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Submission + - Stephen Fry and DVD Jon back USB Sniffer Project (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: bushing and pytey of the iPhone DevTeam and Team Twiizers have created a Kickstarter project to fund the build of an open-source/open-hardware high-speed USB protocol analyzer. The board features a high-speed USB 2.0 sniffer that will help with the reverse engineering of proprietary USB hardware, the project has gained the backing from two high-profile individuals Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) and Actor and Comedian Stephen Fry
Upgrades

Submission + - Ubuntu 8.04's Wubi makes for universal desktop (itwire.com)

davidmwilliams writes: "Ubuntu 8.04, dubbed Hardy Heron, is out this week and Linuxophiles worldwide are excited. It's not hard to see why, but is this really the much-fabled year of the Linux desktop? Will the Heron match the unmet hype of predecessor Gutsy Gibbon? And let me tell you just how spectacular and cool Wubi is."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - RedHat's loss, Ubuntu's Win (reviewk.com)

Ubuntu-Wins writes: "The Linux world was almost shell-shocked last week over Red Hat's announcement that the company won't be focusing on the desktop market. Here's the meat of the announcement: "It's worth ..... spread of the Linux Desktop." But I have been thinking, why would RH want to do this? Over the years, RedHat was *the* brand that was almost synonymous with Linux which has support. Corporates and businesses when asked the techies "who will support open source" almost always got some pointers in RedHat's direction. And then this! What is Red Hat really scared of — Microsoft? But this exit of RedHat will announce in no uncertain terms the victory of Ubuntu too! Today, if XP etc rule the desktop market, Ubuntu has slowly got the mindshare of the Linux users and is the most dominant Linux distribution today. Does Red Hat's exit now leave the desktop Linux field open to Ubuntu? I would say, yes! From Techwatch"
Software

Submission + - PCWorld refuse hardware repair due to Linux. 10

Tikka writes: "Today I visit PC World (London, UK) because my 5 months old laptop has developed a manufacturing fault, the hinge to the display has started to crack the plastic casing.
Anyone in the know, will know that this is due to the joint inside and this means that ultimately the screen will separate from the keyboard in time.

Repair was refused, because I have Gentoo Linux on my laptop — Replacing the Windows Vista that was pre-installed.

PC World have said that this has void my warranty and there is nothing they will do for me, I spoke to a manager who said that he has been told to refuse any repairs if the operating system has been changed.

I feel this has really gone against my statutory rights and will do everything I can to fight it, I will review comments for your advice."

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