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Fedora: Stop Screwing Up So Much

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Linux The Fedora Project is screwing up. Big time. Fedora 11 recently shipped. And it has some fairly cool new features. Then you try to actually use it…

Sabayon Core Sneak Peak

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Linux Lately I have been quite busy with many different (usually sabayon-related) things. A main focus is trying to come up with a a nice theme for 5.0. For the mean time however I have created some artwork for the CoreCD, which I have dubbed “Sabayon.Core”.

Linux Mint 7 Review

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Linux Linux Mint's purpose was always to be a very user-friendly, simple, and up to date Linux and GNU desktop distribution. Besides being based on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope it also incorporated the highly popular open source technology of Gnome 2.26, and Xorg 7.4.

Why I Use Linux: Bart’s Story

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Linux In 1997 or so I started playing with Linux. At the time Linux was just a hobby and I loved playing around but it just wasn’t stable enough to be my main system.

Introduction to the Command Line

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Linux Guest blogger Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals writes about the production of the new textbook, Introduction to the Command Line.

Nvidia says no to Linux on Tegra netbooks, chooses WinCE

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Linux Nvidia is endorsing Windows CE as its platform of choice for netbooks built with its ARM-based Tegra SoC. The company says that Linux is a nonstarter and Android isn't ready.

5 Ways to Decide on a Linux Distribution

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Linux Prejudices and opinions aside, at some point in your career you'll be asked to select a viable Linux distribution for your corporate network. How will you choose? Here are 5 ways.

Channel ambition is not a conspiracy

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Linux Dietrich H. Schmitz has posted to Groklaw a piece quoting my CompuTex coverage and claiming a dark conspiracy. I hate to disagree, but what happened at CompuTex was no conspiracy.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 308

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Interviews: Robert Lange, co-founder and lead developer of VectorLinux

  • News: Fedora community LXDE live CD, Mandriva "Cooker" updates, Ubuntu's One Hundred Paper Cuts, Linux Mint and OpenBSD interviews
  • Released last week: Ultimate Edition 2.2, Parted Magic 4.2, SystemRescueCd 1.2.1
  • New additions: Macpup
  • New distributions: Anubis-Linux, AV Linux, AuroraUX, Intuitive, Linux Mangaka One CD, VINUX, Wires Cut Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Why I Use Linux: Arlie’s Story

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Linux The “Why I Use Linux” series continues. Today I am presenting a story written by Arlie Morris of Chino Hills, CA. Arlie is concerned with the upkeep that Windows has and became amazed at how much easier life can be with Linux.

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