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An Easy and Inexpensive Quad-Core System for Linux

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: My son’s hand-me-down motherboard recently gave up the ghost, and I decided that was a good excuse for an upgrade. Shopping around, I found that multi-core CPUs were finally in my price range, so I decided to build him a quad-core system. This build worked out extremely well, with almost no configuration problems.

Italian tablet PC runs Ubuntu Linux

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Italy-based Ekoore is shipping a tablet PC that runs Ubuntu Linux or Windows on an Intel Atom N270. The Ekoore ET10TA10 offers a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 backlit touchscreen, as well as 1GB of RAM, flash expansion, a 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), and WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB connections.

Time for a Linux laptop

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I’m buying a new laptop in April, and I’m not exactly floored by a dizzying array of options. As if I already hadn’t come to the conclusion that I needed a new laptop, my old laptop completely locked up on me while I was writing this post today. So I’m definitely in the market. Read on.

MicroCenter: Searching for Ubuntu Compatible PCs

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doctormo.org: I was helping one of my students find a new laptop that would work well with Ubuntu. The sales staff did kindly let us test Ubuntu Karmic CDs in computers, to see how they worked. I got to see some of the problems in up and coming hardware and what we still have to work on.

NVIDIA Drops Their Open-Source Driver, Refers Users To VESA Driver

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phoronix.com: NVIDIA's open-source Linux efforts as it concerns their GPU support have historically been minimal. However, NVIDIA has decided to deprecate this open-source driver of theirs. No, NVIDIA is not working on a new driver. No, NVIDIA is not going to support the Nouveau project. Instead, NVIDIA now just recommends its users use the X.Org VESA driver.

Intel KMS vs. UMS With Ubuntu 10.04

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phoronix.com: Last week we published benchmarks looking at the ATI Radeon KMS vs. UMS performance and found the user-space mode-setting support with the ATI driver to perform significantly faster than the newer kernel mode-setting routes in most instances. To see how the performance difference is on the Intel we ran a set of benchmarks on this side.

Woah, AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Linux Support

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phoronix.com: Woah, here comes a pleasant surprise from AMD with their Catalyst Linux driver. AMD today delivered a new preview driver that's based on Catalyst 10.3 and it brings OpenGL 3.3/4.0 support!

IBM, Simmtronics to offer $190 Linux netbooks

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liliputing.com: The Simmtronics Simmbook isn’t exactly a state of the art netbook. It features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and Ubuntu Linux.

ZaReason Teo, with an Ubuntu twist

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linux-netbook.com: Linux system builder ZaReason appears to have launched a new Linux netbook. While there’s no information about the new Teo netbook on the ZaReason web site, you can already order one from Amazon for $460.

Marvell Moby Tablet - the Linux factor

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zdnet.com: The Moby Tablet, a potential “educational game-changer”, as Larry Dignan put it, is a device that’s right up my alley. But... It’s going to be running Linux.

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More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
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    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.