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Palm Pre and WebOS Get Native Gaming 49

Posted by Soulskill
from the break-out-your-rocket-launcher dept.
rboatright writes "WebOS developers have been waiting, and with the 1.3.5 release, Palm's open source page suddenly listed SDL. Members of the WebOS internals team took that as a challenge and within 24 hours had a working port of Doom running in SDL on the Pre, in a webOS card. 48 hours later, they not only had Quake running, but had found in the latest LunaSysMgr the requirements to launch a native app from the webOS app launcher from an icon just like any other app. At the same time, the team demonstrated openGL apps running. With full native code support, with I/O available via SDL, developers now have a preview into Palm's future intent with regard to native code SDK's, and a hint of what's coming."

+ - MIT offers its IT/CS courses online for free

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JCOTTON writes: "Do you think that you have what it takes to go to MIT? Why don't you take a look at the introductory course in CS? There is no charge for viewing the course. But naturally, there are no academic credits or instructor help available either. You are on your own. But if you are a High School senior thinking about MIT, here is your chance to see what it is like on one of the most advanced technical schools on the planet."

+ - MP3's Loss, Open Source's Gain

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nadamsieee writes: "Eliot Van Buskirk has an interesting piece over at Wired about the fall-out from Microsoft's recent courtroom loss to Alcatel-Lucent over MP3 patents. From the article: "Alcatel-Lucent isn't the only winner in a federal jury's $1.52 billion patent infringement award against Microsoft this week. Other beneficiaries are the many rivals to the MP3 audio-compression format... Now, with a cloud over the de facto industry standard, companies that rely on MP3 may finally have sufficient motivation to move on. And that raises some tantalizing possibilities, including a real long shot: Open-source, royalty-free formats win.""

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