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Choosing a Graphics Card for Linux Gaming

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online-tech-tips.com: Gaming in Linux has picked up since the advancement of WINE and Cedega that emulates Windows in Linux. Still hardware is a deciding factor if you want to play games in Linux.

What price Freedom?

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Software
OSS

blogs.fsfe.org: Graphics drivers (for X11 under whatever Free Software operating system you care to use) are one area where Free Software has plenty of room for improvement. My laptop has an nVidia GeForce 9600M in it, which means that there are two drivers I can use for it: the Free Software nv driver, or the proprietary nvidia one.

Pegatron's Ubuntu-equipped netbook spotted in the wild

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engadget.com: It's not shocking that we're super tantalized by the prospect of yet another netbook flooding the oversaturated market in the near term. The sub-$200 price point that's being floated about definitely has us interested, though the Ubuntu operating system is likely to fend off any non-adventurous would-be buyers.

Intel Divulges Information on TRIM for Linux

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Intel made a couple of points that cleared up a lot, starting off with the fact that TRIM is indeed alive and well in Linux, and it comes down to having the right software installed to take advantage of it. I was pointed to a PDF that explains how the command can be executed (section 7.10.3.2), and that's all that's needed for a software engineer to implement the feature, whether it be someone in charge of a distro, a piece of software, or a file system.

PCs for Old Folks: Do Seniors Need Stripped Down Tech?

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Hardware

wired.com: Imagine a computer that was so simple even a complete novice could use it out of the box. A computer with a low-powered, low performance and low-priced CPU, the Sempron LE-1250 (or maybe even an Intel Atom). What would you do if you had a warehouse full of these machines, all less capable than the cheapest netbook?

Dell's Multimedia Mini PC Ships With Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

ostatic.com/blog: It measures 8 inches by 8 inches--a mini system--but it packs some powerful features and is available with Ubuntu Linux pre-loaded. Dell's Zino HD Desktop computers sell for $230. For that you 8GB of RAM, you can choose from one of ten colors, you get discrete graphics, and you get some notable HD and entertainment-oriented options.

nVidia PowerMizer powersaving/cooling in Linux

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Software

aldeby.org/blog: Driver 169.07 featured some performance enhancements for GeForce 8 series onwards, but above all features the linux port of PowerMizer powersaving feature.

CrunchPad tablet is alive, well, and under $400

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Hardware

liliputing.com: Last week the folks at The Business Insider started predicting that Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad tablet was dead. Apparently the reports of the CrunchPad’s death are a bit premature.

Top 5 iPod Alternatives for Linux Users

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learningubuntu.com: The selected MP3 players on the list not only support Linux natively, without the use of any extra programs, but in many cases also offer better sound quality, better battery life, and better file format support then an iPod.

Qualcomm Smartbook Powered by Snapdragon

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techtree.com: Lenovo Smartbook to have Linux interface, HD support, long battery life.

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