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The Linux Kernel Primer

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There are those who are tempted by the 'here be dragons' signs and decide they want, or need, to get down into the internals of the kernel. For those intrepid individuals the 'Linux Kernel Primer' promises to be the guidebook they need as they start the journey.

Ubuntu 6.04 pre-beta (Dapper Drake)

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The development cycle of the next major release from the wildly popular Linux distribution Ubuntu started on October 20 and was given the monicker of Dapper Drake. That is a name we will all be hearing quite a bit on the road to final, scheduled for April 20, 2006, and well beyond. Let's a take a look at a recent build for the upcoming Ubuntu 6.04. I choose to call it "pre-beta."

MySQL 5.0 open source database

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We asked our resident perfectionist to run his keyboard fingers over the latest verison of the open source database. How did he feel afterwards?

Kurumin: From Brazil with Lov^H^H^HLinux

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According to DistroWatch, "Kurumin Linux is a Brazilian run-from-CD Linux distribution based on Knoppix. Its main features are excellent hardware auto-detection, support for Brazilian Portuguese and small size." Version 5.1-alpha4 was recently released and tuxmachines took it for a short spin.

Review: Win4Lin Pro

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Running Windows under Linux is a suitable alternative to having to maintain two systems, or a dual-boot system with Linux and Windows. One of the options for running Windows under Linux is Win4Lin, Inc.'s Win4Lin Pro, which was released earlier this year.

ATI v8.19.10 Linux Performance

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In this article today, we will be focusing upon the frame-rate performance of not only their latest release but also that of the three previous versions - v8.16.20, v8.18.6, and v8.18.8.

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.

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