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Exploring Software: Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Desktop environments are wonderful in the way they just work. The complexity of what is happening "below the hood" is well hidden from us....

Exploring Software: Netbook Operating Systems

A modern netbook is likely to have 150 GB of disk space, 1 GB of RAM, a screen resolution of 1024×800 pixels, and a...

Exploring Software: The State of VBA in OpenOffice.org Calc

I keep trying to file my income tax returns online. However, I insist on using OpenOffice.org and so I have failed to accomplish what...

Exploring Software: Delta Packages — Speed Up Updates By Downloading Less

An RPM package is essentially an archive with packaging and control information -- for example, you can extract the contents of a .rpm file...

Exploring Software: PackageKit — Overcoming Prejudice

My first reaction to the PackageKit UI, after its initial release on Fedora, was negative. It was prejudice at first sight. I did not see...

Arch Linux: The Ideal Geek Distro?

Inspired by CRUX and started in March 2002 by Judd Vinet, the Arch Linux project might have been a late entrant into the world of distros. But within a short span of time, it has gained lots of fans, users and contributors. Arch Linux, according to its website, is a minimalist distribution aimed at intermediate Linux users who are not afraid of the command line.