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    Ubuntu breaks from the Linux pack

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Ubuntu 11.04 (nicknamed Natty Narwhal) marks a decided change in direction for the Linux-based operating system. The biggest change is that Canonical, the organizer of Ubuntu, is replacing the Gnome/KDE desktop environment with a new user interface called Unity.
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    Ubuntu 11.04: Is Natty Narwhal the best Linux desktop ever?

    Posted May 5, 2011 - 8:29 am

    With its new Unity interface, Ubuntu 11.04 doesn't look or act like any other desktop Linux you've ever seen. It's not just a new take on the desktop, it's a new take on the interface for all devices.
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    Seven free security tools for Linux

    Posted April 12, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    One of the big advantages of using Linux is that its security tends to be so much better than that of the competing alternatives. That's due in large part to the way Linux assigns permissions, but it's also certainly true that the open source operating system is targeted by malware writers far less frequently than Windows is, in particular, simply because it's less widely used and so much more diverse.
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    Universal USB installer

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    "Live" distributions of Linux offer a wonderful convenience for those not quite ready to commit to the open-source operating system. By booting Linux directly from a CD (which you burn from a downloaded .iso file), you can try it out without first installing it onto your hard drive. But live Linux CDs have their problems. Optical media is slow. It's also read-only, limiting your ability to configure the operating system. Finally, many of today's netbooks and ultraportable laptops don't have an optical drive. The Universal USB Installer (free) offers a simple and elegant solution to those problems.
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    OpenSUSE 11.4: A blast from Linux past

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    OpenSUSE is back with a new, improved version, but it reminds me of how spoiled I've been by other Linux distributions. I've liked openSUSE since before it was named openSUSE and went by the unlikely name S.u.S.E Linux 4.2 back in 1996. It's come a long, long way since then.
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    Image gallery: OpenSUSE 11.4

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    This image gallery accompanies the ITworld review of OpenSUSE 11.4.
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    CrunchBang Linux

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    A lot of modern Linux distributions created with desktop users in mind go out of their way to be user friendly. Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE, Fedora -- and many more. It is a sign of how desktop Linux has matured that even non-techy types can get a fully featured and easy-to-use open source operating system up and running in not much time at all. The creators of CrunchBang Linux, however, haven't quite gone in the same direction.
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    Red Hat builds gutsy, green virtualization machine

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Three years in the making, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( RHEL) 6 is a gutsy, green upgrade that features native support for KVM, the Linux kernel-based virtual machine.
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    RHEL 6 is built, and priced, for big shops

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 9:38 am

    Latest iteration of Red Hat's iconic Linux distribution offers some shops a substantial upgrade and, for others, a fork in the road
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    ITworld review: Arch Linux for Linux fundamentalists

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Are you a Linux user who likes to set things up 'just so,' but don't want to build it from source code? Then Arch Linux is for you.
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    ITworld review: Fedora 14 is leading-edge Linux

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    If you want to live right on the cutting edge of what Linux can do, then Fedora is the Linux distribution for you.
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    Image Gallery: Dropbox

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    No matter your platform, with Dropbox and an Internet connection you can get to your files.
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    ITworld Review: Dropbox on Linux

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Dropbox, a popular cloud service, lets you store, sync, and share files over the Internet.
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    ITworld review: Ubuntu 10.10 scores close to a ten

    Posted October 1, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Ubuntu 10.10 (a.k.a. Maverick Meerkat), the latest Ubuntu Linux distribution, isn't quite a perfect ten as its heads towards release, but it's pretty darn close.
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    Jolicloud 1.0, a Linux distro in progress

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Jolicloud 1.0 is a new edition of Linux aimed at non-technical netbook users, described this way by its makers: "[It] is not a traditional OS. It was built for netbook users to leverage the Cloud and make their life easier." Think of it as a variant on the Google ChromeOS approach: This Internet operating system, as the company calls it, is little more than a Web browser plus a few other supporting technologies.
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    Review: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1

    Posted June 11, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Novell announced their first service pack release for SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES), and if you like virtualization, this is a very strong platform from which you can get started.
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta may be missing opportunity

    Posted June 1, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    The beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features abound, but if you want any stack besides LAMP, it's pure do-it-yourself.
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    Review: Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    If you're building an internal or private cloud, Canonical wants you to use Ubuntu Linux 10.04 as your operating system of choice. To that end, the newest version of Ubuntu includes a feature set called Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. In keeping with its open source pedigree, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is integrated with the open source Eucalyptus private cloud platform, making it possible to create a private cloud with much less configuration than installing Linux first, then Eucalyptus.

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    Fedora 13 gives off plain vibe, but offers power and stability under the hood

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    The differences between Linux distributions these days are often so minute, there seems little reason to even review them anymore. That's not fair to the developers of the Fedora Project, who have put together a darn fine distribution that reads as rock-solid and very user-friendly.
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    An In-depth Look at Gentoo Linux

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Imagine an Operating System that only includes the features that you actually want and use. An Operating System that is finely tuned to your computer hardware. One that doesn't include any resource hogging applications that you don't need such as "Desktop Search" or huge bloated software such as modern music players.
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    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS adds new tools

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    Canonical has high hopes for its latest release: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support). Also known as Lucid Lynx, this new version is the one that, from many indications, the company hopes will take Ubuntu from being a fan favorite to a commercial success. Based on my first look at the release candidate, Canonical's hopes may be realized.
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    Hulu Desktop for Linux Review

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    Hulu is one of the most popular video sites on the web. You can watch all kinds of different television shows and movies right in your browser. But there’s also another way to watch Hulu and that’s to download the Hulu Desktop application for Linux.
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    OpenSolaris 2009.06 Review

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Occasionally I get an interesting, off-the-beaten-path suggestion on the Request A Review page. This time around somebody suggested doing a review of OpenSolaris. Why do a review of OpenSolaris? Well why the heck not?
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    Linux Mint 8 KDE (Helena) Review

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 4:58 pm

    I’ve been somewhat tardy in getting to the KDE version of Linux Mint 8. But I’ve finally been able to sit down with it and thus couldn’t resist writing a review. As great as the GNOME version of Linux Mint is, it simply isn’t for everybody.
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    SUSE Studio is powerful OS instance builder

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 9:27 am

    We first saw SUSE Studio in beta at VMWorld in 2008, a skunkworks tool for building SUSE instances. It’s come a long way since then.
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