"Software has become easier to customize in the past decade, but hardware, for the most part, remains closed: Apple's battle to keep people from hacking the iPhone is a case in point. Although most consumer electronics are collections of smaller devices--cell phones typically include cameras and voice recorders, for example--users can't swap out the devices or modify the way they work.
Essentially, the Eee PC is a highly portable notebook computer with a difference, to make a difference: it is more compact than most notebooks; eschewing hard drive for flash storage, it is more lightweight and rugged; relying on Linux (users can also opt for Windows Vista), and industry-standard connectivity, it is also low-cost.
Atmel Corporation and TimeSys announced today a free Linux Board Support Package (BSP) for Atmel's ARM9-based AT91SAM9 Microcontrollers.
Fiire announced the FiireStation 1, a 1" thick media connection for the FiireEngine designed to fit behind a Plasma or LCD TV. The FiireStation 1" runs the media client software of the LinuxMCE software suite, giving access to the LinuxMCE collection of services including HD Video playback, full advanced PVR capability, Smarthome control facilities for lighting, HVAC, irrigation, and other home systems, Security camera access and integrated VOIP.
On Thursday Acer contacted ZDNet.co.uk with the following statement: "At this moment in time Acer UK does not have a PC available with Linux pre-loaded, but we are looking at introducing one in the future."
Acer will not release Linux-based laptops in the UK due to a lack of demand, despite launching an Ubuntu-based machine in Asia.
NASA's new SGI Altix system is expected to be installed in August at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at the Ames Research Center. The new system will be the first supercomputer to operate 2,048 processor cores and 4TB of memory under a single copy of Linux(R) -- creating the largest Linux single system image (SSI) in the world.
Neuros announced that it’s releasing a beta version of a YouTube browser for its award-winning Neuros OSD. With this release, the device can now be used to easily browse and play the entire YouTube video collection on any TV, both standard and high definition. Functionality already in this release includes keyword searching and browsing by category and rating.