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ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser

The good folks over at ASUS have sent over the P5E3 Deluxe, which is based upon Intel's new X38 Chipset and continues in the usual ASUS fashion of pushing new (and often unexpected) innovations onto the motherboard. Without spoiling the review of this motherboard that will be published shortly, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is one of the most innovative motherboards we have seen to date and it packs one very exciting and unusual feature. Embedded onto the P5E3 Deluxe is a Linux environment that features a Firefox-rebranded web browser and the Skype VoIP client! Within five seconds of turning on this $360 USD gaming/enthusiast motherboard, you can be using Linux and surfing the Internet. On this motherboard the feature is known as ASUS Express Gate, which is powered by something called SplashTop. SplashTop is an instant-on Linux desktop being created by DeviceVM. SplashTop isn't even launching for a few more days (October 10), but in this article we have more details on this embedded Linux environment as well as screenshots and our thoughts with what will hopefully come next for this Linux environment.

Fred Trotter and eMDs Dr. Winn

Last week I spent the day at eMDs talking with Dr. Winn and the excellent eMDs team. Sadly, I cannot talk about eMDs Open Source plans yet, but I can say that they will soon be making a big splash. I had some pretty cool pictures from my visit, including one with Robby the Robot, so post also servers to announce that I have migrated FredTrotter.com to wordpress, in order to be able to post pictures with my blog posts.

Uruguay poised to make first governmental OLPC purchase

Uruguay's government this week announced the results of a study indicating that XO computers from the One Laptop Per Child project were a better value for the nation's schoolchildren than Intel's similar offering, the Classmate PC. The next step is likely to be a purchase agreement between OLPC and Uruguay for at least 100,000 laptops. Though nothing has been finalized yet, when asked what needs to happen for formal agreement to occur, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte simply says, "business closure."

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 6, 2007 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Fedora 7 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

What Linux Do You Use? - Review Linux

We decided to setup a new poll today at ReviewLinux.Com. We are using the DistroWatch.Com Hit Counter of various Linux Distributions as our choices for this poll. We have taken the first 10 Linux Distributions that receive the most hits at DistroWatch.Com ( as of Oct 5 2007 3:30 PST ) and have asked our users to place their vote for "What Linux Do You Use?" Pretty simple poll.. Thanks

Add Ruby scripting to your Project Zero

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Dan Jemiolo (Posted by solrac on Oct 6, 2007 10:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Community, PHP
See how easy Ruby development can be with Project Zero code.

The best Linux system repair distribution gets better

If there's a better system repair kit than the Gentoo-based SystemRescueCD Linux distribution, we haven't seen it yet. The new 0.4 version of SystemRescueCd was released on Oct. 4. This new edition focuses on disk partitioning, Vista support, and data rescue tasks. In the past, we've found SystemRescueCD to be the best of the best when it comes to repairing troubled systems. We see every reason to believe that this version will be even better.

Desktop FreeBSD Part 8: Updating the Core System

  • OFB.biz: Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 6, 2007 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So, how are you liking FreeBSD? Do you believe it's something you work with, live with day after day? If you find you've gotten used to it, maybe the time has come to get more acquainted with one of the best features of FreeBSD: It's relatively painless to update the entire system by rebuilding it from code. The emphasis is not so much slavishly chasing the cutting edge of BSD technology. Instead, our focus will be on security updates and optimization.

Automate FTP with macros

Has it been a while since you used FTP from the command line? While there are decent GUI-based FTP clients (such as gFTP), you can automate operations with the command-line version and handle file transfers with no user interaction at all.

Amarok Roktober Fundraiser, Win an iAudio7

It is Roktober time again at the Amarok Project and they are giving away an iAudio7 mobile music player to encourage donations. Roktober is the time to review the events of the past 12 months, start planning and do the fundraising for the next year. If you do not have the time to actively help with the project this is your call, for each €10 donated you will be given an entry into the prize draw. Amarok funds are spent on the webserver, travel & accommodation for developer meetings and event staff expenses. It has never been easier to help keep Amarok rockin'.

System & enviromental variables in Linux

  • PolishLinux.org; By adz (Posted by michux on Oct 6, 2007 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
System and enviromental variables define parts of the system behavior so it’s worth knowing what they are, what they influence and how to adjust them to your needs. This is the last part of the “console basics” series.

Top 40 Linux blogs

I have a Perl script to check the outgoing links from blogs for me, via planet sites. Yes, the planets aggregate the blogs, and the script snarfs the links from the planets. I'm so meta it hurts. So I have a bunch of link data, going back a little more than a year. This particular list doesn't even indicate whether or not I read your blog, just whether or not enough people whose blog copy my Perl script grabs from aggregator sites link to you.

Tux Project gets behind the Freedomware Gamefest 2007

The Tux Project and REVELinux are declaring their support for the gamefest, including a couple of graphic artists Landy DeField (land0, author of the New Blue Amarok iconset) and Janet Theobroma (author of the KDE 3.5 default wallpaper). We have the official name now and a promotional web site is coming too. Stay tuned. :)

Linux-based airline seat-back entertainment system is a winner

The Linux-based eX2 in-flight entertainment system (IFE) from Panasonic Avionics was the big winner at this year's Avion Awards, sponsored by an IFE trade group. The Best Overall IFE awards went to Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways, all running variants of eX2. This Red Hat-based system also is installed on Qantas Airways and on Boeing 777s operated by Delta and Continental. eX2, the newest version of Panasonic's in-flight entertainment systems, offers not the canned radio stations of yesteryear, but rather audio and video on demand, games, and even online books, depending on the carrier.

Will open source change Canada? Democratizing sustainable housing in Canada (part 2)

Will democratizing sustainable housing be enough to change Canada? It’s too early to tell, but there’s a start. Open source can make sustainable designs available. Nobody owns it, everybody can use it, and anybody can improve it. The Now House is one sustainable housing design project created by one small team. What would happen if one hundred teams created projects like this?

Freedomware Gaming Festival is about fun, not size

Nobody has done this before in a Free Software world, so we could cut this idea some slack and perhaps consider it a prototype of bigger events to come in years ahead. Be it 20 people or 200, this can still be a hell of a party. All we need is to set aside the prejudice and join in!

The problem with the computer industry under capitalism - Free Software the answer?

The way the computer industry functions today is a perfect illustration of all the faults and massive inefficiencies of capitalism, where the primary goal is not serving the interests of society. Developing, improving and distributing software takes place only where big profits can be made. This stands in sharp contrast to free software, where human knowledge and the produce of human labour is used to the advantage all of society.

The Live PostgreSQL CD: FOSS Marketing 102

PostgreSQL is not the first project to launch a live CD, but the concept is one many projects should seriously consider adopting as a marketing tool.

Introducing the Dump Analyzer for Java

The IBM Dump Analyzer for Java is a tool that performs basic analysis against a formatted system dump and produces a concise report indicating what it thinks your next course of action should be. Cut through endless dump files to get to the heart of the problem.

Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status (podcast)

I'd like to live in a tub of cream cheese icing. Sadly, that's not an option for me. It is, however, an option for Canonical/Ubuntu head Mark Shuttleworth. The open source advocate has plenty of cash - enough cash to build a breathing apparatus and waste removal system for a man-sized icing pool. I bring up the icing for no reason. I bring up Mark Shuttleworth because he's the star of Open Season Episode 4. Dave Rosenberg, Matt Asay and I reached Mark at Canonical's UK office for an hour-long chat covering all sorts of open source software topics and issues.

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