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Linux and USB 3.0

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Hardware The newest, fast interface, USB 3.0, is finally out, but only one operating system has native support for it: Linux.

Why aren’t Linux phones using SyncML?

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There’s one thing about the Nokia N900’s Debian-based Maemo OS that I find bewildering and infuriating at the same time. It’s the lack of full support for SyncML — and in its place, Microsoft Exchange.

ASRock ION 330HT-BD Blu-ray NetTop

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Hardware This new nettop computer, which we are reviewing today under Linux, comes complete with a Blu-ray player along with 802.11 g/n WiFi, EuP 2.0 certification, and an MCE remote controller.

Business Netbook: HP Mini 5102 With SUSE Linux

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SUSE Amid the pomp and circumstance of tablets and hybrid netbooks from CES 2010, there’s a few notable introductions that slipped under the radar. The HP Mini 5102 — backed by a SUSE Linux option — is one of those devices.

Another day, another SUSE/Moblin Linux netbook

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SUSE 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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Hardware 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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Hardware 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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Hardware 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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Ubuntu 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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Hardware 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.

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