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The Inspiration behind Netbooks

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businessweek.com: Suddenly, Netbooks are all the rage. Turns out the UMPC (ultramobile) form factors were a bit too small and too expensive to make a mass market, but the Netbook is JUST RIGHT.

10 Linux-based Gadgets Just in Time for Christmas

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daniweb.com: If you haven't bought that special geek in your life something electronic yet for Christmas, here are 10 ideas for you. They're all Linux-based and are sure to bring a smile to any geek's face. They are in no particular order.

Desktop Linux buy or rent and the home market

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blogs.zdnet.com: One important point about Paula’s story concerning IBM’s “Microsoft-free” Linux PC is that it’s a rental unit. What users get is a terminal.

Ilumina TV Runs On Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

technology.inquirer.net: The Ilumina's basic component is its 32-inch LCD TV panel. Inside it are computer parts that run a scaled-down version of Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Asus nettop gets discrete graphics

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linuxdevices.com: Asus has announced enhanced versions of its Eee Box "nettop" computer. Targeting home-theater applications, the B204 and B206 include HDMI outputs, as well as discrete graphics circuitry from ATI, and could prove popular for Linux media center distributions like Boxee, MythTV, SageTV, Linux MCE, and others.

Whassup with Netbooks?

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blogs.zdnet.com: It has suddenly become fashionable to diss the Netbook. Some of the blame goes to Intel, which didn’t understand who its buyers might be.

StudioDave Does A Hardware Review And Meets Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

linuxjournal.com: I found a contender at Best Buy, a Hewlett-Packard G60-125NR. This purchase was risky. However, I did find some reports indicating success with recent Ubuntu systems, and the machine's hardware seemed to be a near-perfect fit for my needs.

The history of PC hardware, in pictures

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royal.pingdom.com: We all use personal computers and we all take them for granted in our everyday lives. It’s easy to forget that PCs have only been around for a couple of decades, and initially were nowhere near the powerhouses we have on our desks today.

Vladivostok Gives Free GNU/Linux Netbooks

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opendotdotdot.blogspot: I've written before about the increasing uptake of, and innovation around, free software in Russia. Here's another fascinating experiment, involving the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services, which is giving students netbooks running the Mandriva distro.

Holiday Special: Dell Ubuntu Linux Netbooks At $299

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thevarguy.com: Attention Ubuntu Linux shoppers: Dell in newspapers today advertised Inspiron Mini 9 netbooks running Ubuntu for the bargain basement starting price of $299. Even The VAR Guy is opening his wallet and buying one.

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Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

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