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AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review

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phoronix.com: This year has been another interesting year for AMD's Linux efforts on both the open and closed fronts. We are focusing on their Catalyst driver efforts in this article.

The Freedom Key

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adventuresinopensource.blogspot: I bought a Dell M1330 laptop with Ubuntu pre-installed and yet it still has a key on the keyboard proudly displaying the Windows logo. So how could I fix this? Looking at the SFLC logo it struck me that what I needed was a "frdm" key.

Intel Atom On Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuSE, Mandriva

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phoronix.com: Back in September we looked at the Intel Atom performance on a few Linux distributions using the ASUS Eee PC 901, but now with new stable releases of some of the most popular distributions out in the wild, we've decided to re-conduct these tests. We are using a slightly different Atom-based system this time and we are comparing the performance on Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10, Mandriva 2008, and OpenSuSE 11.1.

Review: ZaReason Makes Desktop Linux A Breeze

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workswithu.com: Before you finish your holiday shopping, consider the following option: If you’re in the market for a low-end PC, put aside about $300 for the ZaReason Breeze, a small desktop computer that runs Ubuntu Linux.

Unboxing the CherryPal: It’s alive!

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tgdaily.com: After much skepticism due to poor company communication, I can admit I was extremely pleased to have the small CherryPal box hit my doorstep. So, I can confirm that the CherryPal does exist, well sorta.

The Inspiration behind Netbooks

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businessweek.com: Suddenly, Netbooks are all the rage. Turns out the UMPC (ultramobile) form factors were a bit too small and too expensive to make a mass market, but the Netbook is JUST RIGHT.

10 Linux-based Gadgets Just in Time for Christmas

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daniweb.com: If you haven't bought that special geek in your life something electronic yet for Christmas, here are 10 ideas for you. They're all Linux-based and are sure to bring a smile to any geek's face. They are in no particular order.

Desktop Linux buy or rent and the home market

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blogs.zdnet.com: One important point about Paula’s story concerning IBM’s “Microsoft-free” Linux PC is that it’s a rental unit. What users get is a terminal.

Ilumina TV Runs On Ubuntu

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technology.inquirer.net: The Ilumina's basic component is its 32-inch LCD TV panel. Inside it are computer parts that run a scaled-down version of Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Asus nettop gets discrete graphics

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linuxdevices.com: Asus has announced enhanced versions of its Eee Box "nettop" computer. Targeting home-theater applications, the B204 and B206 include HDMI outputs, as well as discrete graphics circuitry from ATI, and could prove popular for Linux media center distributions like Boxee, MythTV, SageTV, Linux MCE, and others.

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