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Stuff That Works With Linux #5

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: HAVING dithered for weeks and read review after review, I finally bit the bullet and paid £300 on eBay for an unlocked, SIM-free HTC Hero.

Open Source Routers Are Worth Considering

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law.com: When you buy a computer today, you choose between the consumer-friendly platforms of Windows or Mac. Alternatives such as Linux are completely ignored. While open source operating systems may not be prevalent in the consumer computer market, the concept has successfully spread to other nooks and crannies of technology.

Acer AspireRevo nettop review

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linuxuser.co.uk: The Acer AspireRevo nettop is a new hybrid of an old concept. Thin computing is older than the hills, an idea Sun tried ages ago. The computer itself is underpowered and ‘light’ for mass deployment, the assumption being that it will be used primarily for web and network access.

Razer DeathAdder 1800DPI Gaming Mouse

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phoronix.com: Mouse support on Linux is a rather interesting matter. Back in February of 2007 we tested out the Razer DeathAdder, which was an example of a great Razer product and received our Editor's Choice Award, but today we are trying out the 1800 DPI version of their DeathAdder gaming mouse.

Linux-based Roku Player has an SDK

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The Roku player, that nifty little Linux-based device which streams Netflix, Amazon movies, Revision3 shows, and more, now has an SDK available for programmers to create their own channels:

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With the Roku Software Developer’s Kit, you too can build a channel that streams your content to the TV.
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http://gnuski.blogspot.com/2010/02/roku-sdk-available-someone-make-my.html

Design contest launched for tiny Linux net server

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linuxfordevices.com: Lantronix announced a design contest based on its recently introduced XPort Pro, touted as the "world's smallest Linux networking server." Lantronix will award prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 to the two top entries for Best Linux Design.

n900, thoughts

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aseigo.blogspot: I received an N900 a couple days ago and was quite excite to unpack it. It came with the usual dizzying array of wires for power, audio, etc. The instruction manual was short but useful. The box was a nice charcoal gray. Yadda yadda yadda. I wanted to see the thing in action!

Throughput Performance with a Disk-Based Journal

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linux-mag.com: Turning from Metadata performance to throughput performance, we examines the impact of journal size on ext4 when the journal is disk-based. Dig into the numbers and see what you can do to improve throughput performance.

A Nouveau 3D Driver That Works For Old NVIDIA Hardware

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phoronix.com: While there is now DRM support in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel for the Nouveau driver that carries the bits for kernel mode-setting, 2D (EXA) acceleration, and other fundamental functions on NVIDIA graphics processors, the Gallium3D driver still is incomplete. However, a new Mesa DRI driver has emerged for Nouveau that provides *working* 3D support for older NVIDIA hardware.

Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?

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Mozilla Firefox Quantum

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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration.