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Buying a Dell Ubuntu Netbook

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workswithu.com: A few weeks ago, I wrote about my search for an Ubuntu netbook. I finally made a decision and received the new machine this week.

Freescale introduces sub-$200 web tablet reference design

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liliputing.com: Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a new reference design for a dirt cheap web tablet using an ARM Cortex A8-based processor and running Linux or Google Android.

Samsung NC10 – a pleasant Ubuntu experience

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lynxworks.eu: Restricted to what PC World stocks, it came down to three choices – Acer 531, Samsung NC10 or Toshiba NB200. The NB200 dropped of their stock list sometime between Christmas and New Year and they only had the NC10 in stock when I got to the store so I guess that narrowed it down.

Acer Adventure 7: Road Trip

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goodbyemicrosoft.net: I've just returned from our holiday travels, during which I toted along the Acer Aspire One with the newly installed Fedora 11. So the netbook has had a bit of use now.

Lenono IdeaCentre Q100

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linuxuser.co.uk: A low-cost nettop PC designed primarily for accessing the Internet, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100 is an ideal computer for knowledge workers and end-user quality assurance testing. As a primary development system, the Q100 lacks graphics power, is low on RAM, and has a slow processor.

Psystar halts sales of Mac cloning tool, will peddle Linux PCs

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computerworld.com: Mac clone maker Psystar last week indefinitely suspended sales of its only product, a $50 Mac cloning tool. The company also said it would resume selling systems "in the coming days." Those machines will run Linux rather than Mac OS X.

Sansa Fuze, Works great with Ubuntu and Rythmbox

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stevebarcomb.us: I purchased a Sansa Fuze 4gb music and video player for my wife this Christmas and thought I would comment on how it got along with Ubuntu 9.10.

Sony VAIO VGN-FW180-E/H

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linuxuser.co.uk: Amazingly crisp and bright 16.4-inch screen. Blu-ray drive with HDMI output. Larger than usual 320GB hard drive. 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast access

Pandora gets a hands-on review

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pandorapress.net: The recent reports on Pandora’s case design and controls have been nothing short of glowing. It’s pretty satisfying information for the most part; there is no doubt that what we’re hearing from the team is genuine delight in what they’ve achieved. But the question has been asked – what would some guy off the street think of it?

Dell Mini 9 Explodes, Burns Hole in Floor

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tomshardware.com: Netbooks are small, affordable, basic computers. They don't run hot enough to warrant cooling solutions like the ones found in full size laptops. Or do they?

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  • The End of Gmane?
    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
  • Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
    Pwnie Express has given the keys to software used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software to the open-source community. The Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of devices ranging from lighting to fridges and embedded systems which are connected to the web, has paved an avenue for cyberattackers to exploit.
  • The Software Supply Chain Is Bedeviled by Bad Open-Source Code [Ed: again, trace this back to FUD firms like Sonatype in this case]
    Open-source components play a key role in the software supply chain. By reducing the amount of code that development organizations need to write, open source enables companies to deliver software more efficiently — but not without significant risks, including defective and outdated components and security vulnerabilities.
  • Securing a Virtual World [Ed: paywall, undated (no year but reposted)]
  • Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies
    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more