There are a handful of tablets out there that can dual-boot Windows 7 and Android. But Evolve III feels dual-boot tablets are still one operating system short of perfection. The Australia-based company, a tablet manufacturer that started out in the digital screen business, has decided to take things in its own hands with its dual core Oak Trail Atom-based Maestro tablet that can boot not one, not two, but three OSes: Windows 7, Android and MeeGo Linux. The 10-inch Maestro features an Intel Atom N475 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Evolve III hopes to launch the Maestro in the second quarter of 2011. The company has yet to reveal the slate’s price.
Private copying levies can have a divisive impact on a room full of people with some sense of technology and law. It is arguably one of the most hotly debated areas of copyright law. In case you need to brush up on your knowledge of copyright law, a private copying levy is generally imposed on the sale of storage media that can be used for copying copyrighted content. The proceeds are distributed among copyright owners as prevenient compensation for copying.
The debate is about to heat up as France is now ready to expand the purview of its private copying levy beyond recordable media and MP3 players. The government there is considering taxing all non-Windows tablets with more than 40GB of storage. Apparently, they feel there is a strong case for taxing tablets as they can be used for duplicating copyrighted content. Despite the majority view that tablets are part of the genus Computer, the French possess enough profundity to point to something that makes the two substantially dissimilar: Windows.
Let alone the fact that even computers running a desktop OS, and not just tablets, can be used for duplicating content, it is ludicrous how the new law exempts tablets running Windows as it treats them as full PCs.
According to French trade magazine Numerama, tablet vendor Archos isn’t too pleased by the lopsided nature of the proposed law and has threatened to join a lawsuit against the legislation. Contending that it lets users turn the company’s Android tablets into full PCs by letting them install Linux on them, the company wants its tablets to be exempt from the levy in much the same way as Windows-based slates.
The first crop of Chrome OS-based netbooks is expected to arrive this month, though there has been no official confirmation. However, a little known France-based cloud OS startup named Jolicloud could very well steal a march on Google with a netbook running its eponymous cloud-centric operating system.
The company has confirmed that the first Jolicloud-powered computer is on course for a November, 2010 debut. Called Jolibook, the netbook features a dual core Atom N550 processor and 250GB hard drive storage, and comes preloaded with “Chromium, Facebook, Spotify, VLC, Skype, and a bunch of cool apps that are one click away.” With the launch just round the corner, Jolicloud won’t be able to hide the remaining details for too long. We will keep you posted.
It is only a matter of time before hackers find a way of running Android on iPad, especially considering the fact that it has already been accomplished on iPhone 3G, 2G and the original iPod touch. As the iPad is just an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, it is a sitting duck for intrepid hackers like the folks responsible for the iDroid Project, whose stated goal is “to fully port the Linux kernel and the Google Android OS to Apple's iDevices” using the OpeniBoot bootloader. The iDroid Project team has indicated that they are very close to porting Android to the iPad and iPhone 4. They even posted a video (below) and a few images on Twitter to tease us.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is now available, the open source software developer announced on Wednesday. The much anticipated latest release of Red Hat's flagship operating system introduces hundreds of technical feature enhancements and additions including:
A highly optimized application platform for large-scale, centrally managed enterprise deployments
Enhanced efficiency with the latest generation of highly scalable hardware systems
Industry-leading virtualization performance, flexibility, and security for both host and guest environments
Extensive support for features designed to minimize ecological impact and carbon footprint of IT systems
A platform suitable for long-term, stable deployment while able to incorporate new technologies for physical, virtual, and cloud deployments
More information and pricing info can be found here.
Adafruit Industries is looking for the first (and probably the only) OK Prize laureate. What’s that you say? The Open Kinect Prize will go to the first person to deliver open-source software drivers for Kinect. Just to make sure that bragging rights and Microsoft’s wrath are not all that the eventual winner gets, the DIY electronics kit supplier has announced a $2,000 prize.
Adafruit has this to say about its maiden “X Prize type project” on its blog: “Anyone around the world can work on this, including Microsoft Upload your code, examples and documentation to GitHub. First person / group to get RGB out with distance values being used wins, you’re smart – you know what would be useful for the community out there. All the code needs to be open source and/or public domain. Email us a link to the repository, we and some “other” Kinect for Xbox 360 hackers will check it out – if it’s good to go, you’ll get the $2,000 bounty!”
Adafruit initially promised a $1,000 bounty, but later doubled it after Microsoft expressed its displeasure at the OK Prize. A MS spokesperson informed Cnet that the device features a number of software and hardware safeguards to reduce the possibility of tampering. Also, the company has vowed to “make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
How excited are you about the prospect of using Kinect with a PC?
Linux has found a new home: in your wallet. The Linux Foundation is now offering a platinum rewards Linux credit card complete with the Tux penguin on the front.
The Linux Foundation receives a percentage of every purchase made with the card, as well $50 for every new card activation.
"All funds from the Visa card program will go directly towards providing community technical events and providing travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation."
There are two designs to choose from, both with Tux on the front and both with the same features (no annual fee, zero liability protection, etc). However, it's only available to U.S. residents, which isn't likely to change "due to a lack of partners to work with to expand the program to other countries."
The Russian government is looking to develop and deploy an operating system to compete with Microsoft Windows, Yahoo reports. The new OS is intended to reduce the dependency of Russian business on the Redmond company. Russian lawmakers also cited security as a concern. To complete this project, Russia is earmarking the equivalent of $4.9 million.
The as-yet unnamed OS will be based on the Linux operating system, but many feel this course of action has the potential to result in a poorly designed and supported operating system. This whole thing comes in shades of North Korea's Red Star Linux if you ask us. With high piracy rates in Russia, it may be harder than expected to get businesses to move to this new option.
The decision was taken following a rift between Canonical and GNOME over certain design issues. "We were part of the GNOME shell design discussion, we put forward our views and they were not embraced by designers," Shuttleworth said at the ongoing Ubuntu Developer Summit.
"We took a divergent view from the GNOME shell folks on key design issues, for example how application menus should appear on the system, how one should search to find applications, [and] how one's favorite applications should be presented."
However, users will be allowed to install GNOME through Ubuntu’s software installation program. Natty Narwhal is scheduled to be released in April, 2011.
It’s the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year, and the folks over at Canonical have released Ubuntu 10.10. Coincidence? We think not. Clever marketing aside the new OS release offers up a custom Unity desktop interface optimized for lower resolution netbooks, 2GB of free online storage, and even multi-touch support if you have the right hardware. An interesting new revenue approach is also being explored this time around which will introduce paid support options, along with the ability to stream music to Android and iPhone devices for a nominal fee.
The early reviews are starting to come in and it sounds like Maverick Meerkat is a worthy successor for anyone who’s been waiting to give Linux a try. The CD sized ISO can be downloaded directly from the Ubuntu homepage, or you can fire up your favorite torrent app and help carry the load. That is why you installed uTorrent after all isn’t it? Don’t forget if you’re not the adventurous type you can always use that ISO to give the OS a try without installing, or even have it configure a multi boot to run side by side with your copy of Windows.
Have you given 10.10 a try? If so give us your impressions after the jump.