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gNewSense 1.1 - Freedom! From content!

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Gnewsense 1.0 was neither especially good nor especially bad. It was a mediocre Ubuntu-clone with a questionable philosophy of "freedom" rather than "usefulness". I was more than ready to let it fade into obscurity when I found that the maintainers have released another version, this time in KDE *and* Gnome flavors. My interest was piqued. What improvements were added? What features (if any) were taken out as last vestiges of Ubuntu's "non-free" software? Would it still be mediocre? I endeavored to find out.

Fedora LiveCD 7 Test 1 Preview

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Earlier this week Microsoft finally shipped its Vista "Longhorn" operating system, which has been receiving a fair amount of attention from traditional media sources. However, if Windows is not your thing Fedora 7 Test 1 is now out.

Understanding Ajax book review

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The competition among Ajax programming books has gotten all the more fierce with Prentice Hall's excellent Understanding Ajax. While many Ajax texts are good at covering a handful of advanced Ajax-related topics, this one starts at the beginning and covers every necessary aspect of Ajax programming in just the right amount of detail.

Linux 2.6.20-rc6 Kernel Performance

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On top of our hardware reviews and comparisons at Phoronix we also cover and compare the latest ATI and NVIDIA drivers along with some of the other popular software packages; however, we have decided to feature Linux kernel performance comparisons with each major release. We will be covering some of the major highlights with each release as well as comparing its performance in a variety of tests against recent kernels.

E is for elegant with Elive live CD

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Elive is a live CD Linux distribution based on Debian that uses the Enlightenment window manager. Elive aims to provide an aesthetically pleasing environment with a full suite of desktop applications that runs efficiently on older systems. Its developers aren't finished yet, but they've come a long way with Elive since the release of 0.3 more than a year ago. This CD shows how beautiful distributions can become without being bloated.

Firefox 2.0: happier browsing, but secure?

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It's long past time to bother telling anyone how much better than IE Firefox is. Faster, smaller, more responsive, with tabbed browsing and useful extensions galore. It's also lot more secure than IE, partly because it's open source, and particularly because it's not integrated with the underlying OS. Firefox's security bugs involve the browser only.

New Drupal 5 shines

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It's been five years since Drupal, the popular GPLed Web development framework, has had a major version release. The new Drupal 5, which debuted in earlier this month, was eight months in development and incorporates more than 1,000 patches from nearly half as many contributors. It also features overhauls and updates in system performance, usability, user interface, and theming.

Ubuntu Christmas Edition and Linux Mint Review

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Even with Ubuntu's official position on the use of "Automatix" and the idea that you are on your own, the fact remains that it’s tools like this that have helped to propel Ubuntu into one of the top distributions of all time.

Also: Spyware: Is Any OS Really Safe?

Simply Mepis 6.0-4 Beta 4 -- A gift from the MEPIS gods 64 Bit that actually works

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So my dreams of being free of 32 bit still live on, yet I still cannot get a package that wants to work across the board...until now. More on that later, but let's give this new polished package a review before the Feb 10th expected launch and let people know if they should move over from other KDE systems to the one out of the Mountaineer state.

Nexenta Alpha 5 Review

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Nexenta, is only a few distros that is currently using OpenSolaris. OpenSolaris is the open sourced version of Sun's main OS which has been ported from SPARC architecture to x86 and now is open sourced. Nexenta, is building itself upon the popularity of Ubuntu by offering not only the look and feel, but the functionality of Ubuntu as well.

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