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What computer users should know

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toolbox.com: Following is a list of what I think is the absolute minimum a computer user should know to be able to keep their machine running as problem free as possible.

64-bit OS written entirely in assembly

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hackaday.com: The folks at Return Infinity just released a new version of their BareMetal OS, a 64-bit operating system written entirely in assembly.

Ed Tech Battle Royale: Tablets and netbooks and hybrids, oh my!

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zdnet.com: A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Dell had sent me three of their flagship educational products for review. At the same time, I received a Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet for the day job.

Interview with Ken Thompson

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Interviews

drdobbs.com: The Japan Prize, one of the highest honors awarded for outstanding contribution to science and technology, was awarded jointly this year to Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie for the creation of UNIX

Some things Oracle just doesn’t get

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euroquis.nl: Yesterday at the NLUUG conference I picked up a Solaris 11 Express CD in a nice brownish CD sleeve (I say "nice" because it feels and looks different from the generic white sleeves).

It's Not A Linux Laptop

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Google
  • It's Not A Linux Laptop
  • Five Reasons why Google's Linux Chromebook is a Windows killer
  • Chromebook: web applications put to the test
  • Why Google Chrome OS is Crucial for the Linux Desktop
  • Samsung Chromebook: 12 things you need to know

today's leftovers:

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HowTos
  • How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen
  • Mandriva 2011 – How to ‘pin’ applications to the panel
  • Microsoft Windows – Promoting Mediocrity Since 1985
  • Dropbox snuffs open code that bypassed file-sharing controls
  • A new Linux desktop appeal
  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
  • OpenDungeons 0.4.8 Released
  • Is Linux In Trouble, or Is It Just Something About East Texas?
  • Dell Does it Again
  • The Board 0.1.3 Released
  • FLOSS Weekly 163: OpenCSW
  • Know your History - At least in Bash
  • Fire Up Your Electrons!
  • Ubuntu 11.04 Review, Screenshots Tour and Videos
  • Revenge of the Titans Source
  • Thinstation – It’s so powerful yet Open Source!
  • Do You Know of Any Sabayon Derivatives?
  • Open source Hadoop engineers may spin off from Yahoo!

Windows still rules OS roost, but Linux and Mac growing faster, says Gartner

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linuxfordevices.com: The worldwide market for operating system software grew nearly eight percent to $30.4 billion in 2010, led by Microsoft Windows with 78.6 percent market share, says Gartner. Yet Linux was the fastest growing server OS, and Apple's Mac OS had the fastest growth on the desktop.

Can’t pick an OS? Always Innovating pushes triple-boot Android, Chrome, Ubuntu

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liliputing.com: The software is called Super-Jumbo, and for good reason. Basically it’s a single disk image which combines four operating systems: Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10, Google Chromium OS, and AIOS.

Why no Operating System will Ever be Good Enough

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ghacks.net: The sheer volume of excitement about Windows 8 has taken me quite by surprise with more leaks than we ever saw with Vista or Windows 7 in the same time-frame. The excitement and hype easily matches that of Google’s Chrome OS. So why do I have this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach?

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Canonical Releases New Kernel Update for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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