New Products

Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacher's Beautiful Data (O'Reilly)

Take a more esoteric and artistic book to the beach this month with Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacher's new title Beautiful Data from O'Reilly. In a nutshell, the book illustrates how wide-ranging and beautiful working with data can be. Thirty-nine of the best data practitioners in the field explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video. Other topics include the visualization of trends in urban crime using maps and data mashups, how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research and how data processing systems are designed to work within the constraints of space travel.

Daniel James' Free Software for Creative People (Apress)

Get your creative groove on with Daniel James' Free Software for Creative People: Building Digital Media with Blender, GIMP, Scribus, Audacity, and More. Published by Apress, the book is a guide primarily for users of Linux (but also of Windows and Mac OS X!) who want to meet their creative goals without having to pay money for very powerful, world-class tools. Apress calls the book “your university of 2-D and 3-D graphics, and of video-based art and Web presentation”. The book also explains how to chain creative applications together, work cross-platform, share creative work with others, locate software development communities to connect with other creative types and configure Linux systems featuring these applications.

Opengear's IP-KVM1001 KVM-Over-IP Switch

Opengear has added the IP-KVM1001 KVM-Over-IP Switch to its product lineup, a palm-sized KVM-over-IP solution aimed at branch offices, labs, Web-hosting providers and data centers. The company bills the IP-KVM1001 as a cost-effective “Zero U” device for KVM control “at the rack” or remotely over IP, providing full control of systems during bootup, BIOS maintenance or server/OS lockups. The product is browser-based and offers universal connectivity for USB and PS2 interfaces in one unit. Finally, besides virtual media support for transferring files and installing patches and upgrades over IP, the switch offers a serial port for serial console access to switches, routers, firewalls or an external modem for out-of-band access.


James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.