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Submission + - 2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

rstrohmeyer writes: "Over at Maximum PC, we're betting that Linux will pick up unprecedented momentum in the coming year. With phenomenal new distros, swelling international support, and a little extra momentum from Dell, we think Linux is poised to exploit the current atmosphere of doubt surrounding Vista and pick up serious traction in '08. But we want to know what you think. Head over and weigh in with your comments."
Software

Submission + - Data Ticking Time Bomb (bbc.co.uk)

Moe1975 writes: "According to the chief executive of the UK National Archives in a recent BBC article "The growing problem of accessing old digital file formats is a 'ticking time bomb'" — I personally found mention of the 580 Terabytes of data at the UK National Archives holding 900 years of written information "in older file formats that are no longer commercially available" to be particularly disturbing, in spite of this being expected."
Handhelds

Submission + - DVD Jon releases iPhone hack

An anonymous reader writes: Engadget has a story up on DVD-Jon releasing a hack which lets you activate an iPhone without going through AT&T.

A little hex editing of iTunes, a little hostfile hacking, a little program called Phone Activation Server v1.0, and you're on your way to an AT&T service free iPhone, friend. That's right, Jon, knock that toxic AT&T-tied iPod-coffee out of Steve's hand. Ok, so apparently the phone still doesn't work (we wonder if there isn't some kind of mechanism that binds the iPhone to select AT&T SIMs), so it's not like it's an unlocked device, but at least you can now use it as "the best iPod [Apple's] ever made."
Media

Submission + - Amazon & Microsoft help indie filmmakers to ju (hdtvinfo.eu)

Xbm360 writes: "Amazon.com & Microsoft announced the 1,000 HD DVD Indies Project, which will help independend filmmakers to produce and distribute movies in the HD DVD format through the on-demand technology of CustomFlix, a part of an Amazon group of companies. At no charge, up to 1000 selected entries will be authored to HD DVD using Microsoft's HD technology & then made available to customers of Amazon.com through the CustomFlix Disc on Demand service."
Movies

Submission + - "Freedom" HD DVD isn't

An anonymous reader writes: The irony is apparently lost on translated anime publisher Honneamise, which has released this hybrid DVD/HDDVD about life in a totalitarian future... on a DRM-restricted DVD that requires you to obtain a license key to play the disc.
AMD

Submission + - Processor: AMD Releasing Phenom (blogspot.com)

suray writes: "Officially, AMD have been releasing new generation processors named Phenom. Phenom processors are based on Barcelona's architecture. As soon as possible, this new label of processors name called Phenom will be found in the next generation of desktop processors family from AMD. read more at http://surayblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/processor-am d-releasing-phenom.html"
XBox (Games)

Submission + - 33% of the XBox 360 are defective? (dailytech.com)

sodul writes: DailyTech has contacted several retailers to get the actual percentage of XBox failures. While Microsoft is claiming a 'normal' 3% rate, the retailers claim that one third of the XBox are breaking. This is the highest failure rate ever witnessed by the retailers while the other consoles like the PS3 have a less than 1% failure rate. This could explain The Man Who Went Through 11 Xbox 360s.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Slackware 12.0 is released (slackware.com)

Matt writes: "Straight from our good friend and colleague in the fight for quality distributions, Mr. Patrick Volkerding, comes a brand-new and eagerly-awaited release of Slackware, version 12. HAL automount, KDE 3.5.7 and XFCE 4.4.1, Xorg 7.2, 2.6 kernels as far as the eye can see, oodles of updated applications and utilities, and hardware support for just about anything under the sun. Enjoy! I know I will."
Announcements

Submission + - Slackware 12.0 Released!

lazyeye writes: Pat Volkerding and the rest of the Slackware team have graced us with a brand new version of Slackware, version 12.0. From the release announcement:

Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.4.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.7, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. We have added to Slackware support for HAL (the Hardware Abstraction Layer) which allows the system administrator to add users to the cdrom and plugdev groups. Then they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play. Properly set up, Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.
Announcements

Submission + - Jim Butterfield, 1936 - 2007 1

ewhac writes: "While nearly everyone was going crazy over the iPhone, the computing community lost a luminary on Friday. Jim Butterfield, an early columnist and author for hobbyist computing in the 1970's and 80's, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 1:30 AM on 29 June. He was 71. Jim had been battling cancer since at least December of last year, when he announced he was beginning chemotherapy. Jim was a frequent contributor to periodicals such as The Transactor, COMPUTE!, and TPUG; and was the author of several books on introductory programming. Jim's clear and incisive writing helped introduce a generation of newcomers to the joys and wonders of computers and computer programming. No small fraction of today's engineers owe their livlihoods to Jim's writing and enthusiasm, this chronicler included. He will be missed."
Communications

Submission + - OpenMoko to begin selling Neo1973's July 9th (openmoko.com)

Jaidan writes: "OpenMoko is to begin selling Neo1973's on July 9th according to a post on openmoko.com. According to the site the initial release will be about 1000 (400 ready now, and another 600 soon). Two versions will be sold: a base version for $300, and an advanced version for $450.

The post also indicates that a mass production version known as GTA02 will be available in October. This version will be the same as the original excepting that it will include a number of new features such as:
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • Samsung 2442 SoC
  • SMedia 3362 Graphics Accelerator
  • 2 3D Accelerometers
  • 256MB Flash


The mass market version according to the site will run $450 and $600 for the base and advanced versions respectively."

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