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Comment: Good linux device (Score 3, Informative) 396 396

A few months ago I bought a WeTab from these people, and it rocks. I don't know if it's already shipped to the U.S.A., as I'm in Europe, but the specs look really good: 2 USB ports, 1 mini HDMI, the usual audio out jack, and a proprietary port (for a dock) on the bottom, but unused at the moment (the company hadn't produced a dock yet). It runs a WeTabOS, which is basically MeeGo + a graphical interface known as 4tiito, and that OS can easily be replaced by whichever flavour of GNU/Linux you'd like (MeeGo, Ubuntu, ...), and I think someone could also try cramming windows on the SSD. The processor is an Intel N450 at 1.66Ghz, with 1Go of DDR2 RAM. There's also a webcam, a SIM port... Basically everything you would need. At less than the price of an iPad (I paid mine about 460 euros, while the iPad here is 499 euros).
Desktops (Apple)

+ - Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 Benchmarks->

An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix has posted an article with benchmarks of Ubuntu 9.04 versus Mac OS X 10.5.6. Of the 29 tests that were ran using their software, Mac OS X had won 17 of the tests with some of them being by a very significant margin. FTW: "Ubuntu 9.04 really performed sorely when it came to the 2D and 3D graphics performance, audio encoding, floating-point arithmetic, SQLite, Crafty, PostgreSQL, and the Sunflow Rendering System. Mac OS X 10.5.6 on the other hand did much worse when it came to the compilation tests (although we were using GCC 4.2.1), OpenSSL, and Java SciMark."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Hacking Wireless Routers->

Emanuele writes: "Wireless routers are very cheap and have been widely deployed in SOHO and public WiFi hotspots. Many routers can be upgraded or enhanced by different firmware distributions. People can use a router as the perfect platform to learn embedded Linux. Recently I am interested in building my hotspot with the wireless router."
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