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ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Boot Performance

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Hardware

phoronix.com: With netbooks and their users often on the go though, for those not using the suspend and resume mode the boot time can be equally important as the in-desktop performance. To look at this we are delivering boot performance benchmarks for the Eee PC 901 from Fedora 9, Fedora 10, Ubuntu 8.10, and Mandriva 2009.

9 tips for Ubuntu notebook users

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Ubuntu

ubuntukungfu.org/blog: Here are some tips for Ubuntu users who use notebook computers. All are taken from my brand new book Ubuntu Kung Fu, which contains over 300 other fun and useful tips for Ubuntu.

Battle of the Linux Distros

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Linux

lifehacker.com: Today we're taking a look at the real differences between three popular distributions of open-source software, and offering our readers their chance to weigh in on why they like their own particular open-source OS.

Dell confirms 12in netbook? MID? Tablet?

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Hardware

reghardware.co.uk: Dell has confirmed it is indeed working on a 12in netbook-style laptop, as UK grocer Tesco recently let slip on its website. If Tesco is to be believed - 1GB of memory, a 40GB hard drive, and Ubuntu Linux.

Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2 is available

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MDV

blog.mandriva.com: Mandriva Linux 2009 RC 2 (code name Sophie) should be available on public mirrors now (or in the coming hours)...

Linux.conf.au 2009 announces successful miniconferences

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Linux

linuxpr.com (PR): LCA miniconferences have become a feature of Linux.conf.au. The Linux.conf.au papers committee selected the best miniconfs from a number of wide-ranging areas at their annual selections panel meeting this week.

Red Hat: One Lingering Financial Question

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Linux

thevarguy.com: Kudos, Red Hat: You beat financial estimates for your current quarter. Wall Street was impressed. And customers are falling all over each other to sign long-term business deals with you. Still, The VAR Guy was disappointed will one key data point you shared this week.

Interview With TualatriX - Maker of Ubuntu Tweak

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Interviews

helpforlinux.blogspot: Ubuntu has made the whole PC industry sit up and take notice. Even companies like DELL are shipping Ubuntu as an alternative to Windows. However making changes in Ubuntu still require some good old grease and some x-conf editing. Thankfully one software, Ubuntu Tweak, aims to make changes to Ubuntu very easy. Today we have TualatriX, the maker of UT.

few early howtos:

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HowTos
  • Tweaking your wireless on PCLinuxOS

  • Reset Your Ubuntu Password Easily from the Live CD
  • 5 Ways To Search For Files Using The Terminal
  • Exherbo Installation
  • Easily displaying two-dimensional data with GtkDatabox

today's leftovers

  • Sing your Open Source Advertising Praises

  • The Black Screen of Death
  • Theodore Tso: How the LSB Helps You Behind the Scenes
  • Linux alternatives to Windows SBS part two
  • OpenSuse 10 + Apple G4 Tower - the process
  • Digital piano adds Linux
  • Intrepid Alpha6 Deskbar Extensions
  • Oracle, Red Hat spar over Linux
  • A Difference That Makes No Difference From Open Source ...
  • A Roadmap To Destroy Open Source?
  • Review of Russell Dyer's MySQL in a Nutshell, Second Edition
  • Linux audio layers
  • Grumbles about Intrepid
  • Meet Apone: The X301 Review (Linux and Vista)

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Change Volume From a Bash Script

  • Having Home, Computer recycle bin and network services icons under Gnome
  • More Short Cut Keys
  • Using the Jamendo Plugin to Find Cool New Music
  • Create a Private Encrypted Folder On Ubuntu Hardy With eCryptfs
  • Virtualization As An Alternative To Dual Booting Part 3
  • Ubuntu Certification Tutorials
  • OOo: Harmonizing With MS Office, Managing Large Complex Documents
  • How to install openSUSE 11 in OS X using Parallels - a complete walkthrough
  • Howto: Pimp your kickstart, Part two
  • Mandriva : Tiny HOWTO : removing -debug packages with urpme
  • Install Fedora 9 on a laptop with a broken DVD drive

Look & Feel for Intrepid and beyond

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Ubuntu

kwwii.blogspot: Things are winding up for Intrepid. This time, we spent quite some effort on trying out new things. Our dark theme test seemed to pay off.

openSUSE homepage gets new look

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Web
SUSE

zonker.opensuse: I know a lot of openSUSE users and contributors probably don’t look at the openSUSE landing page (front page) every day. So, you may not have noticed that the front page has been redesigned.

Free software: It's about the money

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OSS

linuxworld.com: Open-source software developers are seeing a lot of interest in their products in Europe -- but it's North American companies that are opening their checkbooks, said speakers at Paris Capitale du Libre, a conference organized by the Federation of Open Source Software Industry.

Also: Commercial Open Source in Europe Verses the US

sound in mandriva 2009.0

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colin.guthr.ie: 2008.1 went well and the decision to default to using PulseAudio turned out to be pretty good all in all. I made it my mission to ensure that we had as smooth as possible an integration and have continued to follow up as many bug reports as my time permits. Anyway, what about 2009?

GNOME 2.24 released, mobile development platform emerges

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Software

arstechnica.com: The open source GNOME desktop environment got a big boost today with the release of version 2.24. The latest version brings some new applications and a wide range of improvements for developers and end users. This is also the first version of GNOME to be released with an accompanying mobile development platform.

Improving Ubuntu/Upstream Bug Workflow

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Ubuntu

jonobacon.org: Today we launched the beta of our Ubuntu Upstream Report. Jorge has more details on how upstreams and Ubuntu contributors can make use of the report, but I wanted to spend a few moments telling the story behind the report.

Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Alpha 6 Review

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Ubuntu

penguinway.net: Alpha 6 is the last alpha release of Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10. I wanted to give it a try on my Dell Inspiron 1150 notebook to see how far it had come along.

Italian LUG turns Pakistani school into a educational model

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Linux

linux.com: The students of a missionary school in Pakistan, from first graders to graduates, have become enthusiast Edubuntu users thanks to the cooperation between their administrator and an Italian LUG.

Linux Foundation Statement on IBM IT Standards Policy

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OSS

Jim Zemlin: Yesterday, Linux Foundation member IBM announced its adoption of a new corporate policy that will govern its global participation in the standards development process. The Linux Foundation applauds this action, and supports IBM’s call for raising the bar in the standards development process.

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today's leftovers

  • 10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream – For The Record
    10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.
  • Linux Works For You
    Linux allows YOUR computer to work for you, not against you. Wearing this shirt/hoodie demonstrates to all who see it that you are not a slave to your PC. You are in control and Linux is the reason for this.
  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
    The Linux Journal mourns the passing of Robin Miller, a longtime presence in our community.
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  • Pidgin / Libpurple SkypeWeb Plugin Sees New Stable Release
    SkypeWeb is a plugin that allows using Skype in Pidgin / libpurple chat clients. The plugin can be used to send instant messages and participate in group chats, but it does not yet support voice / video calling.
  • Feral's GameMode May Soon Have Soft Real-Time Capabilities
    Feral Interactive's Linux system tuning daemon, GameMode since being introduced earlier this year has primarily offered the ability to easily change the CPU scaling governor when gaming but not much more. Though a new feature is now in the works for GameMode.
  • Mini DebConf Hamburg
    Last week I attended the MiniDebConfHamburg. I worked on new releases of dracut and rinse. Dracut is an initramfs-tools replacement which now supports early microcode loading. Rinse is a tool similar to debootstrap for rpm distributions, which now can create Fedora 28 environments aka chroots.
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