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Alternative Netbook Operating Systems

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gottabemobile.com: Rather than sticking with Microsoft Windows XP or the updated Windows 7, there are a variety of reasons for checking out alternative operating systems for your netbook.

Chrome Netbook Operating System By Christmas?

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itworld.com: One of the tidbits author Jerri Ledford told me during my interview to get information for the Daily Tip entry Chrome Tips and Tricks for Better Browsing was that she felt Google's Chrome operating system would be on netbooks by Christmas.

5 phrases that diminish the credibility of Linux, Mac, and Windows users

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Much like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” if you see the same claim made in every argument, time and time again, that claim starts to lose credibility. I don’t think there’s anywhere in modern life where this is more visible than in the Linux/Mac/Windows flame wars.

Haiku alpha: Wow. Just wow.

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kmandla.wordpress: I got riled up about five months ago because ReactOS, the wannabe Windows mimic, was making strides toward actual usability. So you can imagine my excitement after trying the Haiku OS alpha, and getting this on my Inspiron.

The New Windows vs. Linux Debate

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serverwatch.com: Despite its new one-sided approach, news out of VMworld and analysis of things from the show continues to spill forth -- perhaps the slow news cycle of the summer hasn't yet ended.

CrunchEee — the netbook Linux for snobs

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CrunchEee comes with the custom Array.org kernel built-in, so WPA-encypted WiFi and the unique ad-hoc connection of Joikuspot are supported on start-up. There’s also an Eee-specific panel that lets you manage Bluetooth connections, your webcam and also gives you some performance presets for your Asus machine.

eyeOS 2.0 rethinks its webtop for 2010

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h-online.com: The eyeOS developers have announced that eyeOS 2.0 will be available on January 1st, 2010. EyeOS, dubbed the "cloud computing operating system" by its creators, is a webtop environment where a server presents the users desktop within a web browser.

Haiku OS Beta 1: Simple Is Beautiful

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informationweek.com: After years of quiet but steady development, Haiku OS finally has its first beta. Here comes a new competitor for the desktop -- not just with Windows or OS X, but Linux,too.

OpenSolaris vs Linux

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tuxradar.com: So you've been playing around with alternative OSes for a while and you reckon you've got this Linux thing mastered. Maybe you're tried Mac OS X and found it a bit too restrictive (or expensive); perhaps you've kicked the Hurd's tyres and thought you'll come back to it when it's something more than just a clever name. If you're looking for something else to play with, we humbly suggest OpenSolaris.

A Very Early Look At OpenSolaris 2010.02

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phoronix.com: OpenSolaris 2009.06 was released earlier this year, but unlike in years past and contrary to their original six month release cycle, there will not be another OpenSolaris distribution release in 2009. Instead, the next slated release is OpenSolaris 2010.02. We have screenshots.

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