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Netbook Operating Systems

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A modern netbook is likely to have 150 GB of disk space, 1 GB of RAM, a screen resolution of 1024×800, and a wide range of connectivity options. It can hardly be called a minimalist device. Invariably, it will also be double the weight of the original EEEPC 701!

Also, a netbook screen is relatively small. Overlapping windows are a mess more often than not, and confuse users, rather than help them.

The operating system you choose for your netbook would really depend on what you want to use it for. The Ubuntu Netbook version is probably the most widely used. I opted for the 10.10 beta version with a new look and feel. MeeGo, promoted by Intel and Nokia, has been receiving a lot of attention. It boots very fast on an Atom CPU. A third option I found very exciting was KDE Plasma’s Netbook Workspace. It is as simple as changing the theme on a standard desktop and the result is a very different interface.

A common element of all three is that, usually, an application is opened in the full-screen mode. Each tries to increase the viewing area by removing the window decorations.

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Beijing Zoo is No Place for Pandas

Pandas in Beijing Zoo
Photo credit: Nick Hopkins

I am a Panda lover. I work as a support engineer in an I.T company here in the United Kingdom. Most of my spare time is spent watching different Panda videos -- both old and new videos. Basically, it is my therapy; a 'stress release' for me. I find them to be adorable and precious creatures. As a matter of fact, I would like to volunteer to come to Sichuan. I want to experience and feel what it's like to be a Panda keeper, to be able to interact with them for real. The Panda is China's National Treasure, so it's a shame to watch the Panda videos from Beijing zoo, as the place is disgusting and not ideal for Pandas to live in (and for sure for all the rest of the animals who unfortunately got stuck in this prison cell).

The place looks like a ghost town. Lifeless and languished. Knowing that Pandas wear a thick fur on their body, can you imagine what it feels for them in 30C or 35C (summer temperature)? What it probably feels like all the time? Come on, if you really care, you must do something now, otherwise these Pandas will die. Please bring them back to their sanctuary where they really belong.