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The 2011 Linux Distro Scorecard

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linux.com: Picking a Linux distribution isn't always easy. It's one of the most common hurdles for new and aspiring Linux users. In last year's scorecard, we started with seven distros — this year, we've narrowed the field to six distributions.

Red Hat Reports First Quarter Results

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marketwatch.com: Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for its fiscal year 2012 first quarter ended May 31, 2011.

The Linux Kernel Power Problems On Older Desktop Hardware

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phoronix.com: As mentioned last week, a plethora of Linux power tests are on the way now that we have found an AC power meter with USB interface that works under Linux and we've been able to integrate nicely into the Phoronix Test Suite and its sensor monitoring framework. In this article is one of the first tests that have been completed using this power-measuring device as we monitored the Linux kernel power consumption for an old Intel Pentium 4 and ATI Radeon 9200 system for the past several kernel releases.

A no-OS-computer? You must be a pirate!

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: After reading this piece about a Linux keyboard PC , I got excited. I checked the vendor's page and, sure enough, there was a "NO OS" option. A day later, I received it and, with it, there came a surprise. They had included Windows 7 Professional 32 bits and were charging me for it!

Linux is speed and power

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  • Linux is speed and power
  • The Best & Fastest Computers are Linux Computers

Kernel Log: Coming in 3.0 (Part 2) - Filesystems

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h-online.com: The kernel hackers have optimised the Btrfs code and extended it to include new functions; a substantially improved tool for testing the experimental filesystem is soon to be released. Ext4 now supports the "punch hole" technology for deallocating unused memory areas within a file.

Fedora 15 rocks on ThinkPad

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paul.frields.org: On Friday my new Lenovo ThinkPad x220 arrived and of course in the evening after I finished work, I was jonesing to put Fedora 15 on it.

Oh no 3.0

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awhitcroft.blogspot: After much discussion we decided we bite the bullet and upload a 3.0 kernel. Once successfully uploaded the problem applications started to crawl out of the woodwork:

Why Can’t Free, Open Source Linux Beat Windows?

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geekwithlaptop.com: There are no major differences between Linux and Windows in terms of functionality. Linux can perform 99% of the tasks Windows is capable to carry out, but why is Windows more popular than Linux?

Specialized Linux Distributions - AV Linux 5.0

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zdnet.co.uk: I always keep an eye out for interesting and different Linux distributions. There are quite a few which are very specialized, either for a particular purpose or application, or for particular kinds of hardware. One of those which caught my eye recently was AV Linux.

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    Three years ago, when a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client, Google would bring them to the appropriate download page, which of course, is based off of the operating system that user is running on. If a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client while running on Linux, they’d land on a page where the message reads: “Not (yet) supported for Linux.” So, what’s the deal with Google not developing a sync client for Linux users, seeing as to how they build a lot of their things using Linux? There’s one simple answer to that, unfortunately. Windows is mainstream, so a lot of their focus is put on what a majority of people use. The bigger the market, the more money in their pockets, of course. But don’t fear, change is near!

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