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Small size, small price, big impact

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aurorasentinel.com: Small, cheap, tough and perfect. That’s how local school districts are describing netbooks for educational use. Netbooks at APS run on Linux Ubuntu, that helps keep costs down.

Magazine’s Product Of Year Doesn’t Actually Exist

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wired.com: Popular Mechanics product of the year is the Crunchpad, from Tech Crunch’s Michael Arrington, and distinguished by being just as non-existent as the Apple Tablet! No, wait. The Sony Unicorn! Erm, Duke Nukem Forever?

Netgear router not open source, says coder

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news.zdnet.co.uk: Networking company Netgear has been accused of breaking open-source licensing conditions, by shipping a Linux-based router without source code.

Taiwan-based processor firm DMP Electronics launches $100 netbook

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digitimes.com: Taiwan-based DMP Electronics has launched a US$100 netbook, the Edubook, that will be shipped to overseas markets in component form to be assembled by partners in other countries to save customs duties or meet import requirements.

The Day The Netbook Died

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oreilly.com: Back in March I wrote a glowing review of my Sylvania g Netbook Meso, calling it "a Linux netbook done right." Last month everything changed.

Upgrading a Motherboard in Linux: Kernel Panic

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linuxplanet.com: I spent the weekend installing a new motherboard in my audio/video production computer. What should have been a 30-minute chore turned into a vexing showstopper.

A Netbook/UMPC hybrid from Sharp

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news.cnet.com: Part Eee PC, part Samsung Q1, the Sharp NetWalker comes off like a computer with an identity crisis. It sports a 5-inch touchscreen, a measly 512 MB of memory, and wireless LAN and runs Ubuntu.

802.11n WiFi router offers open source Linux platform

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linuxfordevices.com: The NetGear RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) offers an 802.11n WiFi access point, boasting up to 300Mbps bandwidth, five gigabit Ethernet ports and USB storage access.

Can the x86 Just Keep Going?

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internetnews.com: Few technologies last 30 years, let alone become more dominant with each passing one, but the x86 architecture has done just that.

ECS A785GM-M Black

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phoronix.com: Back in March the open-source ATI Linux driver had gained support for an unreleased IGP known as the RS880, months before it would end up on the market and become known as the AMD 785G Chipset. With the 785G being the latest (and likely last) ASIC in the AMD 700 series, we decided to look at the ECS A785GM-M motherboard.

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Linux and FOSS Events (I love Free Software Day, OpenStack Summit Austin)

  • Encryption: probably better than a box of chocolates
    This is a fun activity, but it can also make a difference. The right to encrypt is endangered around the world, with governments threatening our security and freedom by demanding legal or technological crippling of encryption. Resist with the power of love -- encrypt with your valentine, and tell the world! And as we've discussed at length, free software is necessary for privacy online. Because nonfree software's code can't be audited publicly, we can never trust it to be free of back doors inserted by accident or by design. We're thankful to all the hardworking free software developers who give us a fighting chance at digital privacy. It goes without saying, but we do love FS.
  • Sharing the free software love #ilovefs
    I like to think of every day on Opensource.com as I love Free Software Day, but we couldn't miss celebrating the official I love Free Software Day 2016, too. Granted, the official day to say "thank you" is on February 14th, so we're showing our love a little early to make sure you don't miss it.
  • OpenStack Summit Austin 2016 Presentation Votes (ends Feb. 17th, 2016)
    Open voting is available for all session submissions until Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. This is a great way for the community to decide what they want to hear. I have submitted a handful of sessions which I hope will be voted for. Below are some short summary's and links to their voting pages.

Firefox OS (Linux)

  • Make your own Firefox OS TV
    Mozilla may not be actively developing Firefox OS for smartphones anymore… but the company is still pushing the operating system as an option for smart TVs and Internet-of Things products. Don’t want to spend money on a TV that comes with Firefox OS? You can build your own Firefox-based smart TV device… sort of.
  • Mozilla refocuses Firefox OS on connected devices
    One by one, the promising new smartphone operating systems, which hoped to chip away at the Android/iOS duopoly, are admitting defeat and refocusing on the less entrenched world of wearables and the Internet of Things. Mozilla has joined that sad procession, in the wake of Samsung Tizen, webOS and Baidu Cloud OS, and perhaps just ahead of Windows Phone, to judge by that platform’s increasingly tiny showing in Microsoft’s results.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Internet Providers to Use Private Routers as Public Hotspots
    The Juniper report highlighted the consumer benefits that the policy offers, such as free or reduced-fee access to the operator’s homespot network. At least one in three home routers will be used as public WiFi hotspots by 2017, and the total installed base of such dual-use routers will reach 366 million globally by the end of 2020, according to a report from Juniper Research.
  • Will you be my cryptovalentine?
    Over the last few year Free Software Foundation Europe runs a campaign called "I love Free Software Day". It's an opportunity to share your appreciation (or love) with the developers of your favorite Free Software project. So after you are done reading this post, choose your favorite project and send its developer(s) an appreciation email. Last year Zak Rogoff , had a great similar idea. On a post he wrote he suggested we use the Valentine's Day as an opportunity to use Free Software in order to setup secure and private communications with our significant other.
  • Pwn2Own Hacking Contest Returns as Joint HPE-Trend Micro Effort
    Over a half million dollars in prize money is up for grabs as the Zero Day Initiative browser hacking contest continues even as corporate ownership shifts. The annual Pwn2Own browser hacking competition that takes place at the CanSecWest conference is one of the premier security events in any given year, as security researchers attempt to demonstrate in real time zero-day exploits against modern Web browsers. This year there was initial concern that the event wouldn't happen, as the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which is the primary sponsor of Pwn2Own, is currently in a state of transition.
  • Kaspersky Researcher Shows How He Hacked His Hospital While Sitting In His Car
    When we visit a hospital, we put our complete trust in our doctor and the medical equipment that he/she uses. With advancement in technology, these equipment have become more complex and interconnected. Sadly, ensuring standard cybersecurity measures is not a top priority of the medical professionals. This fact was recently outlined by a Kaspersky security researcher who hacked a hospital while sitting in his car.
  • Amazon Cloud is Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse
    There are a number of reasons why an Amazon Web Services (AWS) user might need to violate the acceptable terms of use - including the onset of a zombie apocalypse. Amazon updated its terms of service this week alongside its Lumberyard gaming development platform, with a new provision about acceptable use in connection with safety-critical systems.

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