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Is VDPAU Support Coming in the Adobe Flash Plugin?

analyzing the latest Adobe Flash Player "Square" preview release seems to indicate it

One of the developers of the well known open source XBMC media center software indicated that the Linux version of the latest Adobe Flash Player preview release appears to include support for the Broadcom Crystal HD video decoder chips. This inspired us to analyse the Linux Flash plugin binary a bit more.

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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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Linux Laptops Bestsellers in Germany

two Linux laptops in the Amazon.de 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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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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PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Final has been Released

a modern Mandriva derived KDE 3.5.10 Live CD desktop Linux distro

PCLinuxOS screenshot
PCLinuxOS 2009.1 desktop - click to see full size
Quoting from the PCLinuxOS announcement:
"This release features kernel 2.6.26.8.tex3, KDE 3.5.10, Open Office 3.0, Firefox 3.0.7, Thunderbird 2.0.0.14, Ktorrent, Frostwire, Amarok, Flash, Java JRE, Compiz-Fusion 3D and much more.
We decided to use kde3-5-10 as our default desktop, as we could not achieve a similar functionality from kde4. We will however offer kde4 as an alternative desktop environment available from the repository, once we stabilize it. PCLinuxOS is an rpm based distribution utilizing apt-get with a Synaptic Software Manager frontend.
Almost 2.5 gigs of software compressed on a single self bootable livecd that can be installed to your hard drive, provided it is compatible with your system and you like the distribution. Over 8000+ additional packages available after hard drive install through the Synaptic Software Manager."
See the full official announcement and download PCLinuxOS 2009.1 here:
www.pclinuxos.com

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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. The final is due to be released on the 29th of April.
It includes KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, Xfce 4.6, Kernel 2.6.29, OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1 and qt 4.5.0. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available (DVD Free edition and dual CD, without proprietary drivers) and 32 bit CD One editions with KDE and Gnome (which include proprietary drivers).

See the official announcement here:
blog.mandriva.com/2009/04/06/mandriva-linux-2009-spring-rc2-is-ready-for-tests

For further details, release notes, errata and download mirrors see this page:
wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.1_RC_2

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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.
It includes KDE 4.2.1, GNOME 2.25.92, Xfce 4.6, X.org server 1.6, OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1 and qt 4.5.0. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available (DVD Free edition, without proprietary drivers) and 32 bit One editions with KDE and Gnome (which include proprietary drivers).

See the official announcement here:
blog.mandriva.com/2009/03/11/mandriva-linux-2009-spring-rc1-ready-for-tests/

For download mirrors see the bottom of this page:
wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.1_RC_1

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