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+ - Sky UK HD boxes switch over to open source->

Submitted by jogu
jogu (236017) writes "Sky have just started rolling out over the air updates to their SkyHD boxes. Big news in the new update is they seem to have moved from OpenTV's closed OS over to linux — along with many of the common associated components: xfree86, busybox, ISC dhcp. They seemed to be going out their way to comply fully with the GPL and other licenses. It raises all sorts of questions — why have Sky done this now? Will this open the way to a healthy modding community?"
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PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
Media

MythTV 0.21 Released 68

Posted by kdawson
from the i-want-my-i-want-my-i-want-my dept.
kormoc writes "The new release has lots of new stuff, notably: autodiscovery (less manual configuration of new front-ends), storage groups (no need for LVM/etc), support for multiple recordings on one DVB/ATSC multiplex, a couple of new plugins, some new deinterlacing / video display options, and many, many other things. The release notes page in the wiki has the list of what's changed, but it's currently a couple thousand checkins out of date. Grab the release from the download section and please at least try to read the docs before asking questions. The binary packages should hopefully be updated to 0.21 soon."

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