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Ubuntu chief: Oracle Linux has 'tactical value'
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 21 October 2006 08:57

Read the full story at CNET:

'Oracle has the ability to support Linux, and doing so could have "tactical value" for the database company, the founder of Ubuntu Linux--and a potential Oracle partner--said Friday.

"I don't think Oracle is going to make large amounts of money selling support for Linux. I don't think it will ever be a high-margin, high-profit, exciting growth business for them. It's becoming more and more of a commodity," Mark Shuttleworth, founder and chief executive of Ubuntu developer Canonical, told CNET on Friday.

"But that doesn't mean there isn't some tactical value to them in influencing or playing in the space," he said.'

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Yellow Dog Linux gets ready to bite the PS3
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 12:17

Ever since it was announced that the upcoming Sony PS3 would run with an embedded Linux kernel, thanks to the Cell processor, my digital heart has been all a flutter.

So when I read this morning that a full fledged Linux distro for the PS3 will launching come November of this year (just when the PS3 would launch), I was more than happy to say the least. Terra Soft Solutions has been hard at work porting its Yellow Dog PowerPC Linux to the PS3 platform.

Story continues at The Register.

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Yellow Dog Linux kennel  

Robot backers turn to Linux
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 15 July 2006 19:09

"What the world needs now, according to a Japanese research group, is a low-cost programmable robot.

To spur more development of robots at the hobbyist level, Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is promoting a humanoid creature named HRP-2m Choromet. One problem with current robots, AIST says, is that they tend to be little more than remote-controlled devices. Another is that getting beyond that evolutionary stage tends to take a lot of cash."

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AOL aims Open AIM SDK at embedded Linux devices
Written by Gizmo   
Sunday, 18 June 2006 10:26

Linux Devices reports "AOL this week extended its Open AIM initiative to include support for AIM Bots, location-based services, and PC-to-PC voice calling. The updated SDK also now includes support for developers targeting Linux, Windows Mobile, Mac OS X, and Java."

According to the article, AOL decided last March that opening its AIM chat network up to outside developers was a Good Thing, and released the SDK to facilitate developers in creating plugins and applications to work with it.  This update expands on that original SDK.

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Seven-ounce "wrist PC" runs Linux
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 06:52

A European embedded computing specialist has announced a wrist-worn wearable computer that runs embedded Linux or Windows CE. Eurotech's WWPC ("wrist-worn PC") offers a wealth of standard PC interfaces, along with several innovative wearable-specific features, the company claims. It targets emergency rescue, security, healthcare, maintenance, logistics, and "many other" applications.

Read more about this at LinuxDevices.



So, what do you think?  Is this the wave of the future, or just cool (or geeky) stuff?  Tell us, in the forums! 

$100 Linux based laptop
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 15:46

Apart from the hand crank on the side it looks and behaves much like any other laptop on the market. The big difference is the price.

At $100 (€85, £58), this notebook computer, the prototype of which was unveiled on Wednesday in Tunis, costs about a 10th of the price of the average open-market model.

Article HERE.

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