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Linux laptops look to phone stores and Web for distribution

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blogs.zdnet.com: Microsoft’s strategy for fighting off Linux laptops, which are Netbooks powered by Ubuntu or Android, seems clear. Keep them out of retail distribution.

The Linux laptops of 2009

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blogs.zdnet.com: The Linux laptop business represents a Chinese industry trying to serve a Western market and getting lost in the translation.

some netbook stuff

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  • Novell sets up Netbook Linux R&D team

  • Asus netbook includes optical drive
  • A netbook with Linux? Here are six options
  • Linux Netbook Roundup
  • AT&T Offers A Netbook For $50
  • Asus and HP netbooks to run Google Android?
  • Intel moves Moblin over to the Linux Foundation
  • A Linux Netbook Done Right: the Sylvania g Netbook Meso
  • Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry
  • Xfce 4.6 -- Mandriva rules Wind

HP Mini 2140: A Nice Netbook With SUSE

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linuxplanet.com: A year ago, HP jumped into the netbook market. Well, stepped in. Well, put a toe in. But now HP has gotten around to getting specific: The 10.1-inch-screened Mini 2140 is the company's first netbook aimed specifically at mobile professionals.

Nouveau driver Test Day on Thursday 26th

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A Test Day is planned tomorrow (Thursday 26th) for the Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics cards.

Is end of the golden age of Netbooks already near?

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blogs.zdnet.com: Netbooks are everywhere. Coffeeshops, libraries — you name it, netbooks are in it. But will the $250 price tag soon be a thing of the past?

Freescale to tip the netbook scale to Linux

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techrepublic.com: A new netbook processor is in town and it promises to tip the scales to favor the Linux operating system. Jack Wallen gives you the scoop on what Freescale is offering and how they can make it better.

Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe

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phoronix.com: While a relatively simple device, web-cameras are still an area on Linux that can be problematic. The level of Linux support for USB web-cameras has improved quite a bit in recent years, and for many devices it is now a plug-and-play experience, but that is not the case for all devices.

ATI Linux Drivers Gain Support For Unreleased RS880

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phoronix.com: AMD's current flagship offering when it comes to integrated ATI graphics is the Radeon HD 3300 / 790GX. As something new for consumers to consider, soon it looks like AMD will be introducing the RS880.

Arduino hardware hacking: Part 1

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tuxradar.com: Arduino is cool. It's cool because it's a tiny device - about three inches by two inches - that comes with a USB port and a programmable chip. It's cool because you can program it using a very simple programming language known as Wiring.

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KDE Leftovers

  • KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Released
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Linux Graphics

EXT4, Btrfs, XFS & NILFS2 HDD File-System Tests On Linux 4.8 (and More Linux Kernel News)

Up until running the tests for today's article, I can't remember the last time I touched a hard drive... It's been many months ago at least. Nearly all of our tests at Phoronix are from solid state storage, but I decided to pick up a new HDD for running some Linux file-system tests on a conventional hard drive for those not having an SSD. Via NewEgg.com I saw a good deal on a refurbished Hitachi Ultrastar HUA72302 "Enterprise" Hard Drive with 2TB of storage, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, Serial ATA 3.0, and backed by HGST with a five-year warranty. For just over $30 USD it was a deal and decided to order it for running some modern Linux HDD file-system tests for curiosity sake. Read more Also: What's Been Going On With CPUFreq & The Scheduler Polychromatic Provides A Nice UI To Razer Keyboards/Mice On Linux