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When Is It Time To Switch Operating Systems?

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Mac Every once in a blue moon, the opportunity to re-evaluate exactly which OS is best for a given user comes along. And this can come into play on a number of factors:

The hidden places where Linux dominates

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Linux While the fight for desktop dominance is still raging somewhere in the distance, Linux has quietly succeeded in the places no one thinks to look.

Linux Plays well with Others

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Two of my friends transfered out NIU this semester, both of them are running various forms of GNU/Linux on their personal computers. One of them is not so technically inclined and he asked me to help him trouble shoot why his Ubuntu system could not get an internet connection.

Sabayon 5.5 Screenshots Tour

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Linux Sabayon Linux 5.5 is released, it is available for both GNOME and KDE editions . This new release features best AMD/ATI and NVIDIA Desktop support, faster boot time compared to Sabayon 5.4, improved Windows autostart support, try Sabayon directly from your Microsoft OS and more.

Days 3 and 4 of #LCA2011

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  • Days 3 and 4 of #LCA2011; rockets, balloons, Linus Torvalds
  • LCA 2011: Keynote speaker censured over sexual images
  • 2012 venue announced
  • - Day Four

Linux and ‘Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome’

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Linux What’s one of the obstacles preventing Microsoft Windows users to make the switch to Linux? Erik Rasmussen said a major obstacle is something that he (and others) call Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome.

FreeBSD or Debian Linux? FreeBSD or Linux?

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BSD This is an often asked question in newsgroups and forums, isn’t it? The reason for this, is that there is no easy answer. If a straight forward answer could be given, the solution could have been put on Wikipedia. The fact is, that it is not a yes-or-no-answer question.

Distro Hoppin`: A Sneak Peek at Bodhi Linux RC

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Linux This time, I'll be finger-talking about a rather interesting project that is in heavy development: Bodhi Linux. I got my hands on an early copy (uuuuu...) of the Release Candidate and I wasn't going to let it slide without sharing the XP with my readers.

Benchmarks Of The Official KQ ZFS Linux Module

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Linux Last summer we delivered the news that a native ZFS file-system implementation for Linux was coming by an Indian company known as KQ Infotech where they leveraged the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories ZFS Linux code, finished it off in some areas, and took care of the POSIX support. For running todays tests, Ubuntu 10.10 was used with its Linux 2.6.35 server kernel as to use KQ Infotech's official ZFS Linux packages

A thought, about worldwide adoption of Linux

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Linux This is the question that lingers in the minds of many technology enthusiasts; at least for fun, they would have given it a thought – What would happen if Linux was adopted Worldwide?

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