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Linux to Mac and back again

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Mac In March of this year I switched to OSX, running on a shiny new 17” MacBook Pro. I wrote about it here. I prepared myself for the change, and I was committed to giving it a fair shot for my computing time.

Linux lies at the heart of another Silicon Valley takeover

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Linux Chip makers love Linux. That was why, in part, Intel bought Wind River. And it is very definitely the main reason behind Cavium Networks acquisition of MontaVista Software.

Installer Fails in Fedora and Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Another week, another round of tinkering and messing around with Linux doodads. The Ubuntu Koala text installer has a years-old bug, and Fedora 11 LiveCD has a showstopping installer bug. Never a dull moment in computer-land!

Elive 1.9.51 Unstable - Review and Commentary

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Linux : Elive is a debian based linux live cd that runs the beautiful Enlightenment window manager. Today we're going to take you on a visual tour of the cd and discuss how it's progressing.

Testing Out Linux File-Systems On A USB Flash Drive

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Linux In past articles we have delivered plenty of file-system benchmarks from testing out EXT4 to Btrfs to NILFS2. One area though where we have not published any file-system benchmarks is for USB flash drives.

Media PC on Linux

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Hardware As an experiment I decided to build Media PC based on Linux. First of all I was wondering, how much did the Linux distributions evolve in the past few years.

Simplicity - Linux desktop/OS for the elderly

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Linux What connects Italian vegans, Valerie Singleton, and Linux Mint? Well they're all involved in a firm whose business is bringing computing to older users.

Linux Desktop Ready for the Users

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Linux I often say that my hypothetical user for Kubuntu is my girlfriend. Unfortunately I'm between girlfriends at the moment but the intent is still there. Someone who uses the computer for everyday tasks of web browsing, chatting, watching videos, listening to music, writing some documents, storing photos.

I'm Not A Linux Geek. Really.

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Linux The thing is, folks picture me just like the geeky computer brainiac in the comic. But, really, I'm not a Linux geek. Sure, I run Linux, but I'm pointing and clicking just like anyone else would do in Windows or Mac.

I think I’m tired of Desktop Linux

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Linux I just bought a MacBook Pro and am really happy with it thus far. Spent a bunch of time before then reading up on whether the MacBook Pros can play nicely with Linux (model 5,5 is what I ended up getting), and felt pretty comfortable that a MBP could be a really nice Linux machine.

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