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The 10 Coolest Open-Source Products Of 2009

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crn.com: From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued emergence of Drupal as a content management system, open source made significant strides in 2009. Check out 10 products that made an impact on the IT Industry this year.

ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop review

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linuxbsdos.com: ALT Linux is an APT-ified, RPM-based distribution developed and maintained by the ALT Linux Team (ALT is recursive for ALT Linux Team). It was originally based on Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux.

Sabayon Linux 5.1 x86 GAMING DVD Released

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Oh oh oooh! Merry Christmas! This release comes straight from the North Pole, I’ve found it under my Christmas tree this morning and wanted to share with you..

LCA 2010: Getting distros to play together, nicely

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itwire.com: For the second time in its 11-year history, Australia's national Linux conference (LCA) has a distro summit on its agenda. The last distro summit was held in 2008, when former Linux Australia president Jonathan Oxer was the organiser.

Nouveau: a 2.6.33 surprise

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linuxfoundation.org: Linus has released the 2.6.33-rc1 prepatch, closing the merge window for this development cycle. This kernel has a few features which will shake things up, with dynamic tracing being near the top as far as I am concerned. But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets called “Nouveau.”

Pandora gets a hands-on review

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pandorapress.net: The recent reports on Pandora’s case design and controls have been nothing short of glowing. It’s pretty satisfying information for the most part; there is no doubt that what we’re hearing from the team is genuine delight in what they’ve achieved. But the question has been asked – what would some guy off the street think of it?

Ksplice - Never reboot your Linux

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dedoimedo.com: This sounds like a very interesting notion. The popular saying goes, you should never reboot your Linux, unless you have to, which is usually only when a kernel update comes. But maybe not even then?

Linux Vendors Need To Get Off the Stick to Compete with Windows

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eweek.com: If the vendors and projects pushing Linux are really serious about knocking Windows off its OS perch, they can't just wait around for it to happen. They need to grab hold of opportunities to reduce the barriers to Linux adoption.

Vienna: Windows and Linux to coexist

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h-online.com: Based on the results of a recently announcedPDF study it has been decided that the municipal authority of the City of Vienna will not at present be shifting entirely to open source for its software needs.

Computer Operating Systems – Which One is Right For You?

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linux.bihlman.com: The majority of personal computers owned by average Joe’s and Jane’s are most likely to feature a version of Microsoft’s Windows while businesses might run either Windows or some version of Linux.

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