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The Ultimate Distro Showdown: Ubuntu 9.10 vs openSUSE 11.2 vs Mandriva 2010

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linuxforu.com: We laid our hands on all the three biggies—Ubuntu 9.10, Mandriva 2010 and openSUSE 11.2—and pitted them against each other. What followed was the battle of the century, as each distro pulled off one unique trick after another to stay on top of the game.

IP STB runs Linux, supports Netflix downloads

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linuxfordevices.com: Syabas Technology has posted specs for an upcoming IP STB (set-top box) that supports streaming Netflix downloads. The UPnP-ready "Popbox" offers Ethernet, WiFi, Component video, and HDMI connections, runs embedded Linux on a MIPS-based Sigma Designs SMP8643 processor, and will ship in March for only $129.

Does Debian Deviate From Standards Or Upstream?

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pthree.org: Recently, I got into a discussion with a friend of mine. The discussion was about whether or not Debian and Ubuntu have deviated from standard practice regarding Paul Vixie’s cron implementation.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 335

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: A look at MINIX 3
  • Statistics: Page Hit Ranking statistics in 2008 and 2009
  • Questions and answers: Optimizing 64-bit distributions with compiler flags
  • Released last week: Sabayon Linux 5.1 "Gaming", sidux 2009-04, ClearOS 5.1, Super OS 9.10
  • Upcoming releases: Frugalware Linux 1.2 Pre 2, Pardus Linux 2009.1 RC
  • Donations: Krita receives €200.00
  • New additions: MINIX
  • New distributions: ArchServer, COTAS Linux, Dread Moon Linux, LinuxShark, XBMC Live, Ylmf OS
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Benchmarks Of The Gentoo-based Sabayon

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phoronix.com: For those looking to experiment with a Gentoo-based Linux system but are not looking forward to the obstacles of installing Gentoo itself, an easier and quicker approach can be to use a distribution like Sabayon Linux.

Confessions of a Distro Hopper

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linux.com: Hi. My name is Robin, and I'm a Linux distro-hop-aholic (pause for the "Hi Robin"). But I'm doing better lately. It's been two whole months since I've hopped!

Freescale introduces sub-$200 web tablet reference design

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liliputing.com: Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a new reference design for a dirt cheap web tablet using an ARM Cortex A8-based processor and running Linux or Google Android.

Linux is the perfect choice for many people

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linux.bihlman.com: Leave a 10 year old alone for an hour by himself on the family PC and I will say with almost 100% certainty that their will be spyware and viruses on that computer! Besides the obvious danger involved in letting kids surf the web without proper filters, the great chance of them clicking on those fancy “animated cursor ads”, or any of a vast number of fancy Flash attention grabbers will absolutely fill your Windows PC with security threats.

What Will It Take For Linux And Open Source To Dethrone Microsoft?

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systemsengineer.wordpress: Will this be the year of Desktop Linux? I really doubt that. I think it will take a few corporate success stories about deploying Linux desktops to get the ball rolling. Let’s face it, most IT managers prefer to make safe decisions.

Re: is Foresight Linux dead?

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ogmaciel.com: On his latest post titled “Foresight Linux is dead?“, Thilo Pfennigs rightly asks the question that many of the current Foresight Linux users may be asking themselves. With the current stable release dated as of May 2009 and no explicit roadmap stating when the next release will be published, is it really safe to say that Foresight Linux is indeed dead?

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