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A Boxee Box review: Recent updates and questions of openness

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opensource.com: The Boxee Box, available since November 2010 with firmware recently upated to 1.1, is a winning compromise that makes a Linux-based HTPC easy enough for the least technical user.

Is North Korea really making its own PCs?

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  • Is North Korea really making its own PCs?
  • North Korea Fakes Manufacture of $80 American/German Netbook

In depth: Raspberry Pi, the computer on a stick

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electronicsweekly.com: Raspberry Pi is a tiny ARM-based single board computer that enables a TV to run Linux and scripting languages such as Python.

Mini-PC offers Chrome OS, modular design

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desktoplinux.com: Xi3 Corp. announced the first desktop PC based on Google's Chrome OS, based closely on its Linux-ready Xi3 Modular Computer mini-PC. The ChromiumPC offers a modular design, including a swappable processor board with a single- or dual-core x86 processor, as well as two upgradable I/O boards.

Digital Foosball Offers Open Source Awesomeness

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OSS

wired.com: Foosball tables, that ever-present staple of dot-com startups, YMCA rec rooms and your parents’ basement, have long been in need of a digital upgrade. Now, a German interactive firm has devised a way for you to spruce up the play behind those miniature plastic soccer players.

Desktop Linux: Hardware that aims to break the final frontier

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Ubuntu

ubuntumanual.org: To break the barrier vendors need to bundle Linux or its derivatives with their hardware. It seems Ubuntu has now made them think along those lines and Ubuntu preloaded PC's have started to trickle in. Lets have a look at some of them.

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.

New Linux Laptop from ERACC – Self-Review

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Hardware

blog.eracc: If you are interested in a new laptop pre-loaded with Linux or shipped with a bare drive for self-install read on.

NVIDIA Gets Happy, Puts Out Two New Blobs

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Software

phoronix.com: NVIDIA has put out two new proprietary Linux driver updates. One of the drivers is a pre-release in the 270.xx series that largely is after bug-fixing, but the second driver is more interesting as it's the first (development) NVIDIA Linux driver release in the 275.xx series. The NVIDIA 275.09 beta driver brings new features.

HP Pavillion dm1-3105ez

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: Let me say that I don't need any "check Linux compatibility before you buy" lectures. I know what I am doing. How does it do with Linux?

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Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

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Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

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