AdvFS is a file system that was developed by Digital Equipment Corp and continues to be part of HP’s Tru64 operating system. AdvFS has been released under GPL v2.
Linux captures the ‘green’ flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures Independent tests show that Red Hat Linux pulls as much as 12% less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware.
Soon, the market will be overwhelmed by what I like to call ‘mini me too’ laptops — commodity Asus clones that will drive margins for all players toward zero. There will be no real money to be made in direct sales of cheap mini-notebooks to consumers.
Check out this awesome post about all tiny low cost devices powered by Linux and Windows.
To help schools offer affordable computing to every student, HP today introduced a full-function, mini-notebook Linux powered PC priced starting under $500. HP will join a fledgling market already populated with products from Intel Corp., the world’s largest semiconductor company, and Asustek Computers Inc., the world’s largest maker of computer motherboards.
The only way to keep cost is use Linux and create network only computer for everybody. Windows vista cannot be installed because of price tag and higher hardware requirements.
- Simple, refined design and anodized aluminum shell that is sleek and sturdy yet lightweight;
HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over the notebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters and characters;
- An HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digital accelerometer chip
- Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket
- A large 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly full keyboard (QWERTY) and touchpad;
- Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging with no additional hardware to buy or carry. An optional integrated VGA webcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the addition of photos and video clips to presentations, documents and email;
- Two battery solutions â€“ three-cell for lightest-weight configurations or optional six-cell for longer battery life;
- Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN(3) and optional Bluetoothâ„¢, allowing students to access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat, VOIP and blogging. The wireless technologies also enable connections at hotspots as well as with Bluetooth devices such as printers, mice and headsets; and
- The processors HP is using are made by Via Technologies Inc., the distant third-ranked player in the microprocessor space, and come in clock speeds up to 1.6 gigahertz.
=> More information available here and here.
From my mail bag:
Where can I get free interactive access to HP-UX or Linux distro or UNIX shell access?
You can simply grab and try out any Linux / BSD / Solaris Live CD. However, some time you cannot install and use particular UNIX like os. So, if you want to try the latest technologies over the Internet? Try HP TestDrive program:
This program allows you to testdrive some of the hottest hardware and operating systems available today. Have you ever wanted to try out HP’s exciting 64-bit Integrity and PA-RISC technology? Get time on SMP x86 and Opteron ProLiant servers? Try out a Blade server. Try different Open Source operating systems such as FreeBSD, Suse, Redhat, Debian and other Linux distributions.
This program is perfect for students and new users to try out and learn basis of UNIX. You can also try and test your C/C++ programs using latest Intel compilers. It is intended for those users who want to sample the 32- and 64-bit servers running a variety of HP, UNIX, Linux and third-party operating systems and applications.
=> HP Test Drive Program [hp.com]
This is an interesting idea. You can get instant access to your Linux desktop at anytime from within Microsoft Windows. This article will tell you everything you need to know in order to make a USB flash drive with Ubuntu Linux installed. You need:
– Obviously you need a USB flash drive (at least 2GB).
– You’ll need a working computer running Microsoft Windows with a USB port available.
– A copy of the Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy .ISO file (it’s 750MB).
– A copy of Qemu (this is the program that allows Ubuntu to actually run on Windows).
– A copy of Kqemu accelerator. This helps Qemu speed up Ubuntu.
– A copy of startubuntu.tar – This file holds two custom batch and img files.
– The HP-USB format tool to clear your USB drive.
Read rest of the procedure : How to put Ubuntu Linux on a flash drive and run it under Windows (penlinux.com)
Finally big blue has announced that it will support and promote OpenOffice.org office suite. These are the same companies once promoted Microsoft product. Dell, HP and IBM will one day force more Linux desktop systems and open source software for all of us:
The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products.
This is great news for the tens of millions of users of OpenOffice.org and the thousands of individual members of the projectâ€, said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. â€œWe welcome IBM’s contributions to further enhancing the OpenOffice.org product. But equally important is IBM’s future commitment to package and distribute new works that leverage OpenOffice.org technology supporting the ISO ODF standard. ODF is a once in a generation opportunity for the IT industry to unify round a standard, and deliver lasting benefit to users of desktop technology.â€
=> IBM JOINS OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY [openoffice.org]
Go Linux go…
After Dell, it is now Hewlett-Packard, the worldâ€™s largest PC manufacturer, has announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs from $AU600 in Australia. The pc is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 desktop will come pre-loaded on the HP dx2250 desktop computer — an AMD-based model. This system aimed at small to medium businesses. Technical support is offered by Red Hat.