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Links 08/08/2008: More Ubuntu PCs from Dell, Apple Back Doors

Posted in News Roundup at 8:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Tiny, 6-chip ‘open’ computer runs Linux

    Embedded designer Paul Thomas is showcasing a tiny, open-sourced computer at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week. Would-be “Linuxstamp” enthusiasts can obtain pre-built boards for the hefty sum of $120 directly from Thomas, or they can download the design for free and build it themselves.

  • Dell now ships XPS and Studio notebook with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 factory installed

    Dell has launched an XPS and Studio notebook with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 factory installed.

  • Linux Foundation launches killer development tool
  • Gentoo 2008.0: Return to greatness?

    Has Gentoo gotten its act together? Only time will tell, but it sure looks like Gentoo is back on the right path. I’m sticking with it.

  • Rugged handheld offers SPI expansion

    New Zealand company Aceeca International has announced a ruggedized handheld computer that runs Linux. The Meazura MEZ1500 has a Marvell PXA270 processor, and a proprietary “MZIO” expansion slot that carries SPI (serial peripheral interface) signals, allowing the attachment of custom A/D (analog/digital) converter modules.

  • Ubuntu Mobile Edition: Review

    The mobile Internet device (MID) space is one of the fastest growing platforms with new concept designs appearing every month. Nokia was one of the earliest vendors with a product (Nokia 770) in this space to ship with a Linux operating system (OS) and continues to see solid sales with the current model 810. New concept designs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and many sport a Linux OS.



  • Portrait: Michelle Murrain lives the open source lifestyle

    Ten years ago Murrain was teaching biology and public health at Hampton College in Massachusetts, when she was recruited to help a small nonprofit get a server up on the Internet. It didn’t have enough money to afford host-provided email and a Web site, so Murrain helped the organization out with Linux.

  • Being Debian leader can be ‘scary at times’

    “We do have our occasional heated discussions, we have 1000+ developers and that sometimes means on any given topic, we may have 2000 opinions. There’s no telling people this is what we’re going to do, it’s more of the consensus approach. If i tried anything without a reasonable amount of backing from the developers, I’ll probably get shot,” he said with a chuckle when I met him at the British International Motor Show in London last month.



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