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Six Best Portable Operating Systems

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lifehacker.com: Why restrict yourself to merely carrying around your data on a thumb drive? Take your entire operating system on your flash drive.

Antique Linux on an Antique PC

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crashedpips.co.uk: Lying about somewhere in my loft, I uncovered a Targa TS30AS laptop, from sometime in the early to mid 1990s. It fell well within the system requirements for version 1.1 buzz of Debian GNU/Linux.

Zen For Ubuntu Users

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zenlife.comze.com: I am reading a lot of posts where new users are completely discourages by the seemingly over-complexity of Linux. They have the Windows background and they use Linux like it was Windows. The learning curve in Linux can be steep.

Linux Store Open for Business: A Fantastic Voyage

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daniweb.com: I saw a netbook at a discount chain store the other day that I want. It's an Acer Aspire One. It has 1GB RAM and a 160GB Hard Drive for $296. Awesome deal. The problem, at least for me, is that it comes standard with some whittled down version of Windows XP.

Moblin Linux - Test drive the future

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dedoimedo.com: Thinking globally, I decided to test Moblin, a Linux optimized for the next generation of mobile devices. Alongside Windows Embedded, Google Android and iPhone, Moblin is a strong candidate for low-power machines that are going to flood the market in the coming years.

When did you first use Linux?

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blogs.computerworld.com: At the recent Linux Foundation Summit in San Francisco, several people were asked when they started with Linux, which lead me to the same question. First, though, I watched the Linux Foundation's video of their answers. Boy, do I feel old now.

IDC: Linux spending set to boom by 21 percent in 2009

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cnet.com: Most vendors are already preparing for a tough Christmas. Those selling Linux-based solutions, however, can expect to spread plenty of holiday cheer, according to a new report from IDC.

I’m guilty of getting XP netbooks, but I run Linux

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blogs.the451group: Back when I looked for and found, despite difficulty, the perfect Linux netbook for my wife, we were thrilled to open a box that was the first pre-installed Linux machine we ever purchased.

Combining Debian and FreeBSD; Pushing the Envelope of FOSS

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linux-mag.com: The Debian project made a splash on Sunday with the announcement that two new “architectures” had been added to the Debian FTP archive. So what exactly does that mean?

Living Without Windows: An Introduction to Linux

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raiden.net: Let me introduce you to Linux. A free Operating System that can replace Windows for a very good fee. FREE. Yes you heard me...FREE, NADA, ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH! What is the catch? Well you may have to give up a few things like native gaming but even that is a minor point.

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What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux

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