans Source
  • Thinstation – It’s so powerful yet Open Source!
  • Do You Know of Any Sabayon Derivatives?
  • Open source Hadoop engineers may spin off from Yahoo!

Windows still rules OS roost, but Linux and Mac growing faster, says Gartner

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OS The worldwide market for operating system software grew nearly eight percent to $30.4 billion in 2010, led by Microsoft Windows with 78.6 percent market share, says Gartner. Yet Linux was the fastest growing server OS, and Apple's Mac OS had the fastest growth on the desktop.

Can’t pick an OS? Always Innovating pushes triple-boot Android, Chrome, Ubuntu

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Hardware The software is called Super-Jumbo, and for good reason. Basically it’s a single disk image which combines four operating systems: Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10, Google Chromium OS, and AIOS.

Why no Operating System will Ever be Good Enough

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OS The sheer volume of excitement about Windows 8 has taken me quite by surprise with more leaks than we ever saw with Vista or Windows 7 in the same time-frame. The excitement and hype easily matches that of Google’s Chrome OS. So why do I have this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach?

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EU-Fossa project submits results of code audits

The European Commission’s ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ project (EU-Fossa) has sent its code review results to the developers of Apache HTTP server target and KeePass. The audit results are not yet made public, however, no critical vulnerabilities were found. Read more

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  • Docker: Making the Internet Programmable
    Docker, and containers in general, are hot technologies that have been getting quite a bit of attention over the past few years. Even Solomon Hykes, Founder, CTO, and Chief Product Officer at Docker started his keynote with the assumption that people attending LinuxCon Europe know that Docker does containers, so instead of focusing on what Docker does, Hykes used his time to talk about Docker’s purpose saying, “It really boils down to one small sentence. We're trying to make the Internet programmable.” Hykes described this idea of making the Internet programmable with three key points. First, they are focused on building “tools of mass innovation” designed to allow people to create and innovate on a very large scale. Second, applications and cloud services are allowing the idea of the Internet as a programmable platform to be realized, and they want to make this accessible to more people. Third, they are accomplishing all of this by building the Docker stack with open standards, open infrastructure, and a development platform with commercial products on top of the stack.
  • How to benchmark your Linux system
    The Software Center list will also include individual tests. These can be fine to use, but they can be tedious to open and configure manually. Keep your eye out for an entry called Phoronix Test Suite, or PTS for short. The Phoronix Test Suite is a powerful program that can run a single test, or an entire battery. PTS offers some built-in suites (collection of tests), or you can design your own suite. When tests are completed, you can choose to upload the test results to, where other users can see your results and even run the exact same tests on their PC.
  • Wunderlist Electron App for Linux
    Missing Wunderlist on Linux? You don’t need to thanks to Wunderlistux, an Electron-based desktop app. It doesn’t claim to be anything more than a wrapper around the official Wunderlist web app (which, yes, you could just open in a new browser tab).
  • Enter the Wasteland: Mad Max now available for Mac and Linux
  • What a lovely day! Mad Max releases for Mac and Linux
  • Mad Max Comes to Linux and Mac
  • GNOME at Linux Install Fest
    It’s an event organized in order to help first year students install a Linux distro on their laptops (here at our uni, we work almost entirely on Linux, so we need to help those that have never used it and set up their distros

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