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$5m Google fine over Linux patent suit as clouds gather around Android momentum

$5m Google fine over Linux patent suit as clouds gather around Android momentum

Google has become the first victim of a Linux patent infringement case, fined $5m by a Texas court and facing potential legal repercussions that could significantly impact Android development. The suit, filed by Bedrock Computer Technologies, alleged Google - as well as various other big-name companies, including Amazon, Softlayer, PayPal, AOL and Yahoo! - had infringed a patent covering "methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data."

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What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

Have you heard of Ubuntu? Of course you have. It's the top Linux distribution worldwide. Ubuntu is the first project that made it easy for regular users to really run Linux on the desktop. Ubuntu uses GNOME as it's preferred desktop solution. GNOME is a desktop environment package that allows a single software package to take care of just about everything your GUI hands could ever desire. The GNOME Project recently announced a major version overhaul. This is like the Linux equivalent of a jump from XP to Windows 7.

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Hercules launches new 10-inch Linux and A8 eCafe netbooks

Hercules launches new 10-inch Linux and A8 eCafe netbooks

The netbook was flying high in the darkest days of the recession over the last few years as consumers that needed or wanted a new computer flocked to the cheap machines rather than full on notebooks. As the economy improved, the market moved back to notebooks that are more powerful and with the advent of the tablet, many that would have bought a netbook opted for a tablet like the iPad instead.

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Netflix and Linux Don’t Play Well Together

Netflix and Linux Don’t Play Well Together

I just signed up for Netflix for the first time. I know, I'm way past the freshmeat boat on that one, but I never wanted it for anything until last week. Much to my chagrin, I went to instant-play and found that Linux wasn't a supported operating system. Most of the time these days, when a website says such a thing it's not really that big of a deal. There's often some kind of "do it anyway" link to click on. After spending a couple of minutes looking for such an option, I didn't find it. I turned to the interweb to see if anyone else had run into this issue and to see if there were some workarounds available. I started doing a little digging and found out about this sordid story involving Microsoft's Silverlight, Novell's open source Moonlight, and Digital Rights Management.

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Mozilla introduces Firefox 4 with new streamlined design

Mozilla introduces Firefox 4 with new streamlined design

Mozilla has released Firefox 4, and it's got a new streamlined designs with some pretty slick features. The new version of the popular open source browser is available for all Windows, OSX and Linux platforms in more than 80 languages. It will also be coming to Android smartphones in the near future. Let's take a look at some of the design changes and new features ...

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Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry in Dead Heat for Most Desirable Smartphone of the Month

Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry in Dead Heat for Most Desirable Smartphone of the Month

Of course, the month we're talking about here is October of 2010, but this sort of data takes time to compile, ye know, and The Nielson Company've done quite a job doing so. According to this study done by the folks at NC, the smartphone market now covers about 27.7% of the whole pie, the pie being the Total Market Share for phones in the USA. Of that smartphone percentage, three competitors stand out the strongest and are surprisingly close in their race for dominance: RIM BlackBerry OS with 27.4%, Google Android OS with 22.7%, and Apple iPhone OS with 27.9%. After that it goes Microsoft Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Linux, and Palm OS, with 14, 3.4, 3.3, and 1.3% respectively. After that, desire sets in, and the numbers get real interesting.

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Handmade Steampunk PC with Windows 7 Home Premium or Linux Ubuntu

Handmade Steampunk PC with Windows 7 Home Premium or Linux Ubuntu

As if the fact that they've considered more than one operating system weren't enough, this fantastic device is for sale on Etsy. For just $1,099 you too can own a Victorian era PC with Athlon 64 Dual Core 4400+ CPU, 160GB Hitachi SATA Hard Drive, upgradeable Gigabyte AM3 motherboard, LG 22X "Super-Multi" DVD +- RW, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Skeleton clock and Power/HDD LED lights behind the port glass window for your pure enjoyment.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 30 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 30 2010

You sassafrass you, NOOKcolor! Last night we spoke about how NOOKcolor had been rooted and presented to you the final chapter in our "A Week With" reviews of that device, but what's this?! I snuck another one in on ya! A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future. Then there's news about how NOOKcolor saved B&N's butt financially this year, and the iPad responds with a magazine - it's got TRON on it! Maybe not a direct response, and I know it's released by Richard Branson, but, you know, but I don't think iPad is worried about the B&N competition. Then we've got some Farmville news and some NASA news about what might be aliens - this expressing the range of information we present here at the R3 Media Network. ALL THIS AND MORE on the SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!

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Linutop 3 fanless Atom-powered PC surfaces

Linutop 3 fanless Atom-powered PC surfaces

If you like some open source sauce to go with your computing experience you may be familiar with the Linutop line of computers. The Linutop 2 ran and AMD Geode processor and is a crazy tiny little machine. The company has announced the latest version of the Linutop PC dubbed the Linutop 3. This time around the machine gets a bit larger, but gets Intel Atom power.

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