AOL is showcasing a Linux-based hard drive-equipped portable media player (PMP) manufactured by Haier, at CES this week. The Smartscreens Media Device packs a 30GB drive, plays MPEG4 and WMV videos over wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones, and can also receive Internet radio stations via WiFi.
All the words have been spoken. The Grand Ideals, the philosophical superiorities, the passionate and sometimes vitriolic debates on freedoms 0-3...it has all been said. Now it's time to do.
Three years ago, out of more than 2300 CES exhibitors, the word"Linux" appeared in text associated with just 11 of them, in the show's online guide. This year atCES 2007 has more than 2700 exhibitors; yet"Linux" appears in text associated with just 3 companies:Interact-TV,Neuros Technology andPixel Magic Systems. Yet it is clearer than ever that Linux has become the bedrock on which more and more companies build their solutions.
OpenMoko, a Taiwanese startup that develops mobile hardware and software, next month plans to start selling what it claims to be the first Linux smartphone based completely on open standards.
An open letter to PETA, inspired by Ryan Lortie’s very silly My stance on Ubuntu and the Bad Vista campaign.
Foreword: This article describes how Linux and a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) single-board computer (SBC) helped Vetland Medical develop and market its EX3000 product, an inexpensive anesthesia monitoring device aimed at bringing technical innovations in human anesthesia equipment to veterinarians.
Written by a leading developer and maintainer of the Linux kernel, Linux Kernel in a Nutshell is a comprehensive overview of kernel configuration and building, a critical task for Linux users and administrators. The book is available for download in either PDF or DocBook format for the entire book, or by the individual chapter.
A French company called Aldebaran Robotics has released several video clips of a new robot they're developing, called Nao. They claim their humanoid robot will include voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, "emotional expressions", a WiFi connections, and will be based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom.
Virtualization, the ability to run multiple "virtual" systems on a single host, is nearly as old as solid state computing. But it's been all the rage again in recent years, with more than a dozen large-scale Linux virtualization projects -- and while they require special custom kernels, patches, and software, the first steps toward OS-level virtualization have been implemented in the Linux kernel.
The viewer application of the online game Second Life has been released as open source.
Robust Systems Management Suite Maximizes Value for Turbolinux Users in China
President commits Rwanda government to providing each primary school pupil with a Linux-based laptop within five years.
I've just uploaded a transcript of a recent talk by Stallman where he explains why free software is defined the way it is, how the GNU design was chosen, what problems we face, and what's coming, etc.
This article is about resizing ext3 partitions without losing data. It shows how to shrink and enlarge existing ext3 partitions and how to merge two ext3 partitions. This can be quite useful if you do not use LVM and you realize that your existing partitioning does not meet your actual needs anymore.
The Dreamlinux project, a Brazilian distribution based on Debian, Knoppix, and Morphix, last week released its v2.2 Multimedia Edition live CD for free download. Dreamlinux boots directly into an XFce desktop, which provides access to a "substantial" collection of desktop applications and a central control panel for system configuration, according to the project.
Sonos has added support for Windows Media formats to its Linux-based whole-house audio distribution system, via a "one-button" firmware upgrade. The new "Sonos System Software 2.1" for the Sonos Digital Music System brings better interoperability with Windows Media Player 11 for Vista and XP users.
I'm a developer. I spend my time sitting at a computer, working on our IT infrastructure. Contrary to stereotype, I have just a cheapo computer and no fancy gizmos. I take pride in the Apache hat I wear to write this column. But sometimes we need to take a step back, and look at the why of it. As we enter a new year, let's share a glimpse into that question.
Beset by customer defections to Microsoft Corp. and open-source vendors such as MySQL AB, Oracle Corp. is making a bid to win back users by enhancing its free tools for migrating data and applications from non-Oracle to Oracle systems. The software maker today announced the release of SQL Developer 1.1. This latest version of the free database development tool allows users to browse and manage three non-Oracle databases: Microsoft Access, MySQL and SQL Server.
The recent release of Windows Vista poses the question of whether it's time to buy a new computer.
Python made metaprogramming possible, but each Python version has added slightly different -- and not quite compatible -- wrinkles to the way you accomplish metaprogramming tricks. Python has recently grown “decorator,” which are the newest -- and by far the most user-friendly way, so far -- to perform most metaprogramming.