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ARMing desktop Linux

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Hardware For a brief time in 2008, the Linux desktop actually owned a segment of the desktop industry: netbooks. That was then. ARM-based netbooks, however, are on their way and, since these systems can't run Windows, Linux has the potential market all to itself.

'Frankencamera': A Giant Leap For Digital Photos?

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Hardware It's big. It's ugly. It's made from recycled parts, and uses a Linux operating system.

Netgear responds to open source concerns for WNR3500L router

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OSS We contacted Netgear to receive their perspective on the issue, and they wrote back to let us know that their Senior Product Line Manager Som Pal Choudhury has written a post which describes Netgear’s stance.

Linux-based home NAS boasts 5-18 Watt power consumption

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Hardware Iomega announced a Linux-based, dual-drive networked attached storage (NAS) appliance for the home-business and consumer market.

Small size, small price, big impact

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Hardware Small, cheap, tough and perfect. That’s how local school districts are describing netbooks for educational use. Netbooks at APS run on Linux Ubuntu, that helps keep costs down.

Magazine’s Product Of Year Doesn’t Actually Exist

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Hardware Popular Mechanics product of the year is the Crunchpad, from Tech Crunch’s Michael Arrington, and distinguished by being just as non-existent as the Apple Tablet! No, wait. The Sony Unicorn! Erm, Duke Nukem Forever?

Netgear router not open source, says coder

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Hardware Networking company Netgear has been accused of breaking open-source licensing conditions, by shipping a Linux-based router without source code.

Taiwan-based processor firm DMP Electronics launches $100 netbook

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Hardware Taiwan-based DMP Electronics has launched a US$100 netbook, the Edubook, that will be shipped to overseas markets in component form to be assembled by partners in other countries to save customs duties or meet import requirements.

The Day The Netbook Died

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Hardware Back in March I wrote a glowing review of my Sylvania g Netbook Meso, calling it "a Linux netbook done right." Last month everything changed.

Upgrading a Motherboard in Linux: Kernel Panic

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Hardware I spent the weekend installing a new motherboard in my audio/video production computer. What should have been a 30-minute chore turned into a vexing showstopper.

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