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Shuttle offer now Power-saving Nettop with SUSE Linux

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hitechreview.com: Shuttle is now expanding its portfolio of Mini-PCs with Open Source operating systems. The latest offshoot is the X270V complete system based on the Shuttle Barebone X27D.

Death of Linux on netbooks greatly exaggerated

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arstechnica.com: A Microsoft blogger says that the Windows operating system has achieved dominance in the netbook market. The statistics, however, are less definitive.

ATI vs. NVIDIA on Linux - the showdown

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hexus.net: Jo Shields, Manager of the Oxford Supercomputing Centre, lays ATI and NVIDIA hardware on the line, evaluating which perform best under Linux.

Linux table radio does Pandora

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linuxdevices.com: Livio has announced a Linux-based Internet "radio" that plays back customized streams from Pandora, as well as approximately 11,000 other stations. The "Livio Radio" includes 802.11 wireless networking, an RJ45 port for wired Ethernet, plus "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" controls for rating songs.

System76: Ubuntu PC Maker’s Revenue Up 61%

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workswithu.com: Even before Ubuntu 9.04 arrives April 23, System76 has reason to celebrate. The PC maker — which specializes in Ubuntu systems — grew its first quarter 2009 revenue more than 60 percent compared to 1Q 2008.

Tutorial: Build The Ultimate PC

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pcplus.co.uk: You can never have enough processing power, especially if you enjoy working with 3D graphics or compiling your own software. Luckily, it's easy to use any spare machines you may have to create a single homogeneous computing mega-matrix and calculation engine just by wiring them all together.

Why Microsoft won round one of netbook wars

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blogs.zdnet.com: Free is not the lowest possible price. If you want to get sell-through at retail, you have to support the product with collateral materials, with ads, with sales training and support.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

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phoronix.com: While there are many netbooks on the market from a variety of different vendors, for the most part they are composed of the same hardware. When it comes to Dell with their popular Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, they happen to be using Ubuntu but with a few modifications.

N280 netbook has optional TV tuner

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linuxdevices.com: MSI has announced a netbook that uses Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor and offers an optional TV tuner. The "Wind U123" has a 10-inch display, 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB hard disk drives, "EasyFace" security software, and available HSDPA.

Review: Sandisk Sansa Clip w/ Linux

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montanalinux.org: I have always wanted a good quality audio player that works well with Linux and plays Ogg Vorbis files. Even though the Sansa Clip was originally released in 2007, I somehow missed it.

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