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Samsung to pay Apple $290m for patent infringement

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Samsung Electronics is to pay $290 million to Apple for copying features of iPhone and iPad in its devices. This is as per the verdict by a U.S. jury in the long-running patent struggle between the two tech giants. It restores a large chunk of a historic verdict Apple won in 2012.

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Linus Torvalds: 'free' OS X Mavericks is no threat to Linux

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tuaw.com: After yesterday's surprise announcement of the free upgrade to OS X Mavericks, some Twitter wags and industry pundits assumed that the free OS would be a danger to the continued existence of Linux.

A Mac for a Linux user

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manilastandardtoday.com: IN a recent piece for TechRepublic, Jack Wallen, a longtime Linux advocate, contemplates the purchase of an iMac. As a Linux user myself, I can’t help but agree. But unlike Jack, I switched from Windows to both Linux (on the desktop) and the Mac (on the road) at about the same time, so I had none of the doubts that he entertained.

If I had to leave the Mac? I'd switch to Elementary OS

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macworld.com: Perhaps it’s a holdover from the Apple Depression of the 1990s, but I sometimes wonder where I would go if I ever needed to leave the Mac. I’m speaking, of course, of Linux.

Ballmer's greatest quotes

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iafrica.com: Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is probably one of the most hated CEOs on the planet - being called the worst ever by some cynics. But whether you like him or hate him, you can't deny that he's one of the most quotable and entertaining suits in the tech industry. We take a look...

Mac and Back Again

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linuxinsider.com: There's no denying that those of us here in the Linux community see our fair share of ups and downs. Sometimes, though, it's difficult not to be amazed by the way things often balance out "Even Steven." Case in point? The bemoaning the departure of GNOME cofounder Miguel de Icaza.

Head-to-Head Desktop Comparison: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. OS X Mountain Lion

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Ubuntu

datamation.com: See how the two operating systems compare from a casual user's perspective with regards to installation, software and hardware.

The best of Linux - made on a Mac

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itwire.com: The Linux Foundation has released a video of what it sees as the 2012 highlights for Linux - but the presence of decent video-creation and editing software running on Linux does not seem to be one of them.

Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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theregister.co.uk: f a major Linux desktop falls in the forest and no one is around to use it, does it make a sound? That's a question the GNOME project would do well to contemplate.

Should Linux Take a Lesson From Apple?

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): It seems safe to say that most FOSS fans are sick to death of hearing about both of them, of course, but recently the always-insightful team over at TuxRadar posed yet another interesting question. Specifically, "What can Linux really steal from Apple?"

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Changing times, busy times and why Google will save Usenet.

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Eltechs Debuts x86 Crossover Platform for ARM Tablets, Mini-PCs

The product, called ExaGear Desktop, runs x86 operating systems on top of hardware devices using ARMv7 CPUs. That's significant because x86 software, which is the kind that runs natively on most computing platforms today, does not generally work on ARM hardware unless software developers undertake the considerable effort of porting it. Since few are likely to do that, having a way to run x86 applications on ARM devices is likely to become increasingly important as more ARM-based tablets and portable computers come to market. That said, the ExaGear Desktop, which Eltechs plans to make available next month, currently has some steep limitations. First, it only supports Ubuntu Linux. And while Eltechs said support for additional Linux distributions is forthcoming, there's no indication the product will be able to run x86 builds of Windows on ARM hardware, a feat that is likely to be in much greater demand than Linux compatibility. Read more