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Open source firmware for Broadcom wireless adapters

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lwn.net: Many people complain about the problem of binary firmware blobs; the folks at the OpenFWWF project are doing something about it.

2009: Year of the Linux Handheld?

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linuxrevolution.blogspot: Although the number of PCs running Linux has increased each year, a new emergent trend is that Linux is becoming a popular on more consumer handheld devices.

ASUS`s Eee Box Brings Atom to the Desktop

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channelinsider.com: Asus offers a desktop PC that is designed for the world of Web 2.0 and green computing for under $320.

Intel Atom 2GB Memory Performance

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phoronix.com: Most netbooks currently on the market offer 512MB or 1GB of system memory and only a single DDR2 SO-DIMM slot. However, with most of the netbooks a 2GB memory module could be easily installed, but what performance benefits does that yield for an Intel Atom powered device?

The Netbook Experience Is A Little Less Shiny Right Now

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Caitlyn Martin: During the holidays I received some Hanukkah gelt from family specifically earmarked for buying myself a new computer. I ordered the one that seemed to give me the most power for the least money in a very small and lightweight case: a Sylvania g Netbook.

ViewSonic is even jumping into netbook game

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blogs.zdnet.com: Is there anyone NOT making netbooks these days? ViewSonic, best known for making monitors, digital picture frames and projectors, has hopped into the netbook game, launching the VieBook.

Using the Broadcom proprietary wireless driver on Mandriva Linux 2009

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HappyAssassin.net has a guide to using the Broadcom proprietary wireless driver on Mandriva Linux 2009. It's easier to set up and performs better than the native 'b43' driver, or using ndiswrapper.

Linux and Netbooks

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  • When is a netbook no longer a netbook?

  • Linux and Netbooks
  • ARMing GNU/Linux Netbooks for Success in 2009
  • New Freescale processors target Linux netbooks
  • Notes from the netbook revolution

KDE4 performance on NVidia 8600GT: problem solved by bying ATI

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adymo.blogspot: I've been running KDE4 desktop since May and I've constantly suffered from poor desktop performance and various graphics card related problems. Now I've solved those problems:

Next netbook - thinner, cheaper, better, Linux

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blogs.the451group: I recently had a very interesting talk with Freescale’s Glen Burchers, director of global consumer marketing, regarding netbooks, where Linux stands with this emerging form factor and what we can expect to see as everybody and their grandma pushes innovation of these devices.

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