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Submission + - Bluecherry releases its cross platform video surveillance client open source (

azop writes: Today Bluecherry released its video surveillance client application open source. This software is written in Qt / C++ and developed for Windows, Linux and OS X operating systems. The Bluecherry client is capable of connecting to multiple Bluecherry server installations and streaming live video from analog or network cameras using RTP, browsing historical recordings, and displaying events from multiple servers.

The source code is available for forkin' on GitHub.


Submission + - Bluecherry releases version 2.0 of its Linux video surveillance system (

azop writes: After two years of development, Bluecherry released version 2.0 of its Linux based video surveillance software. This application can install on existing Ubuntu and Debian releases and supports recording from analog and network (IP) surveillance cameras. Bluecherry provides a free cross-platform client and supports remote administration from a web browser.

Submission + - Linux surveillance application catches home invasion suspects (

azop writes: In December a residence was broken into by two armed suspects. The video was captured by a Linux based surveillance application and the video was given out to police. WGCL ran the article yesterday, detailing the camera setup and showing the surveillance footage. The customer is a beta tester of the Bluecherry Linux surveillance application. Bluecherry has been mentioned before on Slashdot, as they release their driver open source (

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Submission + - Bluecherry throws in motion detection support for (

azop writes: "Recently Bluecherry added support for motion detection from network cameras and added Grandstream to the list of over 375 supported IP cameras. Bluecherry develops a Ubuntu Linux based surveillance application with a cross platform client using Qt. Bluecherry supports network cameras and analog cameras using their open source Video4Linux driver. The software is in a free public beta until the end of January."

Submission + - Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" review (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux Mint is the most used Linux at present according to DistroWatch. Read review of its latest release Lisa

Comment Vaporware meets line of sight. (Score 3, Insightful) 95

Sounds like vaporware, which works out well for the government. They will spent zillions of dollars to find out, crap, it doesn't work. Lasers can't bend very well, so you need line of sight. Then, I have to ask, what powers the laser? Hell, I have a great idea on making a perpetual motion device. Okay, not really, but I might, and I'll gladly accept zillion of dollars to prove to you that it doesn't work.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GPL'd Linux supported H.264 capture card (

azop writes: Almost a year ago Slashdot covered the story of a MPEG-4 multiple input capture card with a GPL Video4Linux licensed driver ( Earlier this year Ben Collins added H.264 support into the solo6x10 Video4Linux2 GPL driver ( The H.264 PCIe cards are finally released and shipping to customers ( The new cards support faster frame rates and sport a PCIe interface. The driver is available for forkin' on Github (

Journal Journal: Google Chromebook (CR-48) - Part 1 10

Back in early December last year Google announced a beta/developer program for their ChromeOS program. They were offering free notebook computers running ChromeOS to a limited number of people to test. Never to be one to pass up an opportunity for free toys, I signed up.

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - SPAM: Bluecherry releases a GPL'd H.264 capture card

azop writes: "Editor,

The previous submission was marked as spam, though I'm not sure why. If I'm doing something incorrect, please let me know.

Bluecherry recently released its multi-input H.264 hardware compression cards. Much like the MPEG-4 card previously mentioned on Slashdot, this card now supports a faster frame rate, a PCIe interface, and most importantly H.264 encoders. This card is also supported in Bluecherry's GPL licensed Video4Linux2 driver. This driver is available on Github ([spam URL stripped]) or in the Linux staging area on ([spam URL stripped])

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Submission + - Upscaling retro 8-bit pixel art to vector graphics (

An anonymous reader writes: Two researchers — Johannes Kopf from Microsoft, and Dani Lischinski from The Hebrew University — have successfully created an algorithm that depixelizes and upscales low-resolution 8-bit "pixel art" into lush vector graphics. The algorithm identifies pixel-level details to accurately shade the new image — but more importantly, the algorithm can create smooth, curved contour lines from only-connected-on-the-diagonal single pixels. At long last, we might be able to play Super Mario Bros. on a big screen without stretching our beloved plumber's pixels to breaking point.

You really must look at the sample images.

The Internet

Submission + - IPv6 traffic volumes a bit of a mystery ( 1

netbuzz writes: As the June 8 World IPv6 Day experiment draws near, there is universal agreement that little IPv6 traffic is traversing the Internet at the moment. The event is designed in part to increase that volume. However, it will be difficult for Internet policymakers, engineers and the user community at large to tell how the upgrade to IPv6 is progressing because no one has accurate or comprehensive statistics about how much Internet traffic is IPv6 versus IPv4.

Submission + - SPAM: Bluecherry releases a GPL'd H.264 capture card

azop writes: Today Bluecherry released its multiple-input H.264 hardware compression cards. Much like the MPEG-4 card previously mentioned on Slashdot, this card now supports a faster frame rate, a PCIe interface, and most importantly H.264 encoders. This card is also supported in Bluecherry's GPL licensed Video4Linux2 driver ([spam URL stripped])
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Submission + - Intel Identifies Chipset Design Error (

azop writes: Intel has identified issues with the Intel® 6 Series chips which cause degraded SATA performance over time. Intel has stopped shipment of all boards until a fix can be put into place. This affects Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors (AKA — Sandy Bridge)

Submission + - Bluecherry releases it's MPEG-4 driver, GPL (

azop writes: Editor:

This is a updated post for the original that I submitted earlier ( I believed I followed this FAQ post correctly by submitting a new story and not emailing the correction: This update contains some grammar / pronunciation mistakes and also URL links. It also clears up a bit of the language about the card and intended applications. Feel free to delete this line.

Today Bluecherry released a GPLed driver for its multiple-input MPEG-4 hardware compression cards. The driver supports audio and video capture from 4, 8, and 16-channel single-card encoders using the Video4Linux and ALSA APIs.

More information about the driver and its features can be found on Bluecherry's development blog and on Ben Collins' personal blog.

Bluecherry is the first Linux software company to release a complete driver based on Linux kernel APIs (Video4Linux and ALSA) for multiple-input hardware-compressed MPEG-4 capture cards under the GPL.

The cards are designed for security applications (Digital Video Recording); however, other applications could potentially make use of the compressed streams and Video4Linux API integration. An H.264 version is 'in the works'.

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