Author Archive for Darren Yates

Dell not offering Ubuntu to Australian Mini 9 buyers?

While Dell has released its new Inspiron Mini 9 netbook in the US with the option of either Windows XP Home Edition or Ubuntu Linux operating system, it appears as though Australian consumers won’t get that option.
PC giant Dell has jumped onto the Netbook bandwagon with the release of its Inspiron Mini 9 in the US. Unfortunately, it is still only a preorder option from Dell’s Australian website.
But of concern is the fact the pre-order specification list gives… Read more

DVD Plus 2008 – update

It’s been a while coming but the bug update for DVD Plus 2008 from Australian PC User’s May 2008 issue is now available.
The update requires you first install the original installation file from the May 2008 cover disc and then install the update after. The update will automatically make corrections and should be ready to go.
You can download it here – PCUserDVDPlus2008Update.exe.
UPDATE: 7:45pm 5-Sep-08 – New update (build 52) fixes a small bug that made it out… Read more

Battle of the NetBooks

If you’re about to buy a new notebook computer, you might want to hold of for a few weeks.
Come October, you’ll find a whole new notebook market opening up before you that will offer a new combination of price and portability.
They’re called Netbooks and they’re taking the notebook market by storm.
Offering ultra-compact styling and weight, these new ultra-portable notebook computers sell for under $AUS700 but typically weigh as little as 900grams.
Already, we’ve seen Taiwanese notebook vendor… Read more

UserOS Home Server – screenshots

Based on Xubuntu 8.04, UserOS Home Server 8.04 includes a number of apps to provide the “home server” functions Xubuntu by default lacks.
They include:
* BackupPC – allowing you to use Home Server as a central backup server for all of your home PCs and notebooks.
* VLC – handles the job of streaming videos and music around your home network. It can even transcode videos for low-bandwidth networks.
* MythTV – stream digital TV around your home network… Read more

Why Linux has come of age

Up until recently, the big-name PC brands have been decidedly reluctant to go with a Linux operating system on their mainstream desktops and notebooks. Dell with its option of Ubuntu on selected models is about as good as it got.
But with netbooks beginning to arrive in Australia and the US by the truckload, the brands have had to look at their costs and even Microsoft’s decision to keep Windows XP Home Edition around specifically for these devices hasn’t done… Read more