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Another day, another SUSE/Moblin Linux netbook

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blogs.computerworld.com: Shame on me, I missed that during last week's CES (Consumer Electronics Show), MSI wasn't the only company to announce the release of a SUSE/Moblin Linux-powered netbook. Samsung also announced that they'll be releasing this Linux mix on its N127 netbook.

HP Pavillion dm1-1020ez

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zdnet.co.uk/blog: Well, I've done it again. Bought another sub-notebook. So far I have installed Ubuntu 9.10 (standard and UNR), openSuSE 11.2, Mandriva One 2010.0 and Linux Mint 8.

“Business Class” Favi Pico-Projectors Run Small, Have Linux

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gizmodo.com.au: I’m still not sold on pico-projectors, but obviously that fact hasn’t stopped companies from continuing to make them. I even saw one in on a mobile phone in a commercial once – they’re so mainstream, man! And now Favi has two more:

Encore ENLWI-N 802.11n PCI Wireless Adapter

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phoronix.com: While wireless chipsets are not as complicated as graphics processors, under Linux they can cause just as many headaches when it comes to getting them working reliably. For those looking for a PCI-based 802.11g/n wireless adapter that will work "out of the box" with modern distributions like Ubuntu 9.10, one that we have found to do the job is the Encore ENLWI-N.

Ubuntu on the Latitude 2100 Netbook

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workswithu.com: I recently purchased a Latitude 2100 netbook from Dell and am pretty happy about it. Now that I’ve used it for a couple weeks, it’s time for a review of its performance under Ubuntu.

Linux, Loss, Laptops, and Lower Costs.

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ubuntu-user.com: Last year was also when things started going wrong with my Toshiba notebook. Just before Christmas, it started making occasional strange noises (never a good thing) running rather hot at times, and on at least three occasions over less than a week, something in the hardware just shut down.

The next generation of Linux notebooks arrives at CES

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blogs.computerworld.com: After Dell broke the ice for pre-installing Linux on desktops and netbooks in 2007, the other major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) reluctantly tried it out, and, in some cases, like Lenovo, backed right back out of the Linux desktop market again. As 2010 dawns though, Lenovo and HP are both back in the pre-installed desktop Linux game.

Gateway LT2030u Review

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linuxuser.co.uk: This compact and light netbook is fairly average in performance, but does have a 250GB hard disk drive, a bright screen and a good price

The Google Phone (Nexus One) is Finally Here

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  • The Google Phone (Nexus One) is Finally Here
  • How the Google Nexus One and Motorola Droid compare
  • Google Nexus One v Apple iPhone
  • TCO: Nexus One vs iPhone, Droid & Palm Pre
  • Google Nexus One early termination fee could reach $550

Lenovo unveils IdeaPad U1 Hybrid

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  • Lenovo unveils IdeaPad U1 Hybrid
  • Lenovo Unveils New Hybrid Tablet/Laptop and Smartbook
  • IdeaPad U1 Hybrid pairs notebook base with detachable tablet
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