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+ - What services should go on an identity server?

Submitted by Daengbo
Daengbo (523424) writes "If every person on the Internet had a hosted server for identity purposes, what services would it need to have? (e.g. Should it be minimal, with just an OpenID server, or should it have a large set of services including microblogging, e-mail, galleries, file hosting, etc.?) How should it be configured? What technology should it be based on? Write from scratch or duct tape existing stuff together? Single-user or multi? What are Slashdot's thoughts on this matter?"
HP

+ - HP to Buy Palm-> 1

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes "HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications."

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Mozilla

+ - What Extensions for a FoxOS? 1

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes "If you had to try to create Chrome OS using only a basic X setup, a WM, Firefox, and extensions, what WM and extensions would you include? Would you use FF3.0 or 3.5?

How do you leverage everything on the net without a file browser or local apps? Without downloading, saving, and uploading to a new service?

These last two are probably the kinds of questions that Google engineers have been asking themselves and something I struggled with last year as I tried to make it 30 days without any apps but a browser."
Linux Business

+ - Norhtec's Gecko Surfboard -- a Prototype ->

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes "Michael Barnes, the owner of Norhtec, was nice enough to forward some pictures of a rough prototype they're working on — a PC in a keyboard similar to the eeePC Keyboard PC. Whereas the Asus model will run $400-600, the Norhtec one will probably run a more modest $250-300, but with a compact number pad instead of the eeePC's 5" mounted LCD.

The system will be based on the same 1GHz, 1.2 watt Xcore86 system on a chip (SoC) that the Gecko EduBook will be based on (Xcore86 is also owned by Michael Barnes). It's likely to have similar specs, too: 512MB RAM upgradeable to 1GB, with the possibility of Android coming as the installed OS. The EduBook comes with Ubuntu Netbook Remix so we'll see what comes when the final announcement is made. The SoC design means that the system will be fast and energy efficient when compared to other x86 chip/motherboard combos running at the same speed.

Micheal Barnes is a former Sun employee who started NorhTec eight years ago. The company mainly focuses on small form factor computers and thin clients running ARM and Atom. His newer company, Xcore86, has an x86 system on a chip product. He is a long time Free software advocate and promotes Linux and FreeBSD in his descriptions of products, with many having those OSes pre-installed.

Thailand has a large number of electronic fabrication facilities."

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Operating Systems

+ - Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha4 Destroys Windows 7 Beta in Test-> 3

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes "Windows 7 is said to be leaner and meaner than Vista ... a sign that MS is moving in the right direction. Several programs were ripped out of the OS and made optional. Despite all this, A Windows 7 install weighs in at about 5GB, while Ubuntu 9.04 takes up about 3GB. In addition, the Ubuntu release boots 30% faster, shuts down 40% faster, uses 40-60% less memory both at boot and with apps running, and benchmarks significantly (17%) higher. See the real numbers here! (Yes, it's my blog and I ran the benchmarks.)"
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Businesses

+ - Psystar wins a round against Apple->

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes " Computerworld reports 'A federal judge last week ruled that Psystar Corp. can continue its countersuit against Apple Inc., giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple.

He also hinted that if Psystar proves its allegations, others may then be free to sell computers with Mac OS X already installed.'

Apple is currently suing Psystar over its sale of Mac clones."

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Software

+ - Making bittorrent clients prioritize by geography?

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Daengbo
Daengbo writes "While I live in S.Korea and have virtually unlimited bandwidth in and out of the country, not all my Asian friends are so lucky. Many of the SE Asian and African countries have small international pipes. Even when a user has a high-speed local connection, downloads from abroad will trickle in.

Bittorrent clients apparently don't prioritize other users on the same ISP or at least in the same country. Why is that? Is it difficult to manage? If I were to write a plug-in for, say, Deluge, what hurdles would I be likely to come across? If this functionality is available in other clients or through plug-ins, please chime in."
Software

+ - The Adobe Flash Specification is Now Open!->

Submitted by
Daengbo
Daengbo writes "As of today, May 1st, 2008, Adobe has removed the restrictions on the SWF and FLV specifications. Formerly, these specs could be used to make IDEs, but not players. Projects like Gnash and SWFdec can now use the official documentation to write compliant players for Unix-like systems. Linux users may not need to stay 1-2 Flash versions behind for eternity. Thanks to Adobe for this move. Download the specs."
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GNOME

+ - Syncing Music Players in Linux

Submitted by
Daengbo
Daengbo writes "I recently sold my old laptop to a friend, and she asked me to keep Ubuntu on it rather than installing Windows for her. To help her with the transition, I wrote two intro lessons for her, but we've hit a stumbling block. The iRivier Clix (4GB) she's been using syncs with Windows Media Player. My research shows that the model has both an MTP for the sync and a UMS mode which acts as a mass storage device. Rhythmbox's "Scan Removable Media" doesn't pick up anything from the USB mass storage device, and although Syncropated claims to support these types of devices, it doesn't find any supported devices.

Unless you use an iPod, this appears to be a real weak point in the Linux desktop. Do Slashdotters sync their mass storage devices and music players? What do you use?"

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