Linux Product Insider: Myah OS 3.0

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features Myah OS, Intalio's user conference, Movial's IXS Toolkit, the book Blender 3D Architecture, Buildings and Scenery, PIKA's telephony appliances and ACT/Technico's SATA PMCDisk.

Here is this week's Linux product news:

Myah OS 3.0
You just gotta love all of the cool distros out there for the taking. One of the newest is Myah OS 3.0, which creator Jeremiah Cheatham describes as a Linux system ready "to do just about anything right out of the box without any hassle." Myah OS offers full support for watching and editing videos, Web-page creation and software development. Furthermore, Myah OS includes a complete set of user-friendly system administration tools to that let the user know when updates are available. Xfce is the default desktop, and lighter versions are also available.

Intalio's User Conference
Intalio users take heed, as you are invitage to make a pilgrimage to the first Intalio user conference, to be held June 17-18, 2008 at the W Hotel in San Francisco, California. Intalio is a popular, open-source business process management (BPM) application. The conference will include over 16 hours of training in workshops ranging from performance tuning of an Intalio|Server to how to run a successful BPM project. Intalio will also introduce the latest features of the forthcoming Intalio|BPMS 5.2, and Intalio's many business partners and other industry experts will be on hand.

Movial's IXS Toolkit for Rapid Mobile Device User Interface Development
The Movial IXS Toolkit is a new Linux-based solution designed to allow Web developers and designers to rapidly create mobile device user interfaces using common Web-based technologies. The application is based on TI's OMAP3430 processor, whose advanced Graphics Accelerator enable "capable user interfaces that provide new, value added and differentiated services and superior user experiences" says Movial. The IXS toolkit addresses the goals of handset vendors seeking to release smartphones every 3-6 months and operators looking to provide subscribers with novel offerings, and thus minimizes the overhead of the user interface development cycle. Web developers and designers can now leverage familiar Web publishing tools and the latest Web 2.0, Ajax JavaScript and XML technologies to deliver compelling UIs and offer Internet services like Google Maps and GPS.

Allan Brito's Blender 3D Architecture, Buildings and Scenery (Packt)
For a while, the only books on Blender were general references. Now our ambitious open-source publishers are covering specific uses for this immensely popular, multi-platform, open-source 3D content creation suite. The latest example is Allan Brito's Blender 3D Architecture, Buildings and Scenery from Packt Publishing. This book will show the reader how to create realistic architectural models in Blender. These include natural scenery, landscapes, plants, various weather conditions and environmental factors, as well as building materials such as wood, metal, brick, and more. The book also explores how to add people to different scenes and objects to an existing photograph or video. The printed book is black and white, while the downloaded version includes color imagery. Also look for Tony Mullen's Bounce, Tumble, and Splash! Simulating the Physical World with Blender 3D from Sybex, coming in July 2008.

PIKA Technologies WARP Telephony Appliances
The trend towards IT appliances is unyielding, including in the telephony space due to new products like PIKA Technologies WARP Telephony Appliances. The two new products - Appliance for Asterisk and the Appliance for Linux - are smaller-sized and lower-cost alternatives to the traditional deployment platform of an off-the-shelf computer with plug-in voice boards and are built for voice-application deployment. PIKA says that they are "ideal for deploying small-medium sized IP-PBX systems, integrated voice response (IVR) self-service systems, predictive dialing systems, fax servers" and more. The company claims that the product's users will get the same functionality at a fraction of the cost and with a smaller, more reliable footprint.

ACT/Technico's SATA PMCDisk
Just off the news wire today is ACT/Technico' SATA PMCDisk, a RoHS-compliant, SATA-based mass storage PMC that replaces hard drives and disk modules that require external fixtures or system slots. For applications requiring moderate data storage, the SATA PMCDisk eliminates the need for SCSI-based storage while offering improved data transfer rates. The module can be used as a boot device as well. Available with either rotating or solid state flash SATA drives, the SATA PMCDisk can be used on any CompactPCI, VMEbus or VXS single board computer or carrier with a standard PMC slot, making the module suited for embedded systems in such industries as telecom, medical and industrial. Extended temperature versions are also available for more rugged environments, such as airborne and rugged ground applications. The 2.5" hard disk comes in storage sizes from 40 GB to 250 GB and the 2.5" flash drive is available up to 128 GB; software drivers for Linux, VxWorks, Solaris and Windows are included.

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