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This Day in Tech: Aug. 25, 1991: Kid From Helsinki Foments Linux Revolution

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wired.com: 1991: Linus Torvalds, a 21-year-old university student from Finland, writes a post to a user group asking for feedback on a little project he’s working on. He’s built a simple kernel for a Unix-like operating system.

Fedora Rawhide nightly live spins available

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Adam Williamson reports that the Fedora project is now producing automated nightly live builds of Rawhide, its development branch - now you can test the freshest Rawhide without having to install it at all.

SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.0

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desktoplinuxreviews.com: Certain distributions tend to get more press than others. SimplyMEPIS isn’t one. It’s a shame though as SimpyMEPIS has quite a bit to offer the desktop Linux user as you’ll find out in this review.

Early Ubuntu 9.10, OpenSuSE 11.2, Mandriva 2010 Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: Last week we provided benchmarks of Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4, but Ubuntu is not the only Linux distribution preparing for a major update in the coming months. Also released in the past few days were OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 6 and Mandriva Linux 2010.0 Beta 1. To see how these three popular distributions compare, we set out to do our usual Linux benchmarking dance.

Linux- 5 steps to a wider adoption

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sinaisix.blogspot: Linux is the world's best alternative to Microsoft Windows. It has everything that Windows has always dreamed of having. However, it is a big wonder why after being around for close to 20 years, Linux still has less than 5% of the desktop market share.

Novell vs. Red Hat: 9 Days to Watch

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thevarguy.com: That nine-day period will provide a healthy reality check for the Linux market — and it may also reveal how open source initiatives are shaping up across the IT channel. Here’s why.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 317

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Puppy Linux 4.2.1
  • News: KDE becomes default in openSUSE, Novell promotes appliance building tool, Mandriva switches to Plymouth, Sabayon starts testing 5.0, interview with kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Released last week: CentOS 4.8
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 12 Alpha, FreeBSD 8.0-BETA3
  • Site news: Distribution pages get new layout
  • New additions: NuTyX GNU/Linux
  • New distributions: ÆrieBSD, Gordus GNU/Linux, juntaDados, VENENUX GNU/Linux
  • Reader comments

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

Is it time you swapped Ubuntu for Fedora?

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techradar.com: The release of Fedora 11 comes hot on the heels of Ubuntu's latest offering. Both products are wedded to a six monthly release cycle that follows the biannual release of the Gnome desktop, and they both package the same version – 2.26. They also bundle the same versions of Xfce (4.6), the X server (1.6) and KDE (4.2).

All Linux needs is a good commercial

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blogs.techrepublic.com: The scene comes up with Larry David (creator of Seinfeld and star of TVs “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. He’s obviously having a bit of trouble (in the way only Larry David can have trouble). He’s getting frustrated at something. He’s growing verklempt over an issue with his laptop. He’s picking it up and shaking it saying “No, no, no, no, no!”

Linux saves the day ... again

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itwire.com: What do you do when Windows will not boot and cannot repair itself from the installation CD? You fire up a Linux Live CD!

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