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AMD Shanghai Opteron: Linux vs. OpenSolaris Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: In January we published a review of the AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs on Linux when we looked at four of the Opteron 2384 models. The performance of these 45nm quad-core workstation/server processors were great when compared to the earlier AMD Barcelona processors on Ubuntu Linux, but how is their performance when running Sun's OpenSolaris operating system?

Mac Vs. PC: Who's the More Considerate BitTorrent Software Thief?

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gizmodo.com: TorrentFreak checked some seed and leech numbers of Mac, Windows, and Linux software to see who's got the nicer ratio.

Linux vs. Mac vs. Windows

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davidhilton.wordpress: My standpoint on Linux vs. Mac vs. Windows: strengths of various operating systems, with Linux being the standard of comparison.

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4?

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zdnet.com.au: Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? In this video, we take to Sydney's streets to find out what people think of what they think is a Windows 7 demonstration.

Benchmarked: Ubuntu vs Vista vs Windows 7

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tuxradar.com: A lot of people have been chattering about the improvements Windows 7 brings for Windows users, but how does it compare to Ubuntu in real-world tests?

SkyOS faces choice of go open source or go away

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blogs.zdnet.com: SkyOS, an ambitious operating system for x86 PCs, has halted development and is considering whether to go open source or just close up shop.

A truly light-weight OS: Written in ASM, with GUI, networking and apps

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geekzone.co.nz: Much has been written about resource hungry operating systems. Microsoft Vista or even various GNU/Linux desktop editions, which can't be happy unless you throw gigabytes of RAM at them. Today I came across an operating system that can truly claim to be light-weight.

Font Fun in OpenSolaris and Beyond

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blogs.eweek.com: For the past few weeks, I've been running OpenSolaris 2008.11 on my main work notebook. One of the roughest edges I've found on my OpenSolaris installation is the system's font rendering within the Firefox Web browser.

Virtual Machines, Put To The Developer Test

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ddj.com: Often, a developer's goal is to create software that runs on many different operating systems, while giving users the same experience no matter which operating system they happen to be using. Virtual machine technology lets developers run multiple operating systems each installed in a VM, which should save them time and money -- if the VM performance doesn't suffer.

7 differences between Linux and Windows

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bradshawenterprises.com/blog: Having mainly used various linuxes over the last few years, I’ve returned to using Windows 7 on my main desktop (out of curiosity) and XP on my work laptop (out of the fact it’s not mine!). Thought I’d share somethings I’ve noticed now I’m moving between them daily.

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