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OpenOffice gets a branded mouse with 18 buttons

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Popular open source office suite OpenOffice has partnered with a company named WarMouse to release the first mouse built specifically for the application. The mouse features a whopping 18 programmable buttons with double-click functionality.

ECS Elitegroup P55H-A

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  • ECS Elitegroup P55H-A
  • Over clocking intel i7 on a Gigabyte EX58-Extreme

Too Much For Too Litl?

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informationweek.com/blog: A Boston-based startup named Litl is taking a big risk: they're betting people will go for a netbook that sports a Linux-based OS and focuses on Web-/network-based productivity (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The risk is in the pricetag:

Is The Crunchpad Dead?

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businessinsider.com: The CrunchPad, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's entry into the gadget business, is still missing in action. Are higher-than-expected costs to blame?

Linux's share of netbooks surging, not sagging

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computerworld.com: Reports that the Linux netbook is dead or dying are incorrect, at least globally, according to an analyst firm.

Quake III, HD video demoed on netbooks with GMA 500 graphics, Moblin Linux

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liliputing.com: Most netbooks released over the past year have shipped with Intel Atom N270/N280 processors and GMA 950 graphics. While the Intel Atom Z520/Z530 processors are noticeably more sluggish than their N2xx counterparts, the GMA 500 graphics chipset shows some promise.

Phoronix 2009 Linux Graphics Survey

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phoronix.com: For the past two years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we ask well over 20,000 users each time their video card preferences, driver information, and other questions about their view of the Linux graphics stack. This survey will run from 31 October to 30 November, 2009.

AMD Loses Its Linux Core Engineering Manager, Matthew Tippett

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phoronix.com: AMD's Catalyst Linux driver has improved substantially over the past few years with AMD now providing same-day Linux support, a near feature parity to the Windows Catalyst driver, and first-rate performance. Playing a critical role in improving the ATI Linux support has been Matthew Tippett. However, today will be his last day serving ATI / Advanced Micro Devices.

H264 Video Encoding on Amazon's EC2

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Stream #0 recently started looking at Amazon's EC2 computing offering. We created our first public AMI, based on Debian Squeeze, including FFmpeg and x264 pre-installed. Now that we can easily start instances with the necessary basics installed, it is time to compare the relative merits of the different instance sizes that Amazon offers.

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