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Acer gives mixed message on Linux line-up

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Linux

ZDNet: The apparent green light in the UK is an about face from earlier this week, when an Acer spokesperson told ZDNet Australia's sister site, ZDNet UK, it wouldn't offer Ubuntu as an option due to a lack of demand. Acer won't commit to pre-installing Linux on its line-up in Australia.

Also: Acer clarifies position on Linux PCs

Still waiting for swap prefetch

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Linux

Computerworld: It has been almost two years since LWN covered the swap prefetch patch. This work, done by Con Kolivas, is based on the idea that if a system is idle, and it has pushed user data out to swap, perhaps it should spend a little time speculatively fetching that swapped data back into any free memory that might be sitting around.

PlaneShift - Teleport To A Parallel Universe

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Gaming

about.com: Planeshift is an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing) game, where you make a new life in a fantasy world. The software creates a detailed, realistic looking, yet wondrous environment. You can choose to become one of a variety of characters and develop in your virtual life to become a great individual.

Red Hat Global Desktop: Linux's best kept secret?

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Linux

Beranger: So, one month before it's released, and an open-source operating system is so mysterious that nobody has a pre-release version?! How the foo is this open-source?! What is foo-ing happening to Red Hat?!

Linux makes inroads into Microsoft's domain

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rediff.com: While it has an over 20 per cent market share when we speak of servers in India, the free OS called Linux has just around 5 per cent market share in the country when it comes to desktops -- the lion's share going to Microsoft Windows. The scenario is gradually changing, it appears.

Video: Meet the Fedora Ambassadors

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Linux

Red Hat Mag: Ever wonder how the Fedora Project gets off the ground? It takes work from Fedora community members all over the world.

Cuba embraces migration to free and open source software

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OSS

Cuba Headlines: Cuba's government is trying to shake off the yoke of at least one capitalist empire — Microsoft (MSFT)— by joining with socialist Venezuela in converting its computers to open-source software.

Open Source Licensing: Can it Burn You?

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OSS

americanchronicle: As all roads to hell are paved with good intentions, so it seems is the decision of many companies to allow developers their own choice in tooling. As more and more enterprises are allowing individual developers to operate completely free of oversight in how they complete their OSS downloads and the tools they are using.

Is Google secretly helping M$ ?

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Google
Microsoft

Techzone: I know it sounds bizarre, but I do have a theory to substantiate this. Don't know how to formulate it so just listing it.

WebKit and XULRunner (Mozilla) side by side on the XO

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OLPC

j5live.com:Yesterday I tasked Dan Winship, who recently joined Red Hat on the OLPC project, with porting WebKit as a Sugar activity when he had free time. Today I came into the office to find an e-mail with a link to the activity. Here are some screen shots.

Poll shows majority favor Vi as their editor of choice

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Software

All about Linux: Two weeks back, this blog had run a poll which asked which was your favourite editor. The poll was open for voting roughly for a period of two weeks or 14 days. And nearly 750 people participated in the poll.

ZenWalk and the art of not booting

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Linux

click: I really wanted to install ZenWalk 4.6.1, but it was not to be. Add it to the list of distros that won't boot on my test machine, the VIA C3 1 GHz thin client. Funny, because Slackware boots (with the huge.s kernel) and Vector also boots. So I shrunk my Slackware partition just enough to squeeze Vector Linux 5.8 Standard on there again.

SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51 Pre-Beta Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix: MEPIS has been making news this week with the return to Debian as the base for its upcoming SimplyMEPIS 7 release. Debian was the MEPIS base prior to their short-lived relationship with Ubuntu on the bottom.

Also: MEPIS begins return to Debian Linux with alpha release

Red Hat delays release of Linux software

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Linux

Reuters: Software maker Red Hat Inc said on Thursday it delayed its August release of a version of its Linux software for personal computers that would compete with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system.

The $139 Linux PC

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Hardware

Caitlyn Martin: In recent comments to my review of Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO keyfitter wrote: "There is a reason why they are using Win 98 in 2007. I think it’s called, being cheap!." I wonder if these people realize they can buy a brand new computer for $139.

Awn Manager Preview

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Software

thelinuxmovement: So maybe a week or so ago I posted about the Awn theme manager, which was still in early stages but was nice. Well it has made considerable progress, and is now not only a theme manager but pretty much all the preferences, in Awn.

Is the demand for desktop Linux negligible?

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Linux

ZDNet: There's been much fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see any major adoptions take place -- this may have something to do with the fact that in Australia, none of the major PC manufacturers have offered Linux as a pre-installed option.

Gentoo: Critical Mass

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Gentoo

daniel robbins: Well, for the past several days I've been pretty pumped about the future of Gentoo. There seems to be a great interest among the larger Gentoo community.

How Many People Really Use Linux -- And Stick With It?

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Serdar Yegulalp: I am growing infernally curious about what the end-of-the-year sales figures for Dell’s Ubuntu machines will be. What if Linux has its big day in the sun, and simply doesn’t achieve more than a small percentage of the market?

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