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Using Disk Compression With Btrfs To Enhance Performance

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phoronix.com: Earlier this month we delivered benchmarks comparing the ZFS, EXT4, and Btrfs file-systems from both solid-state drives and hard drives. In this article we have our Btrfs test results when the zlib compression mount option was enabled for looking at the SSD compression performance.

GCC - 'We make free software affordable'

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h-online.com: GCC and GNU Emacs are the two facets of the GNU operating system that have probably done more than any other to take GNU and free software from idealistic concept to a utilitarian reality.

Open-sourcing SETI

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networkworld.com: The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence got a boost this week with the release of the first open source code from setiQuest.

Native ZFS Is Coming

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  • Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month
  • LLNL Talks To Us About Their Linux ZFS Port

Next Generation of Btrfs Nears Prime Time

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linuxplanet.com: Mason said he would like to see Btrfs ultimately replacing existing Linux filesystems like the popular Ext3 and Ext4 systems that are often the default on enterprise Linux distributions.

Also: No Btrfs in Ubuntu 10.10 afterall

Review: Backupninja backups for Linux

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blogs.techrepublic.com: When you hear the word “backup,” what do you think? Critical? Complicated? Costly? When you think of backing up Linux desktops or servers what do you think? You don’t? You run screaming? Thankfully that is not necessary. There are tons of tools.

Kontact: How does it compare to the competition?

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ghacks.net: With all of this talk about KDE 4.5 lately, I thought I should take a moment to mention a tool that hasn’t had much (or any) talk here on Ghacks. That tool is Kontact. But what is Kontact?

Open source media Centre Boxee adds Movie Library

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h-online.com: According to Boxee VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen, the latest public beta adds "the foundations of a new Movie Library to complement the TV Show Library"

58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software

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earthweb.com: Many small business owners have never heard of open source software. That's unfortunate because in many ways small businesses are ideal environments for open source applications.

MPEG LA extends fee free use of H.264

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h-online.com: MPEG LA, the organisation responsible for administering the H.264 patent pool, has announced that the patent holders will now continue waving licensing fees (royalties) for use of the codec in free web streaming services, extending the previous royalty free cut off point to the end of life of the licence.

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