Fun: Windows vs. Linux for toasters

Last week both systems Microsoft Windows Vivid Toasting Technology (VTT) 2008 Starter Edition and Heatu Linux 9.06 (Dainty Toast) were released for modern toasters.

Yesterday Linux Screw has an opportunity to test both and the results were demonstrated at the Annual Bread Valley Conference at Jan 17 2008 in Texas, USA. Reactions were mixed as Heatu Linux 9.06 and Windows VTT went head-to-head.

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Sun acquires MySQL AB

Exciting news was published today at Jonathan Schwartz‘ (Chief Executive Officer and President of Sun Microsystems) blog: We announced big news today – our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we’re acquiring MySQL AB. … This puts products like MySQL in an interesting position. They’re a part of every web company’s infrastructure, to be sure. And though many of the more traditional companies use MySQL […]

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Linux + 532Mhz CPU + 128Mb RAM + audio/video + Wi-Fi = Photoframe! Huh?

One of my favorite sites recently published entertaining brief article about Linux-based device. Just imagine photoframe with 0.5 Ghz CPU, 128 Mb RAM, up to 16Gb SD memory, MP3/MPEG-4 playback and Wi-Fi. Huh? No jokes, it’s upcoming Agfaphoto‘s AF5080W product and below are it’s specs!

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX31 SoC with ARM11 core clocked at 532MHz
  • Memory — 128MB; 5-in-1 memory card reader supporting up to 16GB SD
  • Display — 8-inch, 800×600 SVGA
  • Images — JPEG, GIF, PNG, WMF
  • Audio — MP3, WMA
  • Video — H.264 AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-4 (and via networked STB, MPEG 1 and MPEG-2)
  • I/O — WiFi, USB
  • Features — slideshow, clock, calendar, alarm, and remote control
  • Frame — tripod base with three interchangeable veneers: brushed aluminium, black plastic, and wood effect

agfaphoto photoframeAs for me, I was impressed and little bit confused: I have internet gateway/proxy with lesser hardware running in our office! :) That server can’t do animation-enhanced slideshow, doesn’t have calendar, alarm functions and can’t play video or audio. But above-mentioned digital photoframe can do it easily, as well as it can play video from STB (set-top box) and transfer data via Wi-Fi. Nice device among those that aren’t worse buying however potentially are perfect gifts!

The toy is to be shipped by AgfaPhoto and developed by Sagem Communications. Hardware part is based on Freescale Semiconductor’s i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC). There is no official information on pricing and/or availability, but if you’re interested just wait until it appear at AgfaPhoto’s photoframes page.

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Slackware + NetBSD = VoltaLinux

VoltaLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware and includes pkgsrc package system from NetBSD. Recently this project released 2.0 version of their distro where any system administrator can enjoy the clean design of Slackware and power of *BSD with the availability of more than 5900 ports ready to be installed. Basically VoltaLinux is intended for servers or small/embedded devices as it requires only 12MB of RAM (it was tested). […]

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KDE 4 Era begins

Today it was announced that KDE 4.0 is finally released and as it was proudly noted in press release, with this major version the KDE Community marks the beginning of the KDE 4 era. K Desktop Environment was created in 1996 by Matthias Ettrich, who was troubled by UNIX certain aspects and proposed the formation of not only a set of applications, but rather a whole desktop environment, in which […]

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