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Best Buy’s $20 Ubuntu: Good or Bad for Linux?

Well, every once in a while something slips by the notice of even the best journalistic organization, and such appears to have been the case on a broad scale recently regarding the sale of a certain software package on the shelves of Best Buy. Fortunately, the Linux blogosphere is always on duty, wh...

Private Cloud May Be the Best Bet: Report

News flash: Private cloud economics can offer more cost efficiency than public cloud pricing structures. Private, or on-premises, cloud solutions can be more cost-effective than public cloud options, according to a report by 451 Research and Canonical. That conclusion counters the notion that public...

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Black Lab Linux Is GNOME 3’s Best Friend

Black Lab Linux is a general purpose free distribution for home users and SMBs. This particular segment of the Linux OS tries to bridge free OS and preconfigured commercial hardware/software with a flexible set of options. Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro released in 2008 b...

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Google Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona: Best of Both Worlds

In 1996, two Stanford University students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, created a unique search engine called "BackRub" that ran on the school's server. After one year, BackRub's bandwidth outgrew the university's needs. Its creators rebranded BackRub into Google, a respelled reference to "googol." I...

Google and Moto: The Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

Google's recent plan to buy Motorola Mobility has the potential for reshaping the entire Android landscape. If it wins regulatory approval for the purchase, Google may only have a short time span to connect its marketing strategy. When and if this happens, it could further fracture the open source A...

What Does a Linux Support Contract Buy?

Though it's struggled when it comes to kicking in doors in the consumer market, Linux has clearly found a welcome home in the enterprise, and it appears to be making itself more comfortable with each passing day. "It's the fastest-growing server-side operating system of any of them that are out ther...

Making Money With Open Source, Part 1: Turning Users Into Buyers

2007 was an eventful year for the commercial open source industry. We have seen many new entrants, and now there are hundreds of viable companies that are based on open source, filling nearly every segment of the software market. We have seen significant exit events from companies such as XenSource ...

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Newegg, Norma and the Case of the Squealing Linux PC

With all the recurring debates and "year of" discussions here in the Linux blogosphere, it's hard not to suffer frequent pangs of deja vu even on the best of days. Last week, however, was not the best of weeks, at least not for one Linux user by the name of Norma, who had an experience eerily remini...

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On Pi, Paper Penguins and FOSS’ Regal Potential

It's been a relatively quiet few days on the Linux blogs, and it seems safe to assume that at least part of that lull is due to the mind-numbing cold affecting many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere. The jollidays are at least behind us once more, but now there's the prospect of day after day of...

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Install Linux, Void Your Netbook’s Warranty?

Best Buy has never been a favorite company among Linux fans, and that feeling was not improved by the Microsoft ExpertZone training scandal that erupted last September. A whole new crop of reasons to hurl insults at the chain came up in recent weeks, however, following news of one blogger's experie...

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Lenovo Duet: Chrome OS Shines on Innovative 2-in-1

Lenovo introduced innovations that push the limits of Chrome OS-powered tablets with a new 2-in-1 form factor in the IdeaPad Chromebook Duet. This new device mimics Microsoft's Surface Pro line, using the Chrome OS instead of Microsoft Windows. It redefines what the Chrome OS can do on a convertible...

Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand

Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual rea...

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Mac and Back Again

There's no denying that those of us here in the Linux community see our fair share of ups and downs in any given week or month, as events unfold that either advance or set back our favorite operating system. Sometimes, though, it's difficult not to be amazed by the way things often balance out "Even...

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Fedora Project’s Robyn Bergeron: The Linux Desktop Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

The Fedora Project is perhaps one of the hallmark Linux distributions. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, the commercial developer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Red Hat's investment in the Fedora community is collaborative. As such, Fedora Linux releases often provide RHEL developers with a field...

HP’s Mobile Revival May Include Android

HP is reportedly working on a series of Android devices, the first of which could be a high-end tablet powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. The move is a sensitive one for HP, which tried to crack the mobile market in 2010 by purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion, but saw that investment go down the dr...

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Tablets: Scratching the Surface, Needing the Nexus 7

Well it was a news-filled week last week, what with Google I/O going on, and the buzz about all the announcements made there still hasn't died down. Tongues have been wagging here in the Linux blogosphere as well, but one little tidbit has drawn particular attention. That's the Android-powered Ne...

Is Fragmentation Breaking the Android Dev’s Will?

Developers are losing interest in creating apps for Android because of the continued fragmentation of the operating system, according to a survey conducted jointly by Appcelerator and IDC between January and February. Its results show that interest in Android phone app development fell by nearly fiv...

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How Do We Love Linux? Counting the Many Ways

Well, it's been a tempestuous few weeks here in the Linux blogosphere, and our favorite operating system has been buffeted about by the fickle winds even more than usual. Among the highlights, of course, was HP's debut last week of multiple devices running webOS and -- even more importantly -- its a...

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The Next New Year of Linux on the Desktop: 2011?

Those of us who have been part of the FOSS community for more than, oh, say 10 minutes, are no doubt already familiar with the recurring "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate. It's a topic that comes up again and again in the Linux blogosphere. The question -- or questions, really -- center on whet...

Google Dishes Up Nexus S on Warm Gingerbread

Google released Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, on Monday -- a new version of its open source mobile platform. Gingerbread made its debut on the Samsung Nexus S smartphone. The new platform comes with enhancements such as a more refined touchscreen keyboard for faster typing and greater accuracy. There...

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