Ubuntu Ready to Launch 8.10 Later This Week

From DailyTech: As Canonical and Ubuntu prepare to launch its latest operating system later this week, Mark Shuttleworth is willing to continue to burn through his own personal bank accounts to keep the Ubuntu project running.

With the pending "Intrepid Ibex" launch looming, which was officially introduced on Monday, Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Desktop Edition will offer 3G network support, improved virtualization, and user management tweaks.

Articles Roundup October 28, 2008

Could a Mac Mini Refresh be Coming Soon?

From Tom's Hardware: For the past several weeks, the spotlight has been on Apple’s notebook line. With brand new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, as well as a MacBook Air refresh, nary a word was spoken about the Cupertino-based company’s desktops. While that is sure to change before the holiday season gets under way, many are asking: What about the Mac Mini?

Update: Microsoft launches Windows Azure for the cloud

From InfoWorld: At Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developers Conference) in Los Angeles, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie unveiled the company's much-anticipated cloud computing platform, dubbed Windows Azure.

Dell Refreshes Optiplex Line, Offers Atom-based Thin Client

From PC World: Dell's latest products arrive at a difficult time, with markets roiled by fears of a global recession and companies cutting back on expenses in the face of expected weaker demand. Dell isn't immune. The company warned last month that end-user demand had softened in the U.S., as well as in parts of Europe and Asia. But Dell said its latest products can help companies cut their IT costs -- provided companies are willing to invest capital in new computers.

Dell Launches Mini 12 Netbook in Japan

From DailyTech: One of the most interesting new netbooks is the Dell Inspiron Mini 12. The Mini 12 is the big brother to the smaller Mini 9 that Dell introduced officially in September 2008. The main and obvious difference between the two Dell netbooks is the screen size.

Patches Released for Critical Security Issues for Microsoft Windows

From Tom's Hardware: The critical vulnerability, according to Microsoft, is caused by the operating system’s improper handling of specifically crafted remote procedure call (RPC) requests. The problem is already being exploited in the wild and can allow attackers to gain full control of a computer. Microsoft also added that the windows firewall can be used to block such an attack.

Quoting a Microsoft security bulletin:

Five Mainboard Makers to Enable Nvidia’s Multi-GPU Tech on Intel’s Next-Gen Platforms

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. has announced that five well-known mainboard manufacturers will offer Intel X58-based motherboards that support Nvidia’s SLI multi-GPU technology. Even though it is clear that far not all mainboard suppliers decided to enable SLI, with five different brands offering more than five mainboards, end-users seeking for the highest-performance SLI system will have a rather broad choice.

Toshiba's First Netbook Hits Japan, Overseas Sales to Follow

From PC World: The first netbook-type portable computer from Toshiba hit store shelves in Japan over the weekend, ahead of its upcoming launch in Europe. U.S. sales are currently not planned for the machine.

Graphics market on fire; AMD gains

From CNET News.com: The market for graphics processing units (GPUs) saw the biggest increase in third-quarter shipments in six years, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), as AMD gained in both the desktop and laptop segments.


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