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Review: Dell Linux laptop

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mirabilis.ca: This is a review of my new Dell Linux laptop, an Inspiron 1525. I am not a Windows user, and I’m tired of paying for Windows when I buy a new computer.

NSW considers giving students Linux laptops

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australianit.news.com: NSW secondary school students could be issued with $56 million worth of Linux-based laptops as part of Kevin Rudd's digital education revolution.

ECS A790GXM-A Black Series

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phoronix.com: AMD has introduced their 790GX Chipset with Radeon HD 3300 graphics and SB750 Southbridge. Elitegroup Computer Systems has introduced a new motherboard that relies upon these newest chips. The ECS A790GXM-A Black Series is this newest product and today we are looking at this motherboard at Phoronix.

AMD's MultiView On Linux

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phoronix.com: Introduced in the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver and further stabilized within Catalyst 8.9 was AMD's MultiView technology. MultiView makes it possible to use multiple GPUs on the same system not for Linux CrossFire but for driving multiple display heads. Using MultiView on Linux you can easily drive four, six, or even eight screens.

Netbooks will boost adoption of Linux, says Novell CTO

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SUSE

thestandard.com: A surge in demand for netbooks is helping drive business for Linux, as the devices are designed to be low-cost with smaller storage, according to Novell's chief technology and strategy officer for Linux.

Windows XP takes on Linux in the netbook market

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guardian.co.uk: Shen -- who is keen on Linux -- said Asus had hoped sales of Eee PCs would be 50:50 between XP and Linux, but actually they were 60:40 in XP's favour.

NPX-9000 UMPC is inexpensive but underpowered

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linux.com: The wave of cheap netbooks, mini laptops, or ultra-mobile PCs has crested with the cheapest yet, the NPX-9000 from Carapelli. Though it was announced in July with great fanfare at a price of £65 (or $110), it has yet to appear on the vendor's Web site. But we got our hands on one of the first units to escape from the factory and put it through its paces.

AMD Walks Away From Manufacturing

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  • AMD spins off plants into venture with Abu Dhabi

  • AMD Splits, Launches The Foundry Company
  • AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
  • AMD: Keeping Competition Alive

Bad marketing undermines Linux netbooks

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tectonic.co.za: Over the past couple of days the online media has been full of stories of dissatisfied Linux netbook users returning their computers. Bloggers and journalists quickly picked up on the fact that return rates for Linux-based netbooks were apparently much higher than for Windows.

Review: Shuttle KPC K-4800

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reviews.cnet.com: We liked Shuttle's original low-cost Linux desktop, but even though the KPC K-4800 adds a DVD drive and a few other upgrades, the price increase takes a toll on its overall value. Regardless of their operating system, too many Windows PCs give you more hardware for the money.

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