You may not know this, but the underground Swiss Army knife of video playing software known as VLC, a project that started 8 and a half years ago, has finally hit version 1.0. Along the new version comes plenty of new features, including high definition codecs, AirTunes streaming, support for Blu-Ray linear PCM, and plenty of bug fixes. If you play video on your computer, you’ll definitely want to give this one a download to try it out.
VLC 1.0 is completely free and is available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
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Cuba launched Linux Nova last week at a Havana computer conference on “technological sovereignty.” The government feels that Microsoft systems are a potential threat to their country because they say U.S. security agents have access to codes. Besides that, they say that the trade embargo makes it difficult to get the software legally and update it. Dean of the School of Free Software, Hector Rodriguez, claims that about 20% of the computers are currently using Linux but feels that that figure could climb to more than 50% in 5 years.
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Belco is the latest company to unveil their netbook, the full-flash Alpha 400. It certainly is basic with its 7-inch display, 128MB RAM, 1GB internal memory, a 400MHz MIPS processor, a 10/100 MB Ethernet interface, and WiFi connectivity. It also has a SDHC memory card slot for another 32GB of storage and runs on Linux. Let’s not forget it works as an e-book, MP3 and game player and has installed business software. You can get the netbook for way-cheap. Try $169.95.
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Panasonic has joined the ranks of 22 other LiMo-compliant handsets. The FOMA P706ie will feature HSDPA networking support, 3G international roaming capacity, mobile TV support, and a 2 megapixel camera. They say it also has upgraded sound and voice clarifying features. The Linux-based mobile device will debut first in Japan. This is Panasonic’s seventh LiMo handset. If you would like to check the others, head over to LiMo’s website.
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They keep on getting cheaper. Based on a public Chinese low cost case mold, HiVision’s miniNote Linux Laptop has a MIPS based processor, a SDHC card reader, Firefox browser support, Abiword processor, and Skype ability. It also has WiFi, 1GB flash storage, Ethernet compatibility, 3 USB ports, and audio in and out. Of course, automatic software updates are included. The kicker is the fact that it will only cost you $98.00. Take that, Nick Negroponte.
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We admit that we thought the VIC-20 was pretty cool back in the day, and the 64 was unbelievable. PCs have certainly come a long way since then. Commodore proudly displayed their UMMD 8010/F Netbook with Via C7-M Processor at Berlin’s IFA. It features an 80GB hard drive, 1GB RAM wireless capability, a 1.3 megapixel cam, a 10-inch screen, and a choice of Microsoft XP or GNU Linux. It should be available later this month for ~$600.00.
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The Shuttle X27 Netbook is mini in price and size. Featuring an Intel Atom processor and Linux, the desktop comes without monitor, keyboard or mouse, but how can you pass up its $189.00 price tag? Available sometime this month, this can be just the ticket for a student rushing off to college, that second ‘puter for Mom/Dad, or those who like to check their email in the bathroom. We were just kidding about that last bit, or were we?
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Microsoft has announced that it plans to install Windows XP to the inexpensive XOs that now run a customized version of Linux. To do this, OLPC spokesperson Kyle Austin says that they must redesign them and add $7.00 worth of hardware to build a stripped down version for an additional $3.00. While this might be a good thing for Microsoft, we note that the laptop, which started out as a $100.00 device, is now creeping up towards the $200.00 mark. As per usual, the OLPC people still claim that when the OX’s usage becomes more widespread, the price will come down.
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We have a a mouse that looks like a mouse, and mouse pads with hubs, so it is only logical that someone came up with a 4-port hub that looks like a mouse. The plug and play USB 2.0 peripheral comes in pink, green, yellow, or blue and its four
hubs can move 90º for flexibility. Weighing only 52g, the mouse supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OSX and Linux and comes with a price of $12.00.
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Whether you have your own band or want to start a mini-music production company, Ripfactory has unveiled its NAS with integrated CD ripping engine. Plug the Ripserver into a network connection via USB and it will hold up to 1TB of music files. Insert a CD into the loading drive slot and it will be converted in a matter of minutes, adds it to your library with its UPnP media server, and spits it back out. No keyboard or monitor is needed. Ripserver runs on Linux and needs minimal setup. Select from 500 or 1TB capacity, black or white, for £599 (~$1,200.00) or £699 (~$1,400.00.)
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