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OOlite Review

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OOlite is a homage to the original space trading game, Elite. It encompasses all the charm of Elite while adding in some excellent new features and community mods. Today we've got a review of OOlite for Linux and also an OOlite play guide.

MitraX in the Matrix

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MitraX is a mini linux livecd distribution of 48MB and is presently on Distrowatch's waiting list. Based on slackware and linux live, it offers administration level networking and security tools while provding a minimal gui and gui-based tools and apps.

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FreeBSD 6.0

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The FreeBSD operating system is finally through it's buggy 5.x series and into the more reliable 6.x series. Most of the problems of the old days are gone. FreeBSD still isn't perfect, but at least with 6.0-RELEASE it's more stable and functional than it has been in the recent past.

Review: OpenLab 4 impresses with ease of use

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Despite its clear educational leanings, OpenLab International has taken the OS to a new level with this release. The intention of OpenLab 4 is very obviously to cater for its existing OpenLab user base while at the same time making the distribution more attractive to a wider audience.

Cedega 5.0 Reviewed

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Cedega 5.0 is the first release to feature integration between the Cedega GUI and the core Cedega technology. In addition to the usability improvements that accompany this fusion, TransGaming also give you the ability to play Battlefield 2, Dungeon Siege II, Madden NFL 2006 and Madden NFL 2005 on your Linux desktop today.

A review of Rickford Grant's "Linux Made Easy"

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Regardless of what you hear about the GNU/Linux past, the truth is that we live in the age of Linux newbie enlightenment. GNU/Linux is easier to use to install and to use than Windows. And most important, quality user guides for Linux newbies abound, among them being Rickford Grant's new book, Linux Made Easy.

Fry's $159 Linspire Computer

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When I opened the local Fry's ad circular, one of the first things I spotted was the ad for a complete PC for $159. As you might guess, this PC for tightwads doesn't run any flavor of the Gatesian OS, instead the system ships with Linspire. We took the plunge and bought one, just to find out if it really could be a viable option.

A Preview of the $100 Laptop

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It's a clever little thing - I had a hard time putting it down after picking it up. The mockup I saw was about the size of a large paperback book running a customized Red Hat distro to the processor and hardware specifications of the machine.

MyahOS 1.1 - Moving on up

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MyahOS 1.1 was released less than a week ago and already it's gaining some momentum. The latest news on this wonderful slackware-based operating system is its new listing on Distrowatch. Being recognized and listed on distrowatch not only validates a developer's efforts, but also brings in more focus and users to an os. It's quite prestigious and an honor to be included in Distrowatch's listings considering there are still approximately 100 distros still waiting. MyahOS is quite deserving of this listing and today we are going to share with you some of those reasons.

Pocket guide covers popular desktop Linux distros

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David Brickner came to the conclusion that the biggest obstacle to faster adoption of Linux on the desktop was that there's too much information available. So what does he do to remedy this situation? Write another book, of course!

REVIEW: Flock Browser Promotes Creation

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Web browsing used to be mostly about just that: Surfing site after site for information and goods. But lately, more people are using the Internet as much to produce and share things as to consume them. A new browser called Flock seeks to address the new reality of enhanced online creativity and community.

CrossOver Office 5.0

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While CrossOver has always been useful but never quite perfect, this new release is a breakthrough in Windows compatibility and GNU/Linux desktop integration. If you've been in "wait and see" mode with CrossOver Office, this is the release that should push you toward it.

There's A New Distro in Town Pardner!

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From time to time a Linux distribution comes along that just works. Often review writers call them “Windows Killers!” PCLinuxOS version .92 test 2 is one of those special, English only, distros that can make an old Windows user into a new Linux user.

The Knoppix Advantage

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There is a great deal of discussion going on about which distribution is most ideal for the desktop, with people taking different sides. If you ask me, Knoppix scores over other distros when it comes to installing Linux on old machines. Let me elaborate on how I reached this conclusion.

Introducing GoboLinux 012

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It's rare to see a new distribution that isn't a Debian or Red Hat clone in disguise with an extra feature or two, or that dares to take a bold departure from the status quo. One of those rarities, however, is GoboLinux.

An Arabian Night

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Arabian Linux 0.6 beta 4 was released on or about September 4, and at the request of a reader, Tuxmachines downloaded, burnt and test drove this lovely installable livecd tonight. As the name implies Arabian is primarily designed for Arabian speaking users, however it does have support for English as well. Since this latest release is two month old, some of the packages are going to seem a big dated, but it none the less is worth a look. Great looks, stability, and imaginative customizations make Arabian a worthy contender in either language. In fact, Tuxmachines was quite impressed.

YAMR: Mandriva Linux 2006

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MandrakeLinux always had a reputation as an ideal distribution for beginners. Now that the renamed Mandriva has included technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris into Mandriva Linux 2006, this reputation seems more justified than ever.

Trying out the new OpenBSD 3.8

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Yesterday OpenBSD, the proactively secure Unix-like operating system, released version 3.8, featuring several improvements to networking, RAID management tools, and increased security. I took this new release as an opportunity to perform my first ever OpenBSD install.

Upgrades Lift Ubuntu and SUSE

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eWEEK Labs reviewed Canonical Ltd.'s Ubuntu 5.10 and Novell Inc.'s SUSE Linux 10.0, both of which began shipping in October, and we were impressed by the maturity, polish and, yes, innovation that these Penguin banner bearers displayed.

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