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Marvell's $100 Linux Computer Fits in Your Hand
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 13:09
  Marvell SheevaPlug is small enough to hand from an AC outlet

Shane McGlaun (Blog) - February 25, 2009 12:00 PM

Marvell Semiconductor has announced a new hardware/software development kit that uses Linux and puts the complete Linux-powered computer into a wall outlet hanging receptacle no larger than the power supply you see on many consumer electronics devices. The device is called the SheevaPlug and draws only 5 watts of power.

Marvell says that the SheevaPlug draws about as much power as a night light during use and still packs a 1.2GHz Sheeva ARM compatible processing core, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage. People can buy the devices in single unit quantities for $100, but Marvell says that when bought in bulk, the SheevaPlug can go for as low as about $50 per unit.

Behind the scenes in Microsoft's war against Linux
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 09 February 2009 13:24

 Even as Microsoft has slipped into the mainstream of open source by embedding it in its products and adopting open-source strategies for services such as customer relationship management, it continues its subversive fight against Linux.

February 9, 2009 8:07 AM PST
Posted by Matt Asay
C/Net News

Linux is different, you see. Open source, as Microsoft is starting to recognize, is just another part of its ecosystem, one that it must support, if it wants Windows to continue to be a first-class computing citizen.
The open-source operating system, however, is competition--Microsoft's top competition, if CEO Steve Ballmer's words are to be taken at face value.
In this context, Microsoft's recent patent deal with Brother makes sense. Otherwise, as ZDNet UK opines, it's a deal that causes much head-scratching:



Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Gets Virtual
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 23 January 2009 12:01
The new release is capable of implementing virtual machines on the largest x86 instruction set servers, including those with 126 CPUs and a terabyte of main memory.

By Charles Babcock
January 23, 2009 12:30 PM

Linux can support larger virtual machines in the recent 5.3 release of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Enterprise Linux and has gained the latest Java open source technology in place of Sun's proprietary Java SDK.

Red Hat launched 5.3 Tuesday, eight months after its release of 5.2. "It's usually about six month between releases. This time, we took a little longer" and added major enterprise computing features, said Daniel Riek, RHEL 5.3's manager of product management. [Comments...]
Windows 7 is enough to kill Linux on the desktop
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 09:14

From The Inquirer:

FOR THE PAST three years I have been a Linux fan-boy using Ubuntu most of the time and Windows XP when I needed to play games or run CS desktop lay out stuff.

In a bid to focus my bile on something other than Apple for a bit I decided to play with the new Windows 7 beta. I was disappointed. It was pretty good and, if I am right, could result in the move away from Voleware to Linux and OSX being stopped in in its tracks.

Understanding Canonical's new Linux notification system
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 11:22

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced plans to overhaul desktop notifications.

By Ryan Paul | Published: December 23, 2008 - 06:30AM CT

   A change in status
The project is part of a broader initiative that the company launched earlier this year to boost the usability of the Linux software ecosystem.

Transient visual notifications are employed extensively in desktop applications to provide users with passive updates about application status or system events. Some typical usage scenarios include notifying users when they receive new e-mail, when an instant messaging buddy signs online, or when a CD finishes burning.
The current status of notifications on Linux

AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:49
 Last year when publishing our AMD Year in Review article there were numerous new features to account for, including but not limited to the new OpenGL driver, support for Compiz, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition.

Published on December 15, 2008
Written by Michael Larabel


This year has been another interesting year for AMD's Linux efforts on both the open and closed fronts. We are focusing on their Catalyst driver efforts in this article, which has picked up support for CrossFire, is now capable of being overclocked with OverDrive, and AMD is now delivering same-day Linux product support. In this article we will recap some of the highlights from the Catalyst driver releases this year as well as set out on a benchmarking extravaganza.  [Comments...]

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