Asus has named the upcoming additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one system and a TV. The details are as follows:
a) E-DT – Desktop PC, No Monitor – Cost between $200-300.
b) E-Monitor – 19-21″ screen all in one desktop computer like iMac – Cost around $499.
c) E-TV – 42″ Plasma with computer technology on board running Linux.
More information available here. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap TV / Pc?
Recently, Sun acquired MySQL for USD 1 billion. Today Trolltech announced that they have entered into an agreement that Nokia to acquire Trolltech for USD 150 million. Congratulations, Eirik, Haavard and the crew.
Trolltech created Qt, a multi-platform C++ Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) framework which also includes packages such as data structures and a networking library. The popular free Unix desktop environment KDE uses. From the press release:
Nokia and Trolltech ASA today announced that they have entered into an agreement that Nokia will make a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech (www.trolltech.com), a company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Trolltech is a recognized software provider with world-class software development platforms and frameworks. In addition to the key software assets, its talented team will play an important role in accelerating the implementation of Nokia’s software strategy.
Nokia will offer NOK 16 per share in cash. The board of directors of Trolltech has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept Nokia’s Offer. Holders of 35,024,830 shares, representing approximately 66,43 % of Trolltech’s issued shares and votes have as of January 27, 2008 irrevocably undertaken to accept the Offer. Haavard Nord, Vuonislahti Invest AS (controlled by Eirik Chambe-Eng), Teknoinvest and certain funds managed by Index Ventures are among the shareholders who have agreed to tender their shares to Nokia.
A team of electrical and computer engineering students at Calvin College is designing a digital electronic stethoscope running uClinux (pronounced “you-see-linux”) as its operating system. The team has chosen the Coldfire MCF5275 Microprocessor from Freescale. This is a 32-bit microprocessor with built-in USB Device, Ethernet, harware encryption, and eMAC. The eMAC (Enhanced Multiply Accumulate Unit) allows the processor to perform the intensive calculations required to do digital filtering and audio compression.The team has decided to use ÂµClinux as the project operating system. ÂµClinux is a very small (1 MB) open-source Linux operating system that will run from flash memory. The team has successfully compiled the ÂµClinux kernel and is running it on the development board.
(Fig 01: Simple, accurate, and easy to use electronic stethoscope! [Image credit – project home page])
The device is in its early stages of development and the project proposal and feasibility study is completed.
This short guide explains how to use Bluetooth to pair a mobile phone with a Linux desktop computer and use Bitpim to access phone data:
My desktop computer doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth support, so I used a cheap USB Bluetooth adapter. I started by installing GNOME’s Bluetooth tools. On Ubuntu, that is the gnome-bluetooth package. I also installed the gnome-vfs-obexftp package, which makes it possible to use GNOME’s file manager to transfer files between your computer and a Bluetooth-enabled phone that supports the Object Exchange (OBEX) protocol.
Iâ€™m currently working on a small project. I came across cool software called LCDproc. If you have HD44780-based display you can build really cool system for just US $15.
LCDproc is a piece of software that displays real-time system information from your Linux/*BSD box on a LCD. The server supports several serial devices: Matrix Orbital, CrystalFontz, Bayrad, LB216, LCDM001, Wirz-SLI, Cwlinux(.com) and PIC-an-LCD; and some devices connected to the LPT port: HD44780, STV5730, T6963, SED1520 and SED1330. Various clients are available that display things like CPU load, system load, memory usage, uptime, and a lot more. CDproc supports Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Darwin and Solaris (beta support). LCDproc cycles through several screens of information. The screen order and display duration can be configured at run-time.
Above is the CPU Utilization screen displays the system’s current CPU utilization. These values are the normal values reported by Linux. The percentage in the title bar is the sum of all non-idle cycles, and the bar graph at the bottom of the display reflects this percentage.
I did used Motorola RAZR V3 for sometime in 2006 before I dropped it into a swimming pool 🙁 The new RAZR 2 has a bigger screen, better UI, quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE and Linux platform. OSnews has published a review for the new RAZR 2 V8:
The RAZR2 V8 is a quad-band GSM and EDGE phone, it features two 240×320 TFT screens (one internal 2.2″ and one external touchscreen 2.0″), 512 MBs internal storage out of which 420 MBs are accessible, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, a microUSB charging/data/audio port, and a 2 MP camera without flash. The V8 came with a headset, a British-style charger (PureMobile added to the package both a converter and a mini-USB Motorola-branded charger), a microUSB 2.0 data cable, CDs and manuals, and a 770 mAh Li-Ion battery.
It is believed that it is one of the most popular cell phones around the world. And now it has been updated to run Linux. There is also V9 model with 2Mp camera and a full HTML browser. I want one. I might get this one or may be Apple iPhone.
The ASUS Eee PC is an upcoming series of ultra-portable laptops designed by Intel and ASUSTeK, aimed at the consumer market. According to ASUS, the name derives from “the three Es”: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience
ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. It is powered by Linux.
Both the price and the size of the devices are relatively small in comparison to similar devices, such as Ultra-Mobile PCs. The Eee series is viewed partly as a response to the XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child initiative.
The Eee PC is running a version of Intel’s 910 mobile chipset, it uses a 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M CPU, it has 512MB of DDR2 memory, full 802.11g wireless capability, and a flash-based hard drive. There will be at least two different models of the Eee PC, with the $199 version using a 4GB flash hard drive and the $299 version using a 8GB drive.
Cheap Linux Laptop Specs
1. CPU – 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M
2. RAM – 512MB of DDR2 (no upgrade possible)
3. Wirless – 802.11g
4. Hard disk – Flash-based hard drive ($199 for 4GB model, $299 for 8GB model)
5. Weight: .89 kilograms
6. Battery – Approx – 3 hours life
7. Misc – 4 USB 2.0, VGA output, 10/100 Ethernet, 56K phone modem
a) Cost – anyone can afford such system
b) If you use laptop for web browsing, e-mail and a ssh; this is a good system.
b) Almost no noise
Check out this product page for more information. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap latptop?
Iâ€™m still stuck with Blackberry and Nokia 6130, good folks at Osnews has posted a nice review of Nokia E90 business phone:
The E90 is a Communicator-class device and very popular among businessmen, but also among system administrators too (one of our friends, sysadmin at Google, is using Nokia’s qwerty/wifi devices specifically for SSH access). Read on for our review of the impressive E90.
Also checkout Nokia E90 and N95 side by side feature chat. I don’t have any plan to get new phone but I might try out Nokia 800 Internet Tablet PC soon :D.
BTW, do have an iPhone? If you have let me know your experience…
Tux does all sort of things including setting up a RAID on USB sticks 🙂
From the article:
This is an example of productive and practical use of a RAID. Granted, this project does not have the archaic grandeur of a Floppy Disk RAID, but then again, the capacity and performance of this system are utterly superior to those of a Floppy Disk RAID. The following is meant as an instruction sheet of how to build a rock-hard USB stick RAID system and simultaneously transform from an ordinary nerd to a SUPER LINUX GURU.
Update: Nov-7,2007: Fedora Linux 8 has been related and available for download here.
Fedora 7 has been released. The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source project. Its goal is the rapid progress of free and open source software and content. It offers cutting edge softwares for desktop usage. The latest version of the popular Linux distribution has a lot to offer users and developers.
New in Fedora 7
=> This release features GNOME 2.18 and KDE 3.5.6.
=> This release integrates Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology with Fedora’s graphical virt-manager and command-line virsh tools. KVM provides a hardware accelerated virtualization solution, and users have a choice between KVM and Xen, along with Qemu, in this release.
=> In this release, the performance of yum, Pirut, and Pup have been significantly improved.
=> This release features integration of a new FireWire stack in the kernel for more robust device handling.
=> Fedora now includes improved power management through implementation of dynamic ticks in the kernel.