from the not-under-my-tree dept.
WirePosted writes "Santa is in trouble, it looks like supplying the Christmas need for a Nintendo Wii game console is in jeopardy as stocks wither under constant and heavy demand. Conspiracy believers suggest this is an orchestrated move on behalf of Nintendo." Since this happens to be what I want for Christmas, I hope they work it out, or my loving wife has already found one.
Stony Stevenson writes: In this new interview, Linus Torvalds is excited about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualisation despite his personal lack of interest in the area.
Torvalds on Linux biggest strength: "When you buy an OS from Microsoft, not only you can't fix it, but it has had years of being skewed by one single entity's sense of the market. It doesn't matter how competent Microsoft — or any individual company — is, it's going to reflect that fact. In contrast, look at where Linux is used. Everything from cellphones and other small embedded computers that people wouldn't even think of as computers, to the bulk of the biggest machines on the supercomputer Top-500 list. That is flexibility. And it stems directly from the fact that anybody who is interested can participate in the development, and no single entity ends up being in control of where it all goes.
eldavojohn writes: "Microsoft & Intel sold 150,000 laptops at $200 each designed towards children to the Libyan Education Ministry. Recall that last year Libya had agreed to buy 1.2 million OLPCs but has so far started receiving shipments from Intel last month. These laptops fall under the classmate PC brand and from the article, "The sale of the Classmate PCs to Libya is Intel's second-largest since it launched the product last year. In April it won an order to provide 700,000 of them to Pakistan's Allama Iqbal Open University." This has only been reported by Libya's government but has not been discussed by Microsoft or Intel outside of that country — indeed this is the first I've heard of it. Well, it looks like OLPC definitely has a competitor in the same price range, let's hope that competing products leads to better service & education for children in developing nations."