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Freespire 6.0: A Return to GNOME2’s Simpler Linux Days

If you are tired of distro hopping and want a computing platform that works without drama, check out the latest Freespire Linux release. Freespire, a U.S.-based distribution built on Debian/Ubuntu, is a no-nonsense OS that is uncomplicated to install and use. Freespire is released biannually. Develo...

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Makulu’s LinDoz Is a Smooth Windows-Cinnamon Blend

If you want a classy distro with the look and feel of the Microsoft platform, the MakuluLinux LinDoz edition will feed your nostalgia. MakuluLinux developer Jacque Montague Raymer released MakuluLinux 11 LinDoz edition earlier this month after a year and a half in the making. Forked from the Origina...

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From Noobs to Experts: Is There an ABC for Linux Distros?

"To every thing there is a season," as the old saying goes, and "a time to every purpose under the heaven." Can the same be said for Linux distros? That is the question that's been on many Linux bloggers' minds. Specifically, "What Distros Have You Used, in What Order?" was the title of the Ask Slas...

What Xandros Has Up Its Sleeve

Custom Linux provider Xandros will release a free Linux OS called "Freespire 5" during the fourth quarter of 2008. This next version of Freespire will be based on the Debian GNU/Linux "Lenny" release rather than the Ubuntu Linux platform Freespire 4 uses. The move spearheads a new Xandros consolidat...

With Linspire in Its Belly, Xandros Eyes Expansion

Custom Linux provider Xandros announced Wednesday that it has acquired Linspire, developer of the CNR software distribution facility, and the Linspire and Freespire Linux desktop operating systems. Xandros, which also develops Linux desktop and server products along with advanced cross-platform Wind...

Linux on the Desktop: Is the Market Too Tough?

In what surely came as a blow to many Linux aficionados, Red Hat announced Wednesday that it will not develop a desktop implementation of the operating system for the consumer market anytime soon. "We have no plans to create a traditional desktop product for the consumer market in the foreseeable fu...

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Mandriva Won’t Pay Microsoft ‘Protection Money’

As Microsoft's saber-rattling patent infringement claims continue to resound throughout the open source world, Linux distributor Mandriva is the latest player to stand up to Microsoft and draw a line in the sand. Last fall, Microsoft and Novell signed a multi-faceted patent-protection agreement, whi...

Linspire 6.0 Includes Lawsuit Protection

Linspire released its Linspire 6.0 Linux distribution, which contains a mix of open source and proprietary drivers and software and is the first commercial offering from Linspire to provide customers with Microsoft patent covenants. There was only one word missing that could have made the announceme...

Bare-Bones OpenOffice PC in Wal-Mart’s Back-to-School Bin

Wal-Mart is among the retailers now carrying a new $298 PC from Everex featuring OpenOffice productivity software, Everex announced Friday. Billed as a "back-to-school" offering aimed at students, the Everex Impact GC3502 is powered by the energy-efficient 1.5 GHz VIA C7-D processor and comes preloa...

Mandriva CEO: We Will Not ‘Pay Protection Money’

As Microsoft's saber-rattling patent infringement claims continue to resound throughout the open source world, Linux distributor Mandriva is the latest player to stand up to Microsoft and draw a line in the sand. Last fall, Microsoft and Novell signed a multi-faceted patent-protection agreement, whi...

Ubuntu Founder: No Microsoft Deal

Ubuntu will not be joining the list of open source OS and productivity suits recently linked to MS through interoperability deals, said Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth. "We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements,"...

Microsoft Leads Linspire to Its Linux Stable

Linspire has become the latest Linux vendor to sign a deal with Microsoft, the two companies announced Wednesday. The pact promises a closer working relationship between the two software makers. For consumers, it brings greater interoperability and a technical collaboration that also includes intell...

Is OLPC Putting a Band-Aid on a Gaping Wound?

Originally billed as the "$100 laptop," the novel notebooks designed for the One Laptop per Child effort are now going to cost about $140. Quanta Computer, a Chinese company that is building the devices, said it received an order last month for the first million, but it remains unclear which nation ...

Top 3 Linux Distros – No Easy Choice

"Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" The question seemingly has no real answer, and biologists can argue either reply ad nauseam. The computer world has an equally pervasive question that cannot provide a single answer: "What are the top three Linux distributions?" Ask any collection of Linux...

Research In Motion Sues Samsung Over BlackJack Name

Research In Motion is suing hand-held device maker Samsung, claiming the company is causing confusion and diminishing the brand power of RIM's BlackBerry by selling a smartphone known as the BlackJack. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Waterlook, Ontario-...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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