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Mark Longridge
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FC1 hits 1 Year Uptime Again
   Back in November of 2015 I couldn't resist bragging a bit about my old Fedora Core 1 machine reaching 1 year of uptime.    It eventually ran for 489 days in total. Now I realize that there have been many machines with much longer uptimes than that, but k...

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Thoughts on Slackware 14.2
tested on an intel core duo E5200 with 2 gigs of ram The main attributes are: kernel 4.4.14 kde 4.14.21 firefox 45.2 chrome 56 bash 4.3.46 rtorrent 0.9.6 added dosbox-0.74-x86_64-2jsc.txz for old dos games The slackware DVD will boot up and it is easy enoug...

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BIOS Problems and Solutions
  When Lenovo released the Yoga 900-13ISK2 it became apparent that Linux and BSD users can't rely on closed source BIOSes. Of course while it is rather naive to think that a Microsoft Signature Edition PC would be Linux friendly, one could hope that at leas...

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The Importance of BSD
 The Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is a Unix operating system developed by the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) of the University of California, Berkeley.    The BSD operating system started as an add-on package for Unix v6 released in March 19...

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The Importance of Bell Labs Unix
Unix was first developed by Ken Thompson in the summer of 1969 on the DEC PDP-7 minicomputer. By 1979 Unix version 7 was making the rounds at universities all over the world. Bell Labs Unix has enormous importance: It was the basis for many operating system...

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Bought an Android based media streamer

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Mygica Media Streamer First Impressions
  As many of my computers are too old to play 720P or 1080P video I decided to buy a media streamer: The Mygica ATV520E.  The ATV520E has an ARM Cortex A9 CPU, 1GB of Ram and 4GB hard drive with 2 USB 2.0 slots, an ethernet port and one micro SD slot. It al...

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Vector Linux 7.1 Light
Ok, I took Vector Linux 7.1 Light for a spin and I mostly liked what I saw.    Based on Slackware Linux and released in June 2015, this distro will work reasonably well on an older computer such as a Celeron 1.8 ghz machine. It has the 3.18.16 version of th...

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A Brief Guide to Alternatives to Windows: 2016 Edition
First of all, I have a lot to say about avoiding Microsoft Technologies here: FOSS Matrix The following info should be useful for the folks that don't like Windows 10. Does Microsoft control your computer? Are you tired of Windows? Read on....    Now the ea...

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