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March 18, 2010

Google and Linux are coming to your TV

by @ 10:02 am. Filed under Hardware, Linux News

Google is coming to your TV sometime soon and it’s going to be using Linux to get there.

“In what may have been Google’s worst kept secret in years, Google, along with its partners, Intel, Logitech and Sony, is on its way to delivering the Web to your television. What will they be using to do this? Why, they’ll be using Google’s Android Linux, of course.

Android is an embedded Linux that Google has already been deploying in phones like its own Nexus One and Motorola’s Devour and Droid. But Android has always been more than just a smartphone operating system; it’s also been used in netbooks and other devices. So taking it to a TV set-top box was an easy move for Google and its hardware friends.

In fact, Linux has long been a part of the TV set-top box scene. TiVo, one of the first and some would argue still the best DVR (digital video recorder) uses Linux. Many other DVRs and TV set-top boxes use it as well.

With Google TV, Google will likely be supplying Android as well as Web content from both outside video sources and its own, such as YouTube. Here, we don’t know what’s Google is up to, but I would be a very happy guy if they’d let me get to Hulu, Netflix, and Revision 3 on my television. “

Read the rest of “Google and Linux are coming to your TV”

Original News Source:Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold

Linux the target of unethical patent war?

by @ 7:10 am. Filed under Linux News, M$ Exposed, tech news

It seems that Linux is now being licensed by M$? How does something like that happen? First, Microsoft files patents on nearly everything under the sun, many of which they do not rightfully deserve, but took from other places. Then, they claim that Linux infringes upon “their” patents. Then, they force companies into licensing agreements where said companies are paying M$ royalties for using Linux.

First, Novell sleeps with the devil. Now, M$ even has Amazon convinced that they need to license Linux from them. They aren’t the only ones, either.

*blank stare*

Apparently, I’m missing something. I was quite sure that Torvalds and Stallman began the whole GNU/Linux thing.

They did it *LONG* before Microsoft’s frivolous hey-day of patent filing. I mean, let’s be realistic here. They didn’t invent the Graphical User Interface, or what started out as what we now know as the windowing system. Or the mouse, for that matter. You think they invented the “My Documents” idea? No way. That came from the /home/username convention of Unix. What about the “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” file? Nope, another rip-off from another operating system that came before anything M$ ever did.

Even if you love Windows, you have to at least agree that M$ are severely abusing their size, money, and influence to bully around smaller companies (gee, that’s new) more than they ever have before. Maybe we’re just used to them doing that. Maybe we are a bunch of drones that just accept what “The Microsoft” has spoken.

Come on, people. Do not sign patent deals with M$ regarding Linux. They do not own it. Their patents are baloney. You could probably quite easily prove that a large part of them aren’t even valid (i.e., prior art existed).

Read more about this fully unethical phenomena:

Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

Microsoft licensing Linux

Microsoft, Amazon Sign IP Licensing Deal

Microsoft and I-O Data Sign Linux Patent Deal

November 19, 2009

ChromeOS Concept Video

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under Linux News

Looks nice!!

SCO finally dies

by @ 1:24 am. Filed under Linux News

Coming in from ZDNet, music to my ears… Daryl McBride is canned from SCO. No more President/CEO for SCO. Apparently, some one must have finally taken the red pill.


“Remember SCO?

Back when I started writing about open source and Linux, in 2005, you couldn’t swing a cat without catching someone with an opinion about SCO.

SCO claimed Linux was infringing its patentscopyright. SCO claimed it owned Linux. SCO sued IBM.

CORRECTION: Microsoft claims patent rights on Linux code. The SCO case was about copyright.

Once SCO built a railroad of lawsuits, made it race against time. Now it’s done.

As quietly as possible last week, through a required SEC filing, SCO quietly canned CEO Darl McBride, the architect of its audacious ‘better luck through lawsuits’ business plan.

They didn’t just ease the man out. They eliminated the positions of CEO and president, which McBride held. The top name on the org chart is now COO Jeff Hunsaker (above), whose background includes stints at WordPerfect, Novell and Corel (so he knows from failure).

Anyone have a few words they want to say over the body?”

OK, it wasn’t an excerpt. It was the whole thing. You can’t prune news as beautiful as this.


November 17, 2009

Linux powers the fastest computers on the planet

by @ 12:54 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

Good old Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols. Excellent article, man. Linux is taking the recordbooks by storm according to his latest article.

He says,”Once upon a time, supercomputers used special vector model processors to achieve their remarkable speeds. Then, at the dawn of the 21st century, people began working out how to achieve record-breaking computer speed by linking hundreds or thousands of commercial microprocessors running Linux and connected with high-speed networking in MPP (massively parallel processor) arrays. The supercomputing world has never been the same. Today, Linux rules supercomputing.

The latest ‘Top 500 supercomputer’ list of the fastest computers on the planet makes that abundantly clear. Broken down by operating system, this latest ranking has 469 of the top 500 running one kind of Linux or another.

To be exact, 391 are running their own house brand of Linux. Sixty-two are running some version of Novell’s SUSE Linux, including such variants as UNICOS/lc and CNL (Compute Node Linux). Red Hat and its relatives, including CentOS, come in second with 16 supercomputers.”

Read Linux powers the fastest computers on the planet

August 6, 2009

Linux is a threat – M$

by @ 3:37 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, M$ Exposed, wallpapers, War


You know Microsoft would only say something like this if there was absolutely no other alternative. They are marketing experts, not software experts. And apparently, the software experts that contribute to Linux have created an OS superior enough that, with little to no marketing/advertising, it enjoys a quickly-expanding install base.


“While Linux on servers is a well-established market among business customers, Linux as a viable alternative to Windows on PCs has never taken off. However, the emergence of the netbook as a low-cost, smaller form factor to the traditional notebook PC has certainly changed that, so much so that Microsoft lately has been pushing a lightweight notebook as an alternative to netbooks, Helm said.”

Read Microsoft acknowledges Linux threat

Celebratory wallpaper:

Linux threat

Click for full-sized wallpaper.

December 9, 2008

Linux Worthy of Any Economy

by @ 7:03 am. Filed under Linux News

Linux Logo

I found this spectacular article on reasons to consider Linux in a down economy. Actually, they work in any economy. Take a look:

10. Value – Linux has value to a worldwide group of consumers. It runs most of the world’s mission critical websites and is the platform of choice for server virtualization.

9. Less Hardware Overhead – You can still run world class websites, applications, and services on a machine that is outdated by today’s standards. And you have the added bonus of being able to outrun those applications compared to their Windows counterparts.

8. Active Development – Linux is actively developed meaning that new hardware drivers are available as soon as a new device hits the market and improvements are being made on a daily basis to the kernel and supporting code. No need to wait two or three years for the next belated and bloated version from the other guys.

7. Choice – Linux gives you a choice to do things differently and better in your home, office, or data center. Having a choice is good for consumers because it means that vendors and programmers are trying to get your attention by creating quality products for you to use. Competition creates better products and services which is a boon to you and your budget.

6. Multiple Distributions – I’ve heard this one used as a negative part of a campaign by Microsoft claiming that there are too many Linux distributions. Balderdash! Having a system that meets any need from cell phones and wristwatches to supercomputers is just what we need to solve the problems at hand. Having only one distribution is like needing to build a house but finding only a screwdriver in your toolbox.

5. Open Source Model – The Open Source Development model helps everyone in the Linux community from end users to other developers all the way up to C-level executives. The way in which this model helps is that all development is open and source code is available for all to see and improve upon. You can create applications and alter the Operating System itself for any purpose.

4. Available Development Community – Want to contact the developers who created a particular application, protocol, or service? You can. You can submit bug reports, email them directly, and in some cases speak directly to them on the phone. You can even submit your own code that will be included in a major distribution. You have real input to Linux and Open Source software.

3. Unix Stability – Linux is based on Unix and shares its multi-tasking, multi-user, and stable kernel and filesystem structures. For mission-critical environments, you need this kind of stability. Stability means not only that you don’t have to reboot the machine for software installations, driver updates, or even network changes but also that you’ll enjoy uptimes measured in years not days.

2. Compatibility – The old argument was that Linux wasn’t compatible with Windows but through the magic of Samba (File and Printer sharing), Wine, and Cygwin; Linux and Windows are very interoperable and can share files, applications, and services.

1. Commercial Support – Another old complaint from the Redmond camp was that Linux is supported by a bunch of amateurs and part-timers. Red Hat, Novell, Xandros, IBM, HP, Dell, Canonical, and others have thrown their significant financial and human resources behind Linux. Linux has commercial support–even from Microsoft.

Read “10 Reasons To Choose Linux in a Bad Economy”

December 6, 2008

Red Hat Cuts Their Own Holiday Party, Donates 800,000 Meals

by @ 7:29 pm. Filed under Linux News

Red Hat Linux Donates to Food Bank

Red Hat has set an example for us this Christmas season. Plans were made for a no-holds-barred holiday party. Instead, they decided to donate funds, food, and even coats. They are donating enough money to pay for 800,000 meals at the chosen food bank, Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest). Economic troubles, resulting in fewer philanthropic donations, created a need. Red Hat rose to the occasion. Hats off to them for setting a great example for the rest of us. What a miracle and blessing it would be for many of other corporations followed in their footsteps.


“She (DeLisa Alexander) declined to say how much money Red Hat will donate, but it’s enough to pay for about 800,000 meals at food banks run by Feeding America. In the Triangle, the group runs the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.”

“Red Hat workers also are organizing canned food drives and other efforts in conjunction with the food bank donation. In Raleigh, executives will give cash for every 500 cans collected, Alexander said. Again, she declined to name a dollar amount. The company’s Dallas office is organizing a coat drive.”

Read the rest of the story: Red Hat Chooses Food Bank Over Festivities

September 12, 2008

Linux Growing Faster Than Ever

by @ 9:07 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News

Linux is continuing to grow with much momentum. One of the reasons that this is the case is because non-technical users who don’t want to learn Linux can use it without having to learn it. In other words, Linux has become much more intuitive and user-friendly. Especially distributions like Ubuntu and OpenSUSE. Plus, it’s just better than everything else. *wink*


“47% of respondents said they would use or evaluate Linux in the coming year, with lower cost as the primary driver. But the largest percentage said they had no further plans to migrate from Unix to Linux, indicating that future Linux growth would be at the expense of other platforms. In response to a different question, 23% said that whenever possible they would migrate from Windows to Linux, and another 16% said that to avoid a Windows upgrade, they would migrate to Linux. Also expanding Linux use in the data center is a sharp projected upswing in use for its built-in virtualization. Although Red Hat and SUSE Xen-based virtualization tally only about 2.5% apiece of deployments currently, respondents’ projections for the technology climb steeply to 10% for Red Hat and 5% for SUSE over the next year.”

Take a look at “Is Linux growing at Windows’ or Unix’s expense?.”

September 10, 2008

Linux Running on Large Hadron Collider

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

“The most powerful physics project in the history of the known universe – The $10 Billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC)- shot its first light speed beam this morning around its 27 km circuit. Beyond the 20 years it took to build and half of all the world’s astrophysicists, it also takes another key ingredient to make LHC work — Linux.” How much better could you say it?

Not only that, we have a screenshot of their Linux usage. Apparently, they are using KDE, the best desktop environment there is:

LHC using KDE on Linux
Click for larger image

Read “Large Hadron Collider – powered by Linux.”

August 15, 2008

Dell Making Instant-On Linux Machines

by @ 10:43 am. Filed under Dell, General Linux, Linux News

Dell is sure making moves in the right direction with Linux! They have a new machine that is essentially “instant-on” and gives you access to email and the Internet without booting the entire Linux operating system.

Excerpt from Tectonic:

“The really interesting news for Linux fans, however, was Dell’s new “Latitude ON” system which allows for almost instant-on booting when you want to check an email or something on the Internet without booting the entire operating system.”

Read more about these Linux machines from Tectonic

A CrunchGear article explains more:

“By using a secondary processor with its own Linux based OS, the primary CPU is bypassed for instant access to a variety of functions. Think BlackBerry style. Contacts, calendar, email – that kind of stuff – opened up directly on your laptop without firing up the whole system. The dedicated sub-system should also preserve battery life by avoiding the power drain of larger applications.”

Read more about the Linux-powered Dell Latitude E4200 and E4300 from Crunchgear

May 30, 2008

Linux-powered Google Android demo

by @ 6:54 am. Filed under embedded, Linux News

I can only say, “wow” to this. Heh, is all that even possible? Check out how the guy navigates the web.

Seeing what Android can do really makes me appreciate even more how incredible Linux is. The functionality in this next video is absolutely beautiful:

May 29, 2008 News : Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1

by @ 3:26 pm. Filed under Linux News, SUSE News, SUSE releases

From the openSUSE News room, an announcement!!!

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The good news is that we’re closing in on the final release of 11.0, but it’s not time to relax just yet. We’re getting really close, so we need all hands on deck to help test this release candidate. Since beta 3 we’ve fixed 578 bugs and resolved 1,118 bugs! Read on to see how you can help get 11.0 into top shape.

Digg this story!

KDE on openSUSE 11.011.0YaST Software ManagementopenSUSE 11.0

Information and Download

The first step is to download the release candidate. Please remember that RC1 is not a stable release. As a release candidate, openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 is almost ready for day to day use, but may still have some interesting bugs that make it unsuitable for running a production system. Be sure to have backups of any important data before using openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 on a system.

Media and Download

You can download openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 for x86, x86_64, and PPC at Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

Most Annoying Bugs

This is a list of the most annoying bugs, that we’re aware of, that still exist in the release candidate.


  • GRUB config broken for other partitions. Bug #395085
  • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch


  • GNOME asks for the root password on first login. Bug 390658
  • GNOME has wrong icon theme by default. Bug 391865

See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

Call for Testing

To help testing, take a look at, and the Feature Test List page. The Feature Test List page includes a definitive list of new features included in openSUSE 11.0.

We need to test these features in particular, so please look through the features on the page, pick one that has not yet had its test completed, and make sure it passes. If not, be sure to file a bug in Bugzilla and mark the test “failed.” See the full instructions on the Feature Test List page.

Comments, Feedback, and Helping

With RC1, openSUSE 11.0 is almost ready for release, but we can still use help with testing before the official release. This is a great chance to contribute to openSUSE, by filing bug reports, testing features, and giving feedback to the openSUSE developers.

Here’s a few ways to help:

  • Report bugs: If you do find a bug, be sure to report it in Bugzilla using the procedure given on
  • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the (subscribe) mailing list. Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.
  • Let the world know! Be sure to spread the word about openSUSE 11.0! Blog about it, tell your Linux User Group, start planning a Launch Party — whatever you can do to let the world know about openSUSE 11.0!

Thanks to all the developers and contributors for all the hard work that’s gone into openSUSE 11.0 so far, we’ve come a long way and only have a little more work to do before we have a final release. Fire up openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 and have a lot of fun!

March 20, 2008

Finally a Wine 1.0?

by @ 4:22 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

Things are looking good for folks wanting to switch to Linux without having to give up their Windows apps. Wine 1.0 is scheduled for a release in June. What does this mean?

Well, one of the primary focuses of this release is to work well with Photoshop. This is something that we’ve known for a couple of years, ever since I put together the Request an App Survey for Novell in January of 2006 (results here). Without question, the number one requested app was Photoshop. Apparently, for this reason, Google has provided some funding for the Wine folks.

Another hangup for people switching to Linux seems to be gaming support. I’d guess that the 1.0 release of Wine would likely support more games than it does now, or at least better support for the current list.

What will the Wine 1.0 release mean? Very likely, I would guess, more Windows users moving to Linux. Which is “A Good Thing.”

Read more about the Wine 1.0 release here

February 5, 2008

Linux Used by All Branches of U.S. Military

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under Linux migrations, Linux News

Army Tux

I thought it was cool to see another Linux adoption story, this time by the U.S. Army. One of the best quotes from this article:

“Red Hat 5 will link Linux with Microsoft and allow FCS forces to link with other brigade combat teams,” the Army official said. “This will be an interim solution because over the long haul, eventually all of the Army’s networks will be Linux-based.”

They plan eventually to have the whole thing running Linux.

Actually, Linux is being employed currently by all of the branches of the U.S. Military.

U.S. Army

Wind River wins Boeing deal with Army
Linux headed into Boeing antisub aircraft
Linux helps RTOS vendor win major defense contract
Linux in Camouflage
LynuxWorks: A case study in combat-ready Linux

U.S. Navy

Linux in Government: OSS in the US Navy?
Powerful Linux OS-based SGI system to serve as U.S. military computing prototype

U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps

Linux getting widespread support from government
The Penguin Continues Its March

U.S. Air Force and Army – Linux clusters gear up for simulated combat

U.S. Department of Defense – IBM To Build Supercomputer for US Military

Pentagon & Department of Defense – OF ARMS AND LINUX

Army National Guard – Army National Guard Using Linux

Autonomous Military Ground Vehicle

Linux powers autonomous military ground vehicle
Commercial Linux to power military drone

U.S. Military – US Military Testing IBM Speech Translation Technology

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