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Samung NC10 Netbook

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Hardware It seems that each and every week there are new netbooks that are introduced, but there are not many differences between most models. However, one of the latest companies to join the netbook bandwagon here in the United States has been Samsung with the introduction of the NC10. Is there anything special about it?

Also: My First Netbook Experience

Blackberry tethering (and more) on Linux

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This article explains how to tether a Blackberry phone - use it as a modem, via a USB cable - in Linux, covering Mandriva, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora. It also mentions some other things that the Barry project lets you do with your Blackberry.

Sylvania Netbook With Ubuntu: A Good Mix

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Ubuntu Sylvania's G Netbook Meso offers a nice-looking screen and plenty of ports -- you get three USBs as well as a VGA. The available Ubuntu Netbook Remix OS will give you the option to effortless switch between two GUI styles.

AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

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Hardware Last quarter AMD introduced their "Shanghai" Opteron processors that join the ranks of Intel's Harpertown Xeon CPUs that are 45nm quad-core server/workstation parts. Initial reviews of these new AMD Opteron processors have been very positive, but how do these chips perform with Linux?

Linux Netbooks: What's on the Menu?

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Hardware Linux and netbooks seem to be a well-met pair. Lightweight Linux distros sit comfortably on the shoulders of the mini laptops' compact hardware. Plenty of computer makers are offering models with pre-installed Linux. Here's a snapshot of what's out there.

Acer Aspire One and Fedora 10

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Hardware This past holiday season Netbook computers were a leading seller for Amazon, and thanks to my dear wife I was a lucky recipients of one of those sales. From my own preferences there was just one issue I had to correct…it was running Windows.

Linux Solid-State Drive Benchmarks

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Hardware How though does the real-world performance differ between hard disk drives and solid-state drives on Linux? We have run several tests atop Ubuntu on a Samsung netbook with a HDD and SSD.

Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7″ Linux Ultralite Notebook

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Hardware There’s a new little netbook or ultralite notebook floating around out there. This new little netbook is linux based, it’s small, portable, inexpensive and lightweight, sure it’s not going to run Crysis, but if you’re looking for something to play around with then this just might fit the bill.

Graphics shuffle

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Hardware On Christmas Eve, a special present arrived from UPS: the HIS Radeon X1950 Pro I purchased on eBay. For the week prior to Christmas I removed the discrete nVidia 7600GT and ran off the integrated nVidia Geforce 8200 chip in my motherboard. Utter pain!

EMTEC to bring 10-inch Gdium netbook stateside

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  • EMTEC to bring 10-inch Gdium netbook stateside

  • Netbooks: Psion vs. Intel, Round Two
  • Netbooks Aren't Bad, Just Misunderstood
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Games for GNU/Linux

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    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

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