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Submission + - Dell releases Ubuntu 7.04 PCs at Windows prices

Tookis writes: The day Linux advocates have been waiting for has arrived. Dell has announced three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. However, those expecting lower prices for their Linux boxes may be disappointed because there is little or no price differential between the Linux and Windows models. In fact, the entry level E520 Windows desktop is significantly cheaper. http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/12396/1023/
Graphics

Submission + - NVIDIA GPUs aiming for one teraflop in 4Q07

Arun Demeure writes: Beyond3D has found out that NVIDIA publicly confirmed their next-generation graphics processors will reach close to one teraflop, and that they plan to release the chips before the end of the year. This information was given at a recent analyst conference with NVIDIA's VP of Investor Relations, and it seems that this figure is comparable to the GeForce 8800 GTX's 346GFlops, so they're promising about three times the performance for arithmetic operations. It might also be more power-efficient than their previous chips, since it will be manufactured on 65nm instead of 90nm. And it's potentially a very interesting product for the high-performance computing market, via APIs such as CUDA and Peakstream.
Linux Business

Submission + - It's real: Dell sells PCs with Ubuntu preinstalled

javipas writes: "Today could mark a turning point for the history of Linux. Dell will start today 4pm CST selling three machines with Ubuntu 7.04 preinstalled. The two desktops (XPS 410n, $899 and Dimension E520n, $599) and the notebook (Inspiron E1505n, $599)will be the first three machines with the popular Linux distribution installed by default. Dell has announced that they will provide hardware support, and they've created a new site devoted to give further Linux support and updates. At the moment the offer is available in the US, but we all hope the rest of the world can enjoy it very soon. Good luck!"
Input Devices

Submission + - InfiniTouch: Rugged and Simple Touch Screens?

Max Romantschuk writes: "A new touch screen technology from QSI corporation called InfiniTouch looks like it could have real potential. Labeled as "force panel technology", it employs simple force sensors attached to the corners of any rigid surface. By calculating the force difference amongst the sensors the origin of the touch input can be determined, on both the X, Y and Z axis. There's a neat video demonstration showing the tech in action, including a touch sensitive panel with water running over it. Note: The site unfortunately requires Flash."
Censorship

Submission + - Holocaust Dropped From UK Schools

dteichman2 writes: "It appears that UK schools are ignoring The Holocaust. A government-backed study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, found that some teachers are reluctant to teach history lessons on The Holocaust for fear of offending Muslim students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. As such, many schools are not covering the subject. Additionally, similar problems are being met with lessons on The Crusades because these lessons contradict teachings from local mosques.

Isn't there a law that requires UK schools to cover these topics? Should there be?"
Networking

Submission + - Is a Virtual Firewall ready for use in production?

hunte writes: I'm planning a server/network infrastructure upgrade. I manage a couple of web servers (with circa 300 small/medium web sites), one database server, one mail server and an OpenBSD firewall on a 10 mbps line. I want to consolidate all my old servers into a single "big piece of iron" powered by some virtualization software (like VmWare, XEN, etc... is not the point).
Is a good choice using this virtual machine infrastructure also for the firewall?
Of course, the virtual machine host will be totally fault tolerant and redundant.
Google

Submission + - Google Opensource Project Hosting; End of SF Nigh?

mdm42 writes: "Meandering about the 'net on a slow Sunday morning, I tripped across Google Code's latest addition — Project Hosting. The entry page is a typically Google-sparse "Search Projects", with the slogan "Release Early, Release Often" beneath it. The page for creating a new project only offers the 7 most-widely-accepted opensource licenses.

Seems to me that Google have moved squarely into Sourceforge's turf, here. Does this spell the end of sf.net? (Or am I just late to the party, here?)"

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