* Lindows.com has found a clever way to continue offering an alternative to Windows in Europe. After a Dutch judge ruled in Microsoft's favor, the company was not permitted to do business in certain countries under the Lindows name. Read the press release on the Dutch ruling.
So Lindows.com started a program to keep choice available there by dropping some letters from its name. It is now offering its products in places such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden as Lin---s or LinDash. Read more.
* In other Lindows.com news, the company has announced support for the Centrino laptops. The company's LindowsOS Laptop Edition is the first Linux operating system to offer support for Centrino laptops. Read more
* Apple's newest addition to its iPod MP3 lineup was released Friday. The iPod mini is dubbed as being the world's smallest 1,000-song digital music player. The iPod mini is compatible both with Mac and Windows. Among features included on the iPod mini are the choice of five different colors, an eight-hour battery life and capacity choice of 4GB, 15GB, 20GB or 40GB hard disk drive. Read more.
* Mandrake-Linux 10.0 is starting to be released for download and testing. Learn more. Major changes in the Mandrake-Linux development process will be in effect when Mandrake-Linux 10.0 final release is made available. Learn more.
MSN Live online events
Feb. 23: G3, a trio of guitarists including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, chat at 8 p.m.
Feb. 27: Recording artists Phantom Planet chat at 7 p.m.
Sites to see
Here's an oldie, but goodie site for language translations - it's AltaVista's Babel Fish Translation Service. You can translate a word, sentence, block of text or an entire Web site from or to English, or eight to nine other languages with a click of a button. One can translate from English to Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
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