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gOS 2.0 "Rocket" To Blast Off Next Week

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 4, 2008 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We've just been notified that gOS 2.0 will be released next week at the 2008 Consumer Electronic Show. This Linux distribution started making news two months ago as the conceptual Google Operating System and shipping on a sub-$200 (USD) Everex PC. This distribution is very easy to use and features integration with popular Web 2.0 services such as YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Maps. This next gOS release, codenamed "Rocket", adds a few features and more Google love. Accompanying this release will also be a gOS Software Developer Kit.

Networking scalability on high-performance servers

The proliferation of high-performance scalable servers has added a new level of complexity to networking and system performance. In this article, learn how to optimize your multi-node, high-performance Linux® system as it uses system board gigabit Ethernet adapters from 1 to 4 nodes. Take a look at problematic networking scalability situations and get tips on how to avoid the pitfalls.

For Terracotta, a year of open source has been good for business

Terracotta makes a Java clustering solution that it calls "drop-in" technology. Terracotta is unique, says Amit Pandey, chief executive officer, because it makes a way to offload temporary but important information that has traditionally been stored in expensive databases. In an effort to increase interest in the product, about a year ago Terracotta decided to open its source code and start giving the product away. According to Pandey, since Terracotta's entrance into the community, "we've seen only goodness."

CES 2008: E-Lead Noahpad UMPC

  • SlashGear; By James Allan Brady (Posted by jhansonxi on Jan 4, 2008 7:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
So, E-Lead will apparently be showing off a new UMPC that looks (not-so-) surprisingly like the Eee PC that everyone has fallen in love with. The main differences are the lack of flash memory, a different distro of Linux, and some sort of weird input interface.

Rocket gOS 2.0, the latest Ubuntu-Google marriage, days away

That was fast. Only two months ago, Good OS, a startup Linux distributor, exploded on the scene with gOS 1.0, an Ubuntu-based desktop Linux with dedicated links to Google applications. Now, the company has announced that it will release the next version, gOS 2.0, Rocket, at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

Linux Networking Cookbook Serves Up Juicy, Practical Recipes

Whether you're a hobbyist or seasoned professional, you'll want to grab a copy of Carla Schroder's newest book, the Linux Networking Cookbook.

Splashtop Builds Momentum Nearing Laptop Launch

DeviceVM, a San Jose-based company developing rapid-start computing technologies, today announced the availability of its Splashtop(TM) platform on four new ASUS motherboards. Originally released on the P5E3 Deluxe, Splashtop is now available on the P5E3 Premium as well as the mainstream M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe, the M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI, and the M3N-H/HDMI motherboards.

At a Loss for Words

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 4, 2008 4:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's not often I find myself at a loss for words when I read something, but this is one of those times. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it isn't really necessary for me to add any words to the following news, other than to characterize them with a Latin phrase lawyers use: Res ipse loquitor, which translates as "the thing speaks for itself."

A More Open Microsoft

You might have missed the news just before the holidays that Microsoft has become slightly more open with respect to its networking protocols. Late last year, they announced a way for third parties to license their core file sharing protocols through an independent organization called the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation.

Voting for the 2007 Members Choice Awards is Now Open is proud to announce that voting for the 2007 Members Choice Awards is now open. The Members Choice Awards allow the Linux community to select their favorite products in a variety of categories. Awards will be given out in 27 categories this year, including Server Distribution of the Year, Desktop Distribution of the Year, Browser of the Year, Office Suite of the Year, Desktop Environment of the Year and Database of the Year. The polls will close on February 21st. This is the seventh annual Members Choice Awards. Last years winners include Ubuntu, Firefox, KDE, and MySQL.

The tricky task of supporting Photo CDs on Linux

In the photography world, a prominent proprietary file format is Kodak's Photo CD (.PCD). Once the premiere format for film scanning, it is now a difficult to work around relic. Recently I set out to resurrect some old PCD images on a Linux system -- a challenge that serves as an object lesson in the importance of open standards in any kind of digital archive.

The Joy of Sybex (and Other Linux Publishers)

As Products Editor and Newsletter Editor here at Linux Journal, I come across many computer books. Despite our era of 'get it on the 'Net' age and perverse industry consolidation, I am continually astounded by the variety and quality of books, on both real and virtual paper, to which we now have access. What follows is a (somewhat) comprehensive summary of publishers of Linux open-source computer books in the English language.

Eclipse develops open source SOA framework

The Eclipse Foundation with its Swordfish project is developing an open source SOA framework intended for applications ranging from enterprise environments to embedded systems. Based on technology from German logistics company Deutsche Post, Swordfish features an SOA runtime platform that leverages three popular projects: Service Component Architecture (SCA), Java Business Integration (JBI), and Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi).

Tutorial: Building A Linux Music Studio Part 2

Last week we made a music CD from a live digital recording the easy and simple way. Today we're going to fix volume levels and do graceful fades and transitions using Audacity and normalize. Give yourself a lot of disk space, make copies of your original sound files before you start, and remember that Audacity has Undo and Redo commands, so don't stress out over making mistakes.

Microsoft Looking at Emacs for .Net

Microsoft is working on a project that would essentially bring the functionality of the Emacs text editor to .Net. Microsoft software architect Don Box on Dec. 29 posted a blog entry stating that his colleague, Douglas Purdy, was hiring people to work on a new extensible text editor. Box's post pointed to a Purdy blog post from Dec. 26, where Purdy said: "We are looking for developers/testers to build a tool that I will roughly describe as 'Emacs.Net.'"

What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like

This started out as part of a longer essay called "On not kissing the pig". But that essay grew into an epic. Rather than dump it on the list all at once, I think it will be useful if I start by giving everybody a clear idea of the potential benefits of changing our practices. I'm going to describe the collaboration toolkit on another project where I happen to be a senior dev, called Battle For Wesnoth.

The proprietary problem with innovation and scale

Glyn Moody takes Dave Weinberger's Harvard Business Review article on the difficulties singular organizations have with scale and runs with it, arguing: "It is deeply ironic that once upon a time Linux - and Linus - was taxed with an inability to scale. Today, though, when Linux is running everything from most of the world's supercomputers to the new class of sub-laptops like the Asus EEE PC and increasing numbers of mobile phones, it is Microsoft that finds itself unable to scale its development methodology to handle this range." This flies in the face of Jaron Lanier's ill-advised attempt to discredit open source as an innovative force.

Fun: Chuck Norris vs. Linus Torvalds

I'm sure everybody remembers facts on Chuck Norris, and here are Linus Torvalds facts!

[A bit older, but I had to laugh a lot reading this - Sander]

Less Dosh for OSS...And So?

According to one of 451 CAOS Theory's invaluable roundups: "The raw data indicates open source funding fell more than slightly in 2007. Disclosed funding deals were down 40.7% to $323.87m for the full year, compared to $546.3m in 2006." Is this serious – a sign of some deeper malaise? I don't think so. VCs are notoriously fickle fashionistas: open source was flavour of the month for a while, and maybe now it isn't.

A Linux pragmatist, not an evangelist

I've been using Linux, more specifically Ubuntu, now for about six months. It's my third or fourth attempt at using Linux or BSD (Apple's OS X not withstanding). I have tried various distributions of Linux , including Suse, Mandrake, Yellow Dog. But I always gave up after a little while. Sometimes, I never got past the installer. With distros that I got to install, I was flummoxed by how the distros handled file dependencies. Ubuntu has changed that, and I now feel confident enough to use it for a lot of day to day tasks as well as using it as a media server at home. But, six months hasn't turned me into a evangelist but rather a Linux pragmatist.

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