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The Major Open-Source ATI Improvements Over Two Years

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phoronix.com: The open-source ATI/AMD Radeon Linux driver stack has made a lot of improvements in recent times with their Gallium3D drivers becoming mature across all generations and support for new features (such as DRI2 page-flipping) landing in the mainline code and beginning to make its way to users.

The MosKeyto's Buzz

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  • The MosKeyto's Buzz
  • The WINDspeed Pocket Hotspot: great for Linux users but

Windows/Linux driver support comparison

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: There have been debates of Windows and Linux over the years about supported hardware and device drivers. Mostly the debates have come down to these facts:

Lesson Learned about SSDs

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  • A Lesson Learned the Hard Way about SSDs
  • The Perils of PATA, Part 3

Linux OS Hercules eCafe Netbook Does 13 Hours Per Charge

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mobilemag.com: The Hercules brand isn’t exactly a household name, but it is better known for the line of speakers than “real” computer equipment. Even so, they’re already onto the next generation of computing with two new eCAFE netbooks.

The Stalwart HP 2133 Mini-Note

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: I'm sitting here on the font porch swing, browsing and typing on my trusty HP 2133. It was the first netbook that I bought, a bit over two years ago. Since then it has really done Yeoman's Duty. My current favorite Linux distribution on it is SimplyMEPIS 11 (RC1).

Another Look At The Open-Source Nouveau With Fermi

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phoronix.com: Earlier this week was benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 "Fermi" with the open-source Nouveau driver. The reverse-engineered Nouveau support for the GeForce 400/500 series is incomplete and requires users to generate their own custom firmware before there is even 2D/3D/video acceleration support.

ZaReason Teo Pro Netbook Proves Its Netbook Mettle

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thevarguy.com: It’s been nearly a month since I started testing the Teo Pro netbook, and the verdict is in: well-rounded, well-balanced and girlfriend-approved. What gives this machine such high marks?

Why are there keyloggers on Samsung laptops?

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  • Why are there keyloggers on Samsung laptops?
  • Samsung Installs Stealthy KeyLogger on Brand New Laptops

NVIDIA GeForce 400 "Fermi" Series On Nouveau

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phoronix.com: With NVIDIA still not providing any open-source support or technical documentation for their graphics processors, for those in the open-source community who seek to use their GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" GPUs without NVIDIA's binary driver, they are left to use the reverse-engineered, community-created Nouveau driver.

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Will Microsoft’s Embrace Smother GitHub?

Microsoft has had an adversarial relationship with the open-source community. The company viewed the free Open Office software and the Linux operating system—which compete with Microsoft Office and Windows, respectively—as grave threats. In 2001 Windows chief Jim Allchin said: “Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer.” That same year CEO Steve Ballmer said “Linux is a cancer.” Microsoft attempted to use copyright law to crush open source in the courts. When these tactics failed, Microsoft decided if you can’t beat them, join them. It incorporated Linux and other open-source code into its servers in 2014. By 2016 Microsoft had more programmers contributing code to GitHub than any other company. The GitHub merger might reflect Microsoft’s “embrace, extend and extinguish” strategy for dominating its competitors. After all, GitHub hosts not only open-source software and Microsoft software but also the open-source projects of other companies, including Oracle, IBM, and Amazon Web Services. With GitHub, Microsoft could restrict a crucial platform for its rivals, mine data about competitors’ activities, target ads toward users, or restrict free services. Its control could lead to a sort of surveillance of innovative activity, giving it a unique, macro-scaled insight into software development. Read more