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[H]Consumer has an interesting article on-line today that details the author's experience after spending 30 days running Linux.  They performed the experiment because of the common complaint that Vista's hardware requirements and product activation issues are huge turn off, and the claim made by many users on various boards that they plan to "switch to Linux. "Will the consumer really switch to Linux over Vista's annoyances? I believe a few will but the majority won't - this isn't an operating system for the easily frustrated. Certainly the group of people who get easily frustrated at the thought of increased DRM in the Vista system and the group of people who would get frustrated... Read more...
Dell sends word that they are currently in the process of certifying their corporate systems with Novell for use with the Linux open-source operating system. Currently, the plan is to have all OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Dell Precision workstations all certified to ensure their customers will be able to successfully use Linux with their systems. Although this is still a long way from replacing Microsoft as the OS of choice, this is certainly a milestone for all fans of Linux. It's exciting to see the IdeaStorm community's interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice. Your feedback has been all about flexibility and we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms... Read more...
Virtual Windows to Run Unmodified on Linux Device drivers from Novell and Intel allow unmodified Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Intel Virtualization Technology SAN FRANCISCO (InfoWorld Virtualization Executive Forum) - Feb. 12, 2007 - Novell and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of paravirtualized network and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualization Technology. Combined with the existing ability to host unmodified... Read more...
LightScribe gives Linux support but a color-capable version is still in resesarch This week, LightScribe announced a new toolkit for Linux that allows users to install and use (PDF) LightScribe-enabled disc burners to create laser-printed, direct-to-disc designs and labels. The new release is publically available and is free as a SDK. The technology was previously only available to Windows users because of the availability of a proper driver and client-side software. LightScribe is a technology that HP is continuing to develop. The technology allows grayscale images to be burned into the label side of a disc, creating an image that's somewhat like a black and white photograph. The depth of... Read more...
Linux has been enjoying a wealth of publicity on the Desktop at the moment with Canonical, Novell, and Co pushing an image of professionalism for Linux that has been lacking up until now. Down at ground zero however, change moves very slowly and in unexpected (to most of us at least), usually money orientated directions. The Linux Desktop 'revolution' that many of us have been hoping and lobbying for may not come about the way we expected, but we are an adaptable crowd and this is the point of my article. Adaptability. Read more here...  ... Read more...
Bigfoot announces First Linux-based FNApp for the Killer NIC; posts bounty for more To Drive FNApps Development Bigfoot Launches FNApp Bounty Program with more than $15,000 in Cash and Prizes for Linux Developers AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 21, 2006 - Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company announced the first Flexible Network Architecture (FNA.TM) application for the KillerTM Network Interface Card (NIC) to help make online gaming safer and more secure. The new FNApp, called the FNA Firewall, is an embedded Linux-based firewall client application that runs inside the Killer NIC, enabling gamers to turn off their CPU burdening firewall and continue gaming with security and optimal... Read more...
Is this a good or bad development for Microsoft? Novell? Linux? Certainly it is a power grab for Microsoft. After years of discounting open-source alternatives, Microsoft finally admits Linux is not only for real, but that they need to work with it. And what better way than to align with one of the top corporate distributions? And as an added bonus, the two companies will work on compatibility, mentioning specifically Novell developing code to support Microsoft's Office Open XML in OpenOffice. Microsoft will push SUSE. OK, so it is wonderful for Novell. This move instantly makes SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) the Linux of choice for any company that's already invested in Windows.... Read more...
Buying a PC with Linux installed and ready to go -- what an attractive idea. Novell thinks so too, and has announced agreements with four manufacturers to distribute PCs pre-loaded with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. An age of choice in operating systems is upon us and Novell is making sure that choice is becoming easier. R Cubed, a U.S. based vendor, is suppling a low end machine just under $500 dollars and a high machine coming in just over $3500. You can expect to see more rigs setup in similar fashion from major PC vendors in the near future, as evidenced by Lenovo's recent announcement of a Linux based ThinkPad. Roger Levy,... Read more...
Acrosser Technology announces the availability of AR-B1652 a 3.5" Single Board Computer (SBC). It features fanless operation and low power consumption. The integrated VIA S3 ProSavage 4 Graphics core, supports dual independent displays with resolutions up to 1600x1200. The SBC offers numerous peripherals such as 10/100 Ethernet, Audio in/out, USB, UDMA33 IDE interface, RS232/485 interface and CF II slot as SSD solution. With a 3.5" form factor and the above features, it is well suited POS, KIOSK, automation and other applications. "Acrosser Technology is shipping a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) powered by a two-chip Via... Read more...
Hello eveyone. Now that Intel's Core 2 Duo processors have arrived, enthusiast-class motherboards are beginning to hit the streets as well. We've just taken a look at the latest addition to Asus' "Digital Home" family of products, the P5W DH Deluxe. This motherboard exploits almost every feature offered by the 975X Express chipset and is loaded with other integrated peripherals as well. Here's a snip from the article... "Probably one of the best looking motherboards to grace our labs in a long time, the P5W DH Deluxe is what some might call a "totally decked-out" design. Every square inch of the board is packed tight... Read more...
Six to nine months prior to the launch of Intel's Core 2 Duo product line, if you polled the average HotHardware.com reader, regarding their thoughts on an Intel 975X based motherboard, you might well have gotten a luke-warm reception.  Back then AMD's dual core Athlon 64 X2 and FX offerings were in full stride and NVIDIA's nForce 4 chipset found its way into many high-end Desktop systems.  On the contrary, no one would argue that Intel's 975X chipset was not without its own merits for die-hard Intel customers. Let's face it though, without a more efficient and capable CPU under the hood, Intel's market share in both processors and chipsets, was being whittled... Read more...
ATI released a new version of their Linux proprietary drivers today, version 8.28.8. This new version is ATI's first unified 32bit-64bit driver installer for Linux. It automatically recognizes which CPU architecture is being used and installs the appropriate driver. Other new features include display switching support for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad products, retaining display device state between restarts, and support for the ATI Radeon Xpress 1200, 1250 and 1300. The new driver release also fixes the bug that prevented an image from being displayed when a Dell Widescreen UltraSharp 2405FPW was connected via DVI on a system using the X Server. Download the new drivers here. Check... Read more...
ATI has just made their Catalyst v6.7 drivers available for download.  Highlights of the Windows Catalyst 6.7 release include: Enhanced Crossfire Support: This release of Catalyst introduces Enhanced CrossFire Support. The enhanced support allows for CrossFire Alternate Frame Rendering mode for Direct3D applications to be forced on by setting the Catalyst AI slider to the Advanced position. Users are encouraged to enable this setting if they are not seeing significant performance gains in applications when Crossfire is enabled. This enhancement is available for all Direct3D applications except for Direct3D applications known not to work with Alternate Frame Rendering. Highlights of the Linux... Read more...
When AMD launched their AM2 series of processors, the company seeded analysts with test platforms that were built around Asus' M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard.  That says something about the quality of this motherboard.  [H]ard|OCP goes in depth with the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and gives their opinion on what will likely be a popular AM2 mobos with enthusiasts. "The M2N32-SLI Deluxe is ASUS' latest offering supporting the new socket AM2 CPU's . The M2N32-SLI Deluxe supports all current socket AM2 (940) processors including the Athlon 64, Athlon FX, Athlon X2, and Sempron processors. The board supports full speed dual x16 PCI-Express graphics slots, memory up to DDR 2 800MHz speeds officially.... Read more...
When AMD launched their socket AM2 platform, most analysts tested the new CPUs on an Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard because it was part of AMD's NPRP system.  It seems that the folks at VH were so impressed by the board they were compelled to write a standalone review. The quote below says it all. "Ok I know I said I wasn't going to review the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (wireless edition) motherboard when I wrote my AM2 overclocking article. However, I just couldn't help myself because this board is quite simply the most feature-packed motherboard I've ever used."  ... Read more...
Here's something that's bound to get some of you excited. Digital Trends has just posted a review of Sony's UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC), the UX50. It's not quite as small as a PDA, but it's much smaller than a laptop.  Not matter how small it is though, it's definitely cool...I want one... "The entire 4.5" diagonal widescreen display of the UX50 slides up to reveal a full 69-key keyboard, complete with blue backlighting. Keep in mind that imported versions of the UX series use a Japanese keyboard layout, which is the same as the standard US layout with the addition of a few extra buttons and different mapping of the symbols... Read more...
XYZ Computing posted up an article talking about Microsoft's mishaps with Vista, Xbox 360 and Office, as a reason for Linux to take more of the desktop OS market. Not sure what the big problems with Vista are, other than the short release delay, and what Xbox or Office have to do with the OS Market. Looks to me like an anti-microsoft rant from an open source user. What do you all think about Vista or this article? Feel free to comment and discuss this in our forums.  With Microsoft taking a beating because of Vista's problems and delays, it is time for desktop Linux to step up and experience some considerable growth. Right... Read more...
XYZ Computing's EIC, Sal Cangeloso (yet another tech editor whose name ends in a vowel), has posted an editorial regarding the future of Linux's coexistence with Windows. I don't use Linux regularly, but I have experimented with a handful of popular distros just to keep on top of the technology.  If more people did the same, I suspect Linux's market share would be much higher because it is definitely a powerful alternative to Windows.  It's going to be interesting to see what happens when Vista ships, however.  If (and that's a big if) Microsoft delivers on its promises with Vista, some of the main reasons for switching to Linux could be somewhat nullified...... Read more...
Claiming a "triple boot," the open-source project that first claimed the ability to boot OS X and Windows in the same machine has now added Linux to the mix. The open-source project that first came up with a way to dual-boot an Intel-based Mac into either Mac OS X or Windows XP has published instructions on how to add Linux to the mix. "Triple Boot," as the OnMac.net Web site calls it, relies on the newly-released Boot Camp, Apple Computer Inc.'s dual-boot utility that created a major stir when it debuted two weeks ago. The process is involved and not for the technically faint-of-heart, as it "chainloads" Linux from an already-installed... Read more...
DDR2 memory technology has been pushing the envelope in terms of memory clock speeds and tighter latencies as of late. Many enthusiasts were pleased when clock speeds hit the 800MHz mark last year, but Super Talent has eclipsed this mark with its 1GHz 2GB kit we'll be looking at today, the T1000UX2G5. This overclocked, high performance memory kit is geared toward gaming enthusiasts and sports 5-5-5-15 timings.    Super Talent T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 Specifications 1GHz Rated "Super Talent's new T1000UX2G5 is a matched pair of 1GB PC2-8000 DDR2 modules. Every kit built is fully tested on a dual channel motherboard at 1000MHz at 5-5-5-15 latencies to guarantee that it meets... Read more...
Today Microsoft has announced they will provide technical support for running Linux distributions with Windows using their Virtual Server 2005 R2 software. They've also made Virtual Server 2005 R2 a free download, where as they used to charge a fee based on the amount of physical processors.""We've made a long-term commitment to make sure that non-Windows operating systems can be run in a supported manner, both on top of Virtual Server and our future virtualization products," said Zane Adam, director of Windows Server product marketing, in a statement."No joke, it's April 3rd.... Read more...
The recent v1.1 patch for Quake 4 has delivered support for Hyper-Threading and Dual-Core CPUs, however this feature is bound to the Windows operating system. Even so, Linux users can rejoice as the new patch appears to provide a boost in the games performance. "Even though the Linux port remains to support any multi-threaded functions, we were incredibly surprised with the significant performance boosts demonstrated by this game. We will continue to investigate the Quake 4 v1.1 findings we have encountered today and will continue to deliver additional reports permitting any substantial findings. On top of the possible performance boosts, there... Read more...
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