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Netbook Performance Woes? Open Source Has An Answer
Bill Malchisky    

What I love about the open source community is that they can quickly respond to industry/user demands in a small fraction of the time of their closed source counterparts. Here is a great example. Netbooks are useful devices, slightly less popular now with the advent of the tablet, but they are still selling and have their place. To that point, many of the operating systems that run on them tend to force users to make a decision between two mutually exclusive capabilities: features vs performance. You either lose a significant amount of features or everything seems like it takes eons to complete. How do you handle that? Linux.

Enter lubuntu, the Lightweight Ubuntu version running a smaller version of the X Window version 11 environment, or LXDE specifically (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). Thus, you receive a full feature rich desktop environment with the quickness of a full desktop all on a smaller lighter form factor.

The main site has some nice screencasts covering some of the key features. Know that because it uses LXDE you get a desktop environment rather than the simplified netbook Unity variant.

Lifehacker did a nice review on lubuntu which has a few tech tips as well. You can find it here.

For more information, check out these sites:
Lubuntu Desktop Project Wiki
LXDE main site

Take it for a spin...
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Travel Tip: Getting Answers to Obscure Travel Questions Before You Depart
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Have a food allergy and are curious if you can eat on a river cruise in Bali? How about whether a planned exotic purchase from a foreign country can be brought back home? Will you be able to replenish lost or stolen medicine at your destination? Or is it possible to purchase a vegan meal in Concourse A of an unfamiliar airport terminal? There is a site which offers such a service: Tripatini. On their site (right most pane) you will see the Ask a Travel Pro badge. Click it and you will be able [read] Keywords:
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Soccer Saturday, The First IBM ConnectED Activity Announcement!
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
crosses community at Once again, we will kick-off the IBM Connect(ED) conference properly. Join in the fun as a player or spectator. Meet familiar faces in the community and make new friends on the sandy pitch at Disney World's Dolphin and Swan hotel. We all enjoyed it the last two years, so I ensured we had the pitch reserved for 2015 before leaving IBM Connect 2014. Please feel free join us even if you do not play -- all spectators are welcome. Event Details Date: Saturday, 24 Jan [read] Keywords: ibm lotus community skype twitter
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Which Hotels Have the Best WiFi?
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 10:16a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As we all travel, one of the biggest gambles with any new property is the quality and availability of Internet access -- especially WiFi. A new travel oriented site helps to solve this matter, entitled Hotel WiFi Test. As it is very new, the city list and properties are quite small, but growing quickly. They added a link that allows you to run a speed test if you are in a hotel and it will catalog it. Thus, you can plan your trips by the data of others, while also contributing easily when you ch [read] Keywords: properties wifi
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IBM ConnectED 2015 Preview Site Launched!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 1:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just a few minutes ago (as of this writing), IBM announced the new site link and conference name for Connect. It is now entitled IBM ConnectED 2015! Here is the preview site, which just went live. They are evolving the conference into a "more in-depth technical event", which should be welcomed by many of the Lotusphere alumni of years past--particularly those that felt the event deviated slightly from its roots. You can tell the site is quite fresh as the IBM ConnectED 2015 Resources wiki stil [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere server wiki
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How To Receive Ubuntu 12.04 Kernel Updates After 7 August 2014
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Certain versions of Ubuntu have an older version of their Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) and thus it needs to be upgraded, or on 7 August 2014 you will no longer receive kernel and graphics stack updates; all other software updates will proceed unimpeded. Below is what I learned along with excerpts from the Ubuntu wiki post on the event. The current release schedule and EOL announcements for each Ubuntu build is located here. What is HWE? "Hardware Enablement Stacks (HWE) are incorpora [read] Keywords: domino ibm linux security vm wiki ubuntu
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World Cup 2014 Skype Chat Announced
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 6:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just in-time for the World Cup, the ICS Community has a Skype chat to capture all the comments from our community on the great game. If you would like to join your friends from around the world in a zealous environment -- especially when the Dutch play -- let me know via Skype, or comment on this post with your skype name, if I'm offline. Links for the official FIFA World Cup: social media accounts, widgets, RSS Feeds, Twitter team lists - click accordingly. See you on the virtual pitch [read] Keywords: application community skype twitter widgets




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Engage 2014 Slides Available
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 12:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I published my Engage 2014 session slides to both SlideShare and My Presentations page. I took time to review the deck and decided to test further the remote access redirect slides, ultimately dramatically simplifying the steps. The result is an easy two-step process that should work fine for about 80% of use cases. If your needs exceed what I provided, please contact me and I can offer some suggestions for an alternate approach. Just remember, if your desktop system is Windows, load your X Wind [read] Keywords: administration desktop linux server
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Wisdom on Longevity From a 96 Year Old Skier
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 4:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
George Jedenoff started skiing at the age of 43 and has been hooked ever since. Earlier this month, he once again carved some turns at Alta and Snowbird with the Ski Utah crew and talked about longevity, keeping motivated, the importance of staying fit, and how skiing has been a part of his life every single year since 1960. Hardly timid, George seeks out powder and has a wonderfully cordial demeanor, with excellent diction. Applicable life advice for even non-skiers. Enjoy this short video. [read] Keywords:
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New ICS Linux Skype Chat Announced
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 10:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
During a packed room at Linuxfest V during IBM Connect 2014, an attendee asked if there was a place where we could collaborate on using Linux with ICS. Enter Community in action: Tim Clark immediately stepped-up to start a new Skype chat entitled, "ICS Linux Chat". Therefore, if you would like a place to go and chat about Linux between Connect events or my Linux sessions at LUG events, then please contact myself, Tim Clark, Devin Olson, or Christoph Stoettner to get invited. We would be happy [read] Keywords: ibm community linux skype
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If You Would Like a x64 Notes Client on Windows, Read This
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 6:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
While at IBM Connect 2014, I heard that a prototype x64 Windows Notes client is in the works -- rumor perhaps, but it is intriguing. I also know that unless there is a business justification, IBM will spend development and testing dollars elsewhere -- which also makes sense and is prudent. There are lots of internal prototypes at any ISV/OEM, few of which see the light of day. What their respective clients want and need ultimately moves any subset of prototypes towards a production release: cust [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes notes client traveler apple community development skype




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