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10 Reasons Why You Should Own A Laptop

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pcmech.com: It’s my opinion that everyone should own a laptop. And if you needed a reason why, here are 10 good ones.

OCZ Behemoth Laser Gaming Mouse

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phoronix.com: The OCZ Alchemy Elixir was a nice keyboard, but now joining their peripherals line-up is the OCZ Behemoth -- a laser gaming mouse with a 4-way LED display, 18 grams worth of customizable weights, and an adjustable DPI sensor.

WiFi cards to offer Linux drivers

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linuxdevices.com: Socket Mobile has joined the trend of offering Linux support for WiFi cards by announcing Linux drivers for its Go Wi-Fi SDIO WLAN cards and modules.

Are Linux netbooks becoming extinct?

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itwire.com: The netbook ought to have been the domain of Linux. It certainly started that way. Then Windows XP came back into vogue and the vendors backed away. Both ASUS and Dell confirmed today that Linux features little in their future plans.

HP debuts ProBook laptops with preinstalled SuSE Linux

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blogs.zdnet.com: Hewlett-Packard today announced its new ProBook series of 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-in. laptops intended to merge business functionality, stylish design cues and a (hopefully) low price tag.

ASRock X58 SuperComputer

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phoronix.com: One of the cheapest Intel X58 motherboards on the market is the ASRock X58 SuperComputer, which has a number of exciting features but at a lower cost. In this article today we are seeing how well the ASRock X58 SuperComputer runs with Linux.

Second Wave of Netbooks Near Release

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internetnews.com (reuters): A new class of cheaper, smaller netbook computers might upset the IT establishment this year. Without Windows or Intel chips, the new trend "puts the existing PC structure at risk."

ARM/Linux netbooks attract carrier support

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linuxdevices.com: AT&T is putting its weight behind netbooks using ARM processors, calling them the "next big step." The carrier has also begun selling four different subsidized netbooks in Atlanta and Philadelphia, with plans to roll them out nationwide.

Acer Ubuntu nettop to get quiet storage switch

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reghardware.co.uk: Acer's Nvidia Ion-based micro desktop PC, Revo, will go on sale in the UK on 5 May, with Ubuntu Linux among the available operating systems.

Linux Will Crush Windows 7 on Netbooks

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Microsoft
  • Are netbooks really junky?

  • Why Linux Will Crush Windows 7 on Netbooks
  • Netbooks: a Linux appliance opportunity
  • Sign of the times: Microsoft sales drop?
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