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How to decide whether desktop Linux makes sense

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infoworld.com: Eight questions to help you determine if now is the time to find a place for desktop Linux in your organization

Linux Mint 6 (Felicia) Review

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extremetech.com: Linux Mint seeks to take the ease-of-use provided by Ubuntu to a new level and, for the most part, succeeds. Linux Mint's slogan is "From freedom came elegance" and that's very appropriate for what this distribution is all about.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 300

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Xubuntu 9.04 vs Debian 5.0.1 Xfce

  • News: Ubuntu releases Jaunty, Debian Lenny gets free kernels, Fedora released re-spun images, openSUSE considers Git for its build service, interviews with Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth
  • Released last week: Ubuntu 9.04, SimplyMEPIS 8.0.06
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2009.1, OpenBSD 4.5
  • New distributions: Chaox, Lin-X, Super OS, TOSS
  • Reader comments

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

Linus on Linux: Torvalds Interview Part 2

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linux-mag.com: In part 2 of our interview, Linus talks about the process of managing kernel developer commits, selecting a revision control system and how he personally uses git.

Eight Reasons Your next Computer Should Run Linux

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tuxtweaks.com: Earlier today on PC World, Harry McCracken had a pair of articles titled “Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a PC” and “Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a Mac“. Well, since Harry didn’t complete the series, I’ll do it for him, so here we go.

Tech Break: It's Linux Time

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oredigger.net: While Apple and Microsoft are chugging away at a release of their operating systems every few years, a free competitor is growing more and more powerful, releasing a new edition every six months and capturing low-end markets like netbooks and cell phones.

SimplyMEPIS 8.0.06 Update is Available

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mepis.org: MEPIS LLC has released SimplyMEPIS 8.0.06, an update to the community edition of MEPIS 8.0. The updated components on the SimplyMEPIS ISOs include recent updates from the Debian Lenny pool and also Linux kernel 2.6.27.21, Firefox 3.0.9, jbidwatcher 2.0.1, and gutenprint 5.2.3.

Mepis 8

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muskratsweb.net: I just recently downloaded and installed Mepis again. I’ll have to say, it has really improved from previous installs I’ve tried. Before it was based on Ubuntu and had the blot inherited from such a blotted upstream distro.

4 Ways to Create Bootable Live USB Drives (For Windows, Linux and Mac OS X)

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1. Using UNetbootin (for Windows and Linux)
2. Using Win32 Image Writer (Windows only)
3. Using usb-imagewriter (Ubuntu Only)
4. Using Diskutil (Mac OS X only)

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Netbook boot times compared: Android vs. Fedora vs. Ubuntu

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netbookchoice.com: GeunSik Lim, a Samsung software developer specialising in embedded Linux system design, has compared the netbook boot times for several Linux-based operating systems to see which was fastest.

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