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  • Linux: the people’s product

    Linux: the people’s product

    The Linux Foundation ran a t-shirt design contest back in March to kick off the grand opening of the new Linux.com store. More than 100 designs were submitted, and of these six were selected as finalists. Almost eight thousand votes were tallied, and the community-selected winner, with 57% of the votes, is Mr. Said Hassan from the Gaza Strip, who designed "The People's Product." Shirts with this winning design are being produced now, and will be available for purchase at the Linux.com store soon-ish.

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  • VLC 1.1.0 adds Windows and Linux GPU decoding

    VLC 1.1.0 adds Windows and Linux GPU decoding

    Have you launched VLC today? If so then you'll already know that it has been updated to version 1.1.0. The biggest feature in this version is the addition of GPU decoding for Windows (Vista and 7 only) and Linux users. That is, you can use that fancy GPU of yours to help decode that 1080p MKV you've got there, leaving your CPU with enough room to breathe, or whatever. Fair warning: if you're on Windows, hope you've got an nVidia GPU…

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  • Pay what you want for Kiddix OS

    Pay what you want for Kiddix OS

    From Microsoft Bob to Edubuntu there have been a number of attempts at making computers of various sorts easier and more useful for young people. Another participant in this space is Kiddix, “a complete operating system and software environment for children, built from the ground up with your family’s needs and safety in mind.” Kiddix [...]

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  • Jolicloud 1.0 will support some touch displays out of the box

    Jolicloud 1.0 will support some touch displays out of the box

    Joilcloud, is a Linux-based operating system for small devices (e.g. netbooks and touchscreens). The new version 1.0 now supports a long list of touchscreen devices right out of the box. Check out the video of it in action showing off the new HTML 5 interface. Looks pretty cool.

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  • Innoversal Lattice Tablet gets its Pixel Qi touched

    Innoversal Lattice Tablet gets its Pixel Qi touched

    Pixel Qi. If you haven’t heard of them, you will. Everyone will want one of their screens. They offer both a full color LCD screen and an E-Ink screen in one. From what I have seen so far, the technology appears to be very promising. Other companies seem to think so as well, and are lining up to use Pixel Qi screens in their devices

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  • webOS booted up on a PC, just for kicks (video)

    webOS booted up on a PC, just for kicks (video)

    It's always been possible to run webOS on a PC using the emulator built into Palm's SDK, but it turns out that the OS image used for the emulator can actually be installed on an IDE hard drive and booted from -- which is exactly what one enterprising member of the PreCentral forums did with his Dell C600 laptop. It's not too surprising webOS can do this, since it's built on Linux, but don't get too excited yet; the OS runs in a funky aspect ratio in a small portion of the screen and the lack of a touchscreen means you're stuck using the keyboard to navigate. Still, it's hard not to watch this without visions of webOS running on all manner of HP hardware in the very near future -- a tablet, perhaps? Video after the break.

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    webOS booted up on a PC, just for kicks (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 May 2010 23:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The New Browser Wars: Will Ubuntu drop Firefox for Google Chrome?

    The New Browser Wars: Will Ubuntu drop Firefox for Google Chrome?

    Potentially big news in the world of open source software, friends. Apparently Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution, is considering dropping Firefox for Chrome. Well, maybe for Chrome, or maybe for Chromium, the open source project that Chrome is based upon. Therein lies the rub, I do believe. What’s going on is that Ubergizmo, a fine [...]

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  • Use Linux to water your lawn

    Use Linux to water your lawn

    So you bought the EasyBloom to take precise soil moisture readings. You have a spreadsheet plotting plant growth over time. But you're still schelpping out to water the lawn like all your Luddite neighbors. Where's your sense of pride? You're a geek! You should be using technology to make your life better. Here, we'll help get you started with this Instructable on using Linux to water your lawn!

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  • Sony burns Air Force by killing Linux on the PS3

    Sony burns Air Force by killing Linux on the PS3

    Remember that 2,300 unit PS3 order that the Air Force put together to build a supercomputing cluster? Well, file this one under "unintended consequences" because when Sony killed the "other OS" option on the PS3 they definitely made things difficult.

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  • Linux fragmentation: good or bad?

    Linux fragmentation: good or bad?

    Everyone and their brother can make an Android device, which means that Android is outselling the iPhone. But as some of the comments on John's post point out, device proliferation leads to consumer angst in trying to find the right device to purchase. The same phenomenon has been happening in the Linux market for ages, with consumers trying to figure out whether they need or want Fedora or Ubuntu or OpenSUSE. Fragmentation is a problem, when you look at things in this context; but is the Linux market really that fragmented? Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at the Linux Foundation doesn't think so.

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  • LinuxCon is heading to Brazil in August

    LinuxCon is heading to Brazil in August

    LinuxCon, the big Linux conference put on by the Linux Foundation, is heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil this year. This makes the third location for regional LinuxCon events after Boston, Mass in the U.S.A. an Tokyo, Japan in Asia. Why Brazil? “Brazil leads many other countries in its adoption of Linux and is a growing base of development. The time is right to take the industry’s premier Linux conference to Brazil,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. Full press release inside.

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  • iPhone 3G gets an Android port to call its own (video)

    iPhone 3G gets an Android port to call its own (video)

    You'll recall, studious little gremlins that you are, that we recently saw the venerable first-gen iPhone prancing about with an unusual little green droid providing it with operational commands. Well, the coder behind that project, David Wang, has now stepped his game up to the iPhone 3G, which has been outfitted with an almost complete implementation of Android. Audio support is the last missing piece of the puzzle, but the groundwork has been laid and it too should be ready for some unholy Apple plus Google action within the next few days. Downloadable binaries are currently being prepared, so we thought we'd help you fill the time with a video demo of the port, which may be found just past the break.

    [Thanks, Andrew]

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    iPhone 3G gets an Android port to call its own (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 May 2010 03:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • LinuxCon keynote speakers announced

    LinuxCon keynote speakers announced

    The Linux Foundation has announced the first round of keynote speakers for LinuxCon, their annual Linux conference. The line up this year includes some interesting folks, including Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation, and Ravi Simhambhatla, CIO for Virgin America. In addition to a "Linux Kernel Roundtable" with notable kernel maintainers there will also be a number of mini-summits with focused discussion on specific aspects of Linux development: file systems, KVM, Xen, power management, and more.

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  • Motorola rumored to have acquired Azingo, part of some grander OS plans?

    Motorola rumored to have acquired Azingo, part of some grander OS plans?

    This one isn't official just yet, but if some changes in employment status on LinkedIn is any indication, it looks like Motorola may have recently acquired mobile Linux OS company Azingo. It may not exactly be a major player in the mobile OS field, but its Linux-based Azingo Mobile OS does look to be capable enough (complete with a Webkit-based browser and Flash runtime), and the acquisition is especially interesting in light of some recent comments made by Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha. Back during Moto's Q1 earnings call, he said that he has "always felt that owning your OS is important, provided you have an ecosystem, you have all the services and you have an ability and the scale to execute on keeping that OS at the leading edge," adding that he continues to believe "that at some point, if we have all of those attributes, that owning our own OS will be a very important thing." Is Azingo Mobile that OS? Probably not, but it'll certainly be interesting to see where this leads -- as long as it doesn't lead to something called MOTOZINGO.

    Motorola rumored to have acquired Azingo, part of some grander OS plans? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 May 2010 14:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • PS3 Linux class action lawsuit coming at ya

    PS3 Linux class action lawsuit coming at ya

    Looks like Sony now finds itself on the business end of a class-action lawsuit. You'll recall that a recent PS3 firmware update removed the "Other OS" option from the console, preventing owners from installing Linux (which was one of the selling points when the PS3 first came out in 2006). The removal upset one California gentleman, who filed suit with the note "Sony's decision to force users to disable the Other OS function was based on its own interest and was made at the expense of its customers."

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