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Microsoft cooks up OLPC dual-boot mud pie

The news from Nicholas Negreponte that talks are progressing about a dual-boot OLPC laptop gets slapped down by Microsoft which denies any involvement.

Prototype 8.9″ Asus EeePC Spotted at CES

Not a full day after news comes from Asus that they’ve got some larger screen EeePCs in works do pics of one show up online. jkkmobile hits us up with some pictures of this new model. No word on release date yet.The good news here is that the design of the screen is looking much nicer now, with an all white bezel replacing the somewhat cheap looking black speaker covers. The bad news? The resolution is still 800 x 480.

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101

Your shiny new Linux system has it all -- except that one program you really needed it to install. You get online, you find the program's website, and click 'download'. Except there's not just a link to the program there. There are four, or five, or more links to the program. Each has a slightly different format, ending with .rpm, .deb, .tgz, or possibly even .ebuild. Some include x86 in the name, while others say ppc or amd64. What's the difference? What's actually included in these packages?

Simple, tiny computers forcing Microsoft to make changes

Amid the gigantic televisions and booming speakers at the Consumer Electronics Show, a tiny laptop computer stands out for its minimalist approach. The Asus Eee PC is about the size of a small hardback book, and weighs two pounds. Rather than storing data on a spinning hard drive, it uses the type of solid-state flash memory more common in portable music players. It comes with the Linux operating system preinstalled, and it sells for as little as $300. The trend is complicating matters for Microsoft Corp.

Shuttle launches $199 KPC linux box, $99 barebones kit

Apparently Asus and Everex aren't the only ones capable of shipping dirt cheap linux boxes these days. Shuttle is getting into the game with its new KPC box. Unfortunately, we're way short on specs, but we do know that it'll be coming in $199 pre-built and $99 barebones versions. At least it's a looker, here's hoping there's something decent under the hood. No word on release date. More pictures after the jump!

CentOS 4.6 Server Setup: LAMP, Email, DNS, FTP, ISPConfig

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 10, 2008 12:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 4.6 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of CentOS 4.6, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Ubuntu Tweak off to a good start

For years, discerning Windows users have relied on Tweak UI, a semi-official Microsoft program for system settings not available on the default desktop. Now, in the same tradition and with something of the same name, Ubuntu Tweak (UT) offers the same advantage to Ubuntu users. Currently at version 0.2.4, for now UT is limited to features for GNOME and focuses mainly on changing default desktop and system behavior and how GNOME interacts with your hardware, but this small feature set is more than enough for proof of concept.

9 Characteristics of Free Software Users

Operating systems come with cultures as much as codebases. I was forcibly reminded of this fact over the holidays when several family members and neighbors press-ganged me into troubleshooting their Windows computers. Although none of us had any formal computer training, and I know almost nothing about Windows, I was able to solve problems that baffled the others -- not because of any technical brilliance, but because the free software culture in which I spend my days made me better able to cope.

Google's Android hacked onto real hardware

Last year Google announced Android, its Java-based software stack for mobile devices. Initially the company released Android with an emulator for testing. Hackers, however, have quickly hacked the software to run on real-world devices. LinuxDevices list the first hardware platform to run Android as the Atmark-Techno’s Armadillo-500 development board back in November last year.

Will Software Businesses Really Move Toward the Middle in '08?

Anne Zelenka recently predicted that software businesses will move from the extreme 'closed' and 'open' licensing models toward the center, what she refers to as 'clopen', or hybrid closed and open licensing models. I think she's missing something.

This week at LWN: Kubuntu LTS and KDE4

Ubuntu and its siblings are preparing for the next Long Term Support (LTS) release, v8.04 (April 2008) - the Hardy Heron. Ubuntu's first release was announced in September 2004, with a (then) brand new GNOME 2.8 desktop. Since then Ubuntu releases have been tied pretty closely to GNOME releases. Now, of course, we have Kubuntu for KDE fans, and Xubuntu for Xfce fans. That's great, but Ubuntu releases aren't timed for new versions of those desktops. And that's why it seems that Kubuntu 8.04 will not be a LTS release after all.

The PCLinuxOS computer -- everything you need for $150

I'm ready to throw down $150 for this deal (plus $15 to boost the memory to 512 MB). There are a smattering of low-cost Linux PC deals out there, but this is absolutely the best. Better than Everex, better than the used stuff at Pacific Geek. Better than Mad Tux. Hell, better than anything. You even get an LCD monitor. The $150 doesn't include shipping, and I don't know how much that runs. But holy hell, it's cheap.

Tux Droid: A Little too Buggy

  • Linux Journal (Posted by InTheLoop on Jan 10, 2008 8:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Tux Droid, a wireless plastic penguin that talks, looks cool, but the bugs and glitches make is a less appealing product.

Linux keeps Alexa's engineers happy

Alexa Internet is one of the oldest and most recognized Web entities. In addition to providing detailed Web site traffic information that it collects from users of the Alexa toolbar, Alexa created the Wayback Machine, an archive of Web site snapshots, which it donated to the Library of Congress in 1998. Don Whitt, Alexa's vice president of operations, says Alexa, acquired by in 1999, has a long history with open source platforms, including Slackware, FreeBSD, and CentOS.

Israeli education looking further than Microsoft

Even the unadventurous Israeli education system may soon discover that there is (computerized) life after Microsoft. The country's schools will forgo Word and Windows in favor of parallel programs from Sun Microsystems. For the first time, the education system's tenders committee has authorized cooperation in principle with Sun, in a move that could undermine Microsoft's sovereignty in Israeli classrooms.

FreeScale LimePC Details

We already reported about the LimePC yesterday, which is an iPod nano sized Linux UMPC based on Freescale's MPC5121e mobileGT processor, which is a so called "motherboard-on-a-chip" device. Freescale has now released a full press-release on their site and technical specifications for their highly integrated multi-core embedded computing platform.

The choice of Linux

Many people claim that “Linux is about choice!”. That’s a neat phrase, but what does it mean? Does it mean that you should have the ability to twist and turn 400 different knobs on your Linux install? That’s what some think. Does it mean that you have the right to choose Linux, or choose your flavor of Linux, and then choose from the package sets within those flavors? That’s what I and many others think. There is a very distinct difference here too. Let’s look at it from a food point of view (one of my favorite points-of-view).

XP not before mid '08 on OLPC according to Microsoft-dev

  •; By James Utzschneider (Posted by hkwint on Jan 10, 2008 3:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
[ A few minutes ago I read the OLPC / XO will have a dual boot between Linux / XP, but contrary to popular believe, XP doesn't run on the OLPC yet - as this old blog from a Microsoft-dev working on it shows - hkwint ]
There have been suggestions in the press by Nicholas Negroponte and others that “Windows already runs on the XO.” That’s not really the case yet [...] We started the project around the beginning of the year (2007 - ed) and think it will be mid-2008 at the earliest before we could have a production-quality release.

RPM 5: a Fork in The Linux Packaging

The newest version of the popular RPM package manager is now out with improved performance and functionality. But there's a bit of a catch with RPM version 5.0. Linux vendor Red Hat officially considers RPM 5.0 a project fork.

Microsoft denies dual-boot Linux/Windows XO laptops are on its agenda

It looks like the head of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Chief Nicholas Negroponte is not only alienating Intel, but Microsoft, too. A day after published reports quoting Negroponte as saying OLPC XO laptops would dual boot Linux and Windows, Microsoft is denying that the company is pursuing such a plan.

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