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Keepin Ya Posted: SUSE Linux 10.0b3

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Well, the hits just keep on coming with the Beta 3 release of OpenSUSE's SUSE Linux 10.0. As with Mandriva's 2006 Beta 3, most of the changes are under the hood. The Changelog is quite extensive and it looks like the OpenSUSE developers have been very very busy.

ECS KN1 Extreme

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Previously ECS ELITEGROUP was known for economy class offerings, but there has been some success of late with a few different platforms in the enthusiast market by ECS, but associated with low cost "bang for the buck" type systems. When the nForce4 Ultra based KN1 Extreme arrived at my doorstep and I indulged in it's build and feature set, I must say I was quite impressed.

Mandriva 2006 Beta 3

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How's the development of Mandriva 2006 progressing? Well, there wasn't a whole lot new to the naked eye this time, however Warly states that over 250 bugs were squashed and over 5600 packages were rebuilt.

Quick Look-See at Freespire

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To quote DistroWatch, "Freespire is a new Linux distribution, a free edition of Linspire with all proprietary components and trademarks removed. The distribution comes with a free repository of over 1,500 packages available via apt-get and Synaptic. This initial release functions as a live CD only and serves as a proof of concept." Here is a quick rundown of the Freespire linux livecd.

Enlightenment E17 - A Detailed Look

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My first Linux experiences came through Knoppix and Mandrake, which send you to the KDE desktop by default. I used KDE at first, but I wanted to experiment with other less Windowsesque environments.

Exploring the outer limits

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Released over the weekend, aLinux 12.5 is looking good. Not only is it looking good, but it's fast, stable, and 'just works'. There are many distros I like, but only a few excite. Tuxmachines is extremely excited about aLinux 12.5.

SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 2 Report

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The "Lizard Blizzard" continues as OpenSUSE released Beta 2 of the upcoming SUSE Linux a coupla days ago. So what's new in this release since the August 9th release of Beta 1?

Because Beauty is Basic

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GoblinX Mini 1.2.0 was released yesterday and it sounded very interesting to me. It's described as "a son of GoblinX and contains only XFCE as windows manager and GTK/GTK2 based applications," while "GoblinX is a Live-CD that is based on the excellent Slackware distribution." The most intriguing thing to tuxmachines however, is the small size. Many of you might know of my soft spot for mini distributions, GoblinX Mini Edition weighs in at 150 mb. This is my first look at GoblinX. Let's see whad'up.

OnebaseGo 3.0 Review

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I am an avid Linux user but tired of the growing number of repetitive distributions.There are too many deja-vu distros based on RedHat, Knoppix and Debian with very little difference between them apart from their name and website.

I came across Onebase Linux recently, an independent distribution that consists of an impressive list of features. I decided to pay and try OnebaseGo LiveCD. I am writing my experience with it so far.

Austrumi 0.9.7 Released

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In case you didn't know, Austrumi is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution based on 'Slackware GNU Linux' using'Blin' initialisation scripts. I looked at version 0.9.5 back in May and found it to be a great little mini distro. At that time it had wonderful fonts and amazing speed to add enjoyment to using the many apps included in that teny tiny 48mb. Version 0.9.7 was released a coupla days ago and I wanted to see what was new.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT, never mind the X?

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Relentless, that is how I’d describe NVIDIA at this point, after they’d beaten to a pulp anything that ATI had on the shelf they start a new assault with a graphic card we all knew was coming, the GeForce 7800 GT. Poised to raise the bar in the mid-range this $449 graphic card is set to replace the 6800GT and up the performance to a whole new level.

Mandriva 2006 Beta 2 is Looking Goood

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Beta 2 hit the mirrors about 24 hours ago and so what's new? The most notable and easily noticed is the new theme. The new professional theme runs throughout the installer and installed Mandriva system. It's even in the kdm login screen as well as the kde and gnome splash screens. It's a wonderfully classy theme featuring a nice tasteful penguin on an attractive blue backdrop. Kudos, kudos Mandriva. Now that's what I'm talking about! Finally they listened to the masses and I think they've just about got it right.

New Blank Keyboard for Geeks Only

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Typing on a Das Keyboard is a lot like typing on any other computer keyboard - except the keys are blank. Most people, especially those who rely on the slow but steady hunt-and-peck technique, might consider that a problem.

The Lizard Blizzard Begins

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It was less than a week ago when Novell announced it would open up a version of its Suse Linux operating system to users and developers and planned on unveiling it at LinuxWorld this week. In its efforts to make SUSE Linux available for anyone anywhere, Beta 1 of version 10.0 was released August 9 as reported by DistroWatch. 4-disk sets are available on several mirrors around the globe. Tuxmachines isn't waiting for final, or even a release candidate. No, we are going to install and test out this Beta 1.

GeForce 7800 GTX shootout

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We've been fortunate enough to get our hands on three retail GeForce 7800 GTX cards from XFX, Leadtek and BFG, respectively, and without letting the cat out of the bag, two are shipped with BIOSes that push cards' GPU and memory speeds way above default. £350-£400 is a whole bunch of money to spend on a single graphics card. Follow us as we try to establish which of our trio offers the best value.

HIS X800XL vs Sapphire X800XL 512 MB

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Today, I am testing two cards with different features. First we have the HIS X800XL. As other HIS cards I’ve reviewed, this comes with their IceQII cooling system, making it very silent. In the other corner, I have the Sapphire X800XL 512 MB, which, as you might figure out, comes with twice the memory of ordinary X800XL cards: 512 MB.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX + 1.0-7675 Driver Preview

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Within a few hours, NVIDIA is expected to release their new set of display drivers (1.0-7675). Among other improvements, these new drivers should correct a majority of the problems that previously plagued the 7800GTX Linux performance.

Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE

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Something is very noticeable about the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith Value Edition motherboard - it is sized below normal ATX standards. As a result, some tradeoffs had to be made. Does this board provide the customer looking for value and performance what they are seeking?

Review: Lunar Linux

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Lunar Linux is based on the Source Mage distribution, but, as indicated on the project's Web site, Lunar Linux developers have rewritten both the install code and the package management code in an effort to increase its user-friendliness. A user-friendly source-based distribution?

SymphonyOS - Act II (Alpha 4)

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SymphonyOS is proud to announce the release of Alpha 4, as seen on Distrowatch and the Symphony website. Tuxmachines is proud to take a look! I first became aquainted with Symphony back in May with the release of Alpha 3 and was quite impressed at that time with Symphony's unique desktop. As we take a look at this newest release today, we will be concentrating on what's new and improved.

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