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Submission + - CoreBoot (LinuxBIOS) can boot Windows 7 Beta

billybob2 writes: CoreBoot (formerly LinuxBIOS), the free and open source BIOS replacement, can now boot Windows 7 Beta. Videos and screenshots of this demonstration, which was performed on an ASUS M2V-MX SE motherboard equipped with a 2GHz AMD Sempron CPU, can be viewed on the CoreBoot website. AMD engineers have also been submitting code to allow CoreBoot to run on the company's latest chipsets, such as the RS690 and 780G.
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Submission + - KDE announces videos and music for all platforms

Peter writes: Trolltech has released GStreamer, DirectShow 9, and QuickTime 7 backends to KDE's Phonon multimedia framework. This will enable KDE 4 and Qt 4 applications to play videos and music on all major platforms (Linux, *BSD, Windows and Mac OS X) through the exact same high-level API, thus eliminating the hassle of porting the applications to individual operating systems. The new backends are released as Free and Open Source Software under LGPL versions 2 and 3. The code has been deposited in KDE's SVN server and will be maintained there by Trolltech.
KDE

Submission + - Trolltech bringing KDE multimedia to Windows, Mac->

Bill Kendrick writes: "Back in October, Aaron Seigo mentioned that KDE 4's "Phonon" multimedia API will gain Mac (QuickTime) and Windows (DirectX) backends, and now it seems Trolltech is working on it, too. In the meantime, Ars Technica reviews KDE 4 rc2. I, for one, welcome my new K Desktop Overlords!"
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Submission + - KDE 4 uses 40% less memory despite 3D eye-candy

An anonymous reader writes: Pro-Linux reports that KDE 4, scheduled to be released in January 2008, consumes almost 40% less memory than KDE 3.5, despite the fact that version 4 of the Free and Open Source desktop system includes a composited window manager and a revamped menu and applet interface. KDE developer Will Stephenson showcased KDE 4's 3D eye-candy on a 256Mb laptop with 1Ghz CPU and run-of-the-mill integrated graphics, pointing out that mini-optimizations haven't even yet been started. Will this combination of resource efficiency and consumer appeal make KDE 4 the leader in the booming Linux-based ultra mobile laptop and energy efficient desktop markets?
KDE

Submission + - KDE and KOffice rebuke OOXML; GNOME dithers 3 3

Peter writes: Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman and ITWire have praised KDE and KOffice developers for taking a principled stand against OOXML, while raising serious concerns about the GNOME Foundation's decision to give credibility to Microsoft's broken format. This comes on the heels of GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza's depiction of OOXML as a 'superb standard', and GNOME Foundation director Quim Gil's stonewalling of the patent-free Ogg Vorbis / Theora format on behalf of Nokia. Have GNOME's leaders completely sold out their free software credentials to corporate and anti-consumer interests? And will the GNOME Foundation's indifferent response to Richard Stallman's appeal drive him to throw his weight behind KDE?

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