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Intel DN2800MT CedarView Atom mini-ITX board power draw testing with Linux and Windows 7

Has single digit power consumption arrived?

In this review we concentrate on the interesting promise of reduced power consumption of the latest generation CedarView Atom by testing power draw of the Intel DN2800MT mini-ITX motherboard, which features a CedarView dual-core Atom N2800. We have done a series of comparative power consumption tests with various Linux distros (and used Windows 7 as reference).

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Intel Pineview Atom based Motherboards
Complete Overview

low cost meets low power consumption and small form factor

Intel's new Pineview Atom integrates the GPU and the memory controller into the cpu chip, thereby noticeably reducing power draw and heat. This brings quiet passively cooled computing into the mainstream and provides a great platform for small Linux based internet PCs, home NAS file servers or internet gateways/firewalls.
Here is an overview of all Pineview Atom based Motherboards that have been announced or released so far, with full specifications and descriptions.

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Best Reliable Long-term Data Storage Media

how to preserve your digital photos, family videos, music files and documents for your children and grandchildren

Everything you need to know about how to archive your digital photos, video recordings and other personal files safely, for the long-term. This article gives you a complete overview of available storage media with advantages and disadvantages of each and clear recommendations of what to use.

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XBMC Media Center rpm for Mandriva Linux 2010.0

XBMC, the popular open-source Media Center software is now available for Mandriva Linux 2010.0! XBMC transforms your PC connected to a TV into a home entertainment system, to watch movies, photo slideshows and listen to music all controlled via a remote control.

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Popcorn Hour C-200 Media Player Ready to Ship

long-awaited Linux based media player device with Blu-ray support and much more

Popcorn Hour C-200
The Popcorn Hour C-200, the latest 'Networked Media Tank' device from Syabas (the makers of the popular A-100 and A-110) is finally ready. Online orders directly from Popcorn Hour can be placed starting from tomorrow (27th August 2009 12:00AM PST) and shipping is supposed to start on September 3rd.

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Five Best Linux HTPC Motherboards

build your own Linux home theater PC with any of these boards

Are you planning to build a Linux HTPC front-end or a stand-alone Linux HTPC, but are you unsure which motherboards would be best suited? Well look no further, we have put together a list of five great motherboards that in our opinion would all make a solid basis for a great Linux HTPC.

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Available Nvidia ION based products overview

Nvidia ION motherboards, PCs, nettops, netbooks, all-in-ones

Combining the low power consumption of the Atom with the powerful graphical capabilities of the ION results in low power, low cost, small form factor PC solutions that are powerful enough for playback of 1080p video content and therefore ideal for a small, silent, Linux HTPC front-end.
There haven been many ION based products announced in the last few months by several manufacturers. Here you can find an overview of ION based products that are already available to buy, with a short summary of their features and specs.

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Linux Laptops Bestsellers in Germany

two Linux laptops in the bestsellers top ten, both outselling Apple

A look at the current Amazon Germany laptop bestsellers list will be a nice surprise for any desktop Linux advocate and possibly a worry for Microsoft and Apple sales executives. At the time of writing there are two laptops with pre-installed Linux in the top ten bestsellers, both in front of the first best selling Apple Laptop.

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Bargain Acer Extensa 15" Linux Notebook Released

Acer Extensa 5235 get a proper Notebook for the price of a Netbook

It seems that current economic hard times are really favouring the adoption of Linux as a pre-installed OS by mainstream PC vendors.
Acer has just released a new Notebook model with pre-installed Linux for a low price that is more typical of an average Netbook.

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Handbrake RPMs for Mandriva 2008.1 / 2009.1 / 2010.0

brand new 0.9.4 release for Mandriva 2010.0 available

Handbrake is a great open-source, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder with a CLI and a GTK GUI interface. It can transcode from DVDs and many other types of video to H.264 (x264), Mpeg4 (ffmpeg) and Theora. It now also includes support for DTS pass-through and multiple subtitle tracks.

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Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (2009.1) is out

Is it even better than Ubuntu 9.04 jaunty? Try and decide for yourself!

Mandriva released today the latest version of it's popular Linux distribution, Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring. We provide you with a full overview of all different versions available...

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OGMRip 0.12.3 rpms for Mandriva Linux 2008.1

OGMRip is an application with GUI and a set of libraries for transcoding DVD into AVI, OGM, MP4, or MKV files using a wide variety of codecs...

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Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC2 is out

second release candidate available for testing

Mandriva announced today that the second release candidate of the upcoming 2009 Spring release (2009.1) of Mandriva Linux is now available to download...

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Qtractor 0.4.0 rpm for Mandriva Linux 2008.1 / 2009.0

Qtractor screenshot
Qtractor is a fairly young but very promising and already very useable Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written by Rui Nuno Capela.
The 0.4.0 version was just released in March 2009 and is now available here readily packaged up for you, to enjoy on your Mandriva Linux 2008.1 / 2009.0 system...

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JACK Audio Connection Kit 0.116.2 for Mandriva Linux 2008.1

Jackit is a system for handling real-time, low latency audio and MIDI. It can connect a number of different applications to one or more audio and/or MIDI devices, as well as allowing them to share audio and MIDI between themselves...

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Rosegarden 1.7.3 rpm for Mandriva Linux 2008.1

Rosegarden is probably the most popular audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment for Linux.
The version of Rosegarden officially available for Mandriva Linux 2008.1 is the rather old 1.6.1, therefore I have packaged up the current version of Rosegarden...

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PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Final has been Released

a modern Mandriva derived KDE 3.5.10 Live CD desktop Linux distro

"This release features kernel, KDE 3.5.10, Open Office 3.0, Firefox 3.0.7, Thunderbird, Ktorrent, Frostwire, Amarok, Flash, Java JRE, Compiz-Fusion 3D and much more..."

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As Google goes 'big brother', here is an interesting alternative: meta search engine

defend your privacy, while still getting good search results search screen While Google has just announced in it's official blog, that they are working hard to make ads more interesting, not everyone will be happy to discover that this means that Google will be tracking your web surfing habits in more and more detail to achieve that.
So what are the alternatives? Yahoo and MSN search engines have been doing this already too, and frankly in my personal experience the quality of their search results is not as good as Google's...

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Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1 is out

download it and start testing it now

Mandriva announced earlier today that the release candidate 1 of the upcoming 2009 Spring release of Mandriva (the final is due to be released on the 29th of April) is available to download now...

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Linux Disk encryption in 2 easy steps

encrypted data How to create an encrypted memory stick, USB disk, or partition with Linux

With these two easy steps described in this article, you will be able to quickly create a newly initialized encrypted partition on any block device (e.g. memory stick, memory card, USB disk, internal hard disk partition, DVD-RAM disk, etc.).

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Funkwerk bintec S208

Review: Funkwerk bintec S208

8 Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Recently I decided that I wanted to replace my old 10/100Mbit Netgear FS-308 switch with a Gigabit ethernet switch, as data volumes on my home network have increased and most connected devices now have Gigabit ethernet ports...

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Testing computer memory for defects with memtest86+

computer memory Hardware Diagnostics - Part 1

Computer memory (RAM) is generally very reliable, as long as you don't abuse it (extreme overclocking, over-voltaging, overheating, static discharges or physical abuse), it will likely last decades.
There are a few situations though, when you really should test the memory of your computer, to make sure it's working reliably...

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libdvdcss 1.2.10 rpms for Mandriva Linux 2008.1

libdvdcss is a library which facilitates read access (watching) of Video DVDs under Linux, it's also needed by Handbrake to read DVDs...

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