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What happens after TV's mainframe era ends next February?

Remember television? For most of its history, TV wasn't cable, satellite or YouTube. It was radio with low-res moving pictures. more>>

Nicaragua Libre

They forgot to tell me but somewhere in my neighborhood Ubuntu Linux has moved in. With the number of seats they are talking about it is not "just a little town". Ok, I followed the link to his previous post and the town is Jalapa. more>>

ISO Sets PDF as Default

If you've been looking for an open and standard format for exchanging documents, search no more, as yesterday brought the official ISO approval of Adobe's Portable Document Format as an international standard. more>>

It's Official: Firefox is Huge

Everyone already knows that the Firefox World Record attempt went over like Fourth of July fireworks — so much so that they blew the boxen away — but the big finish has finally arrived: Guinness has certified Download Day 2008 as a world record. more>>

Data Manipulation with Sprog

I don't think I know anyone who relishes the task of data manipulation, and I'm certainly not different. Some of the more complicated manipulations pose a briefly satisfying technical challenge, but in the end, data manipulation is boring. more>>

Barracuda Bites Back

The ongoing patent battle between Trend Micro and Barracuda Networks — a case that has galvanized the Open Source community in defense of the ClamAV project — took a new turn yesterday as Barracuda filed a coutersuit against Trend Micro seeking damages for infringement of their own set of patents. more>>

Time to school the FCC on what "free" really means

It's time to get ornery again with the FCC. Fortunately, they're asking for it, by soliciting comment on this FCC rulemaking proposal for "Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz Bands.

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Netgear Routes Open Source to the Router

In what is being called the first out-of-the-box Open Source router, Netgear yesterday announced the immediate availability of the WFR614L Router, complete with an entirely Open Source firmware package. more>>

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An Open Video to HP

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Shawn Powers has a message for hardware vendors. Listen up! more>>

Everything's Bigger – and Stranger – in Texas

There are a lot of things you want to have if you're going into the computer service business: quality tools, generous liability coverage, a basic idea of how computers work. If you're planning to open up shop in Texas, though, you'll be needing something else: a private investigator's license. more>>

Xandros Speaks Out: Inside the Linspire Deal

Early reports yesterday alleged that Xandros had secretly purchased Linspire, an accusation later confirmed by Xandros executives. We now have fresh details on the deal, straight from the mouth of Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros and freshly installed President of Linspire. more>>

Out Patenting the Patent Trolls

The latest effort to outwit the spate of sham companies extorting patent royalties is a group effort to cross the bridge before the trolls can get there. more>>

HP Edging Closer to EDS

Hewlett-Packard inched closer to matching IBM's command of the tech market yesterday with the announcement that the U.S. investigation into the company's acquisition of Electronic Data Systems has ended with a thumbs up from Uncle Sam. more>>

Linux Product Insider: IronKey Secure Flash Drives

This "Linux Product Insider" features IronKey Secure Flash Drives, Jedox's Palo spreadsheet server, Tony Mullen's new Blender book, Hyperic's CloudStatus, Syuzi Pakhchyan's Fashioning Technology and Joel Spolsky's More Joel on Sofware. more>>

A Secret Xandros-Linspire Pact?

A report surfaced yesterday from a minority shareholder and former Linspire exec that the company has secretly sold itself to Xandros. more>>

ICANN Gives In To Vanity – For A Price

If you've ever wanted your very own top-level domain — ima.geek or noobs2.pwn — it's you're lucky day, because the guardians of the internet have opened the floodgates — provided you've got the cash. more>>

Nokia Open Sources Symbian

Nokia — the pulp-miller cum cellphone powerhouse — made a bold stroke for the Open Source world last week when they announced the purchase of Symbian Ltd. — then gave away its flagship product. more>>

Audio/Visual Synthesis For Linux: The New Art, Part 1

The Linux Journal recently published an article I wrote on Jean-Pierre Lemoine's AVSynthesis, a program designed for artists working with the computer as a medium for the synthesis of image and sound. I'm fascinated by that program, so I decided to research the existence of similar software. This article presents the current findings from that research. more>>

Everex Opens Up to Newmarket

Ultra-low-cost Linux laptop maker Everex — best known for the Cloudbook, a competitor to the popular EeePC from Asus — has attracted itself attention, and a buyout, from an emerging player in emerging markets. more>>

Pucker Up: LiMo Gets LiPS

The Mobile Linux market became a slightly more intimate group last week, as the parallel-path LiMo Foundation and LiPS Forum — that's Linux Phone Standards, you know — announced their merger into a single, powerhouse producer. more>>