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Linux Makes the Grade in California Schools

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linux.com: A few growing pains aside, a Linux deployment in a Santa Rosa, CA elementary school district is maturing robustly, letting teachers and students stand apart from their previous dependence on Microsoft Windows while they try on new open software attitudes.

Windows 7 vs. Linux: Beyond Thunderdome

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Microsoft

pcworld.com: "Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Bartertown learned. Now, when OSes get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two OSes enter; one OS leaves."

More powerful Python testing techniques

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Python testing reporting features that let testing support more and more powerful techniques

Resellers to trial Red Hat Enterprise Linux V5.3

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crn.com.au: HP has partnered with Red Hat to develop a solution for RISC Migration projects. The solution offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on HP BladeSystems.

GNU Linux - Pros & Cons

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gauravlive.com: As with all things, GNU Linux too has pros & cons. Here I will try to give you a rough idea of both the sides of GNU Linux, so you can decide whether to take the plunge.

25 Sites about Fedora You Can’t Miss

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Web

2indya.com: Fedora is an open-source community developed operating system and there are many sites that provide help and support and other solutions for using it. Here is a compilation of 25.

Slackware and Zenwalk

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linux-blog.org: I’ve been distro shopping lately. I had become complacent while working with PCLinuxOS because everything just works when using it. After some initial toolings in Arch and Gentoo, I settled on Slackware…

Don't Get Me Wrong, Linux Sucks as Much as Windows

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linuxtoday.com/blog: here is the latest hot trend in anti-Linux baloney: supposed Linux fans and advocates who really really love Linux and have been using it for years, but can't recommend it for anyone else because "It's not ready."

Intel buys Wind River to push Linux

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itworld.com: Intel's acquisition of Wind River on Thursday is a strong push by the chip maker to extend Linux support across devices that use its processors, analysts said.

Review: Acer Aspire One D150

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Hardware
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