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[News] X Org's Slight Delay, Microsoft's Latest Big Delay and Issues (Home Server)

  • Subject: [News] X Org's Slight Delay, Microsoft's Latest Big Delay and Issues (Home Server)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 15:33:36 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
7.3 release progress

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| I've been shirking my responsibilities as release manager, and sadly the
| release has suffered.  I've tried to catch up, and I'm about ready to
| push, once I can get another approver to review the last two
| changes for 1.4.  I'm going to push 1.4, and thus the 7.3 katamari, out
| for another week beyond initial schedule to see if we can't get these
| issues cleared up, and hopefully get some more testing.  So, 2007-09-05
| is the new date.


Microsoft Update Forces HP MediaSmart Home Server Delay

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| The delay isn't too troubling, according to HP, because the computer maker 
| still expects to get its product out in time for the holiday shopping 
| season -- the busiest time of the year for retailers. Heckman declined to 
| give a specific release date, or to give pricing.   


It's astonishing. They use so much spin to make this delay seem like a positive
thing. Why not just give up and admit frustration?


X.Org 7.4 To Get Multi-Pointer X Support

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| X.Org 7.3 will be released later this month, and now Daniel Stone has updated 
| the X.Org Wiki with a page for the X.Org 7.4 release. With the six month 
| release cycle, X.Org 7.4 is planned for release in February of 2008. Some of 
| the features so far on their planning page includes Multi-Pointer X which 
| provides multiple cursor support...    


Linux MPX Multi-touch Table May Become Alternative Microsoft Surface

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| It may not be as fancy-schmancy as Microsoft Surface or Jeff Han's demos but 
| this video of a Linux-based MPX multi-touch table shows that things are 
| moving full speed ahead in the land of the free penguins.  


Multi-touch support for MPX [in Linux]

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| MPX already supported multiple input devices. Which blows pretty much all 
| assumptions in user interfaces (input) out of the water. Now I've gone one 
| step further and added support for multi-touch displays. Have a look at this 
| video...   


Getting Started With Compiz Fusion

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| Some people who are new to Compiz Fusion might like to watch this video to 
| get to know the basic commands and to have a better Compiz Fusion experience. 


Microsoft Rips off Researchers at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona

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| Recently while on vacation I was flipping channels and came across a 
| channel called “current TV”, what caught my eye was a  computer  booting 
| to Kubuntu. This computer looked remarkably like Microsoft’s new 
| Surface touch table. Funny thing is the reactable has been around 
| over three years and research has been going on much longer than that.


Microsoft Surface idea not that new?

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| An attached PC, running Linux and Reactrix software, calculates the 
| location and movement of an object interrupting the beam and enables
| the system to allow a basic interaction with projected content.


Jeff Han's Research Ripped by Microsoft Surface?

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| Jeff Han, consulting research scientist for NYU's Department of 
| Computer Science, developed a multi-touch interactive graphical 
| interface, which he presented at the TED conference over a year 
| ago. His research turned into its own company, Perceptive Pixel.
| Now it seems Microsoft completely ripped the idea and created 
| Microsoft Surface. 


Windows Home Server – Is It Really Worth It?

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| Sadly, Home Server does not support Mac or Linux – yet. Mac OS X Leapord's 
| Time Machine program is supposed to have support for Home Server, but for 
| Linux, there doesn't seem to be much hope. Sure, Linux users could access it 
| through a server message block, but I was hoping for an actual program.   


Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

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| Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home 
| Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and 
| enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really 
| just a vanilla file server.   


Will bad backups doom Windows Home Server?

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| Microsoft just announced it's working on Windows Home Server, which
| among other features, will automatically back up files on all PCs in
| the home. But if the product uses the same kind of brain-dead backup
| built into Windows Vista, this is a product that will be dead on arrival.
| The backup tool built into Windows Vista may be the worst utility
| every packed into an operating system. It doesn't allow you to back
| up individual files, folders or even file types. Instead, you have to
| back up every single file and folder of broad generic types. 
| For example, if you want to back up a single picture, you have to back
| up every single graphic of every graphic file type on your entire PC,
| including all the graphics that Vista itself uses. This means you can
| be forced to back up hundreds of gigabytes of files if you only want
| to back up a few family photos.


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| In an entry on the Home Server blog, program manager Chris Sullivan 
| said that the group has received nearly 2,400 bug reports so far from 
| beta testers, and still had 495, or about 21% of the total, classified 
| as "active."


Review: Excito Bubba home server

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| The Bubba is built around a 160MHz processor, which is only one tenth as fast 
| as a notebook computer's chip, but it uses a special version of the Linux 
| operating system rather than Windows, which means it's more than up to the 
| task.   
| Despite Linux having a fearsome reputation as being hard to set up and use, 
| setting up the Bubba was simple, as long as your router uses DHCP (this is 
| switched on by default for most routers).   


Multipurpose home server gains power, features

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| Quad Micro Works is prepping a second release of its Linux-based
| multipurpose home network, gateway, and server appliance. The new
| "Square One Personal Server" will integrate an 802.11g access point, 
| along with a 4-port router and file, print, and Web servers.


Compelling Linux server slithers into the open

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| Given the compact size of the Slug (it's smaller than most of
| the hard disk enclosures that plug into it), the low power
| consumption and the range of software available, it makes for 
| a pretty compelling little Linux server, particularly for
| developers.


Hardware Review: Bubba - The Linux-Based Mini Server

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| Microsoft would like you to think that their new Home Server products
| are something new; affordable devices that sit quietly in the corner
| of your home, providing network backup for your most important files,
| and streaming your media around your home. While Home Server is
| definitely a new approach for Microsoft, it's a niche that their
| nemesis Linux has been filling for some time. If Microsoft wanted
| a masterclass on how to craft their latest assault of consumers'
| homes, they should look to Excito and their Bubba Mini Server.


Server device deemed "best Linux-based product"

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| Bubba is a compact, fanless server appliance with an internal hard
| drive up to 500GB, a 200MHz ARM processor, and a fully customizable
| Debian Linux operating system. 


Compact, fanless home server runs Debian Linux

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| A small company in Sweden is shipping a low-power, ultra-quiet
| Linux file and print server based on Debian Linux. Excito's
| "Bubba" is based on a 200MHz ARM processor, and comes equipped
| with 80GB to 500GB drives plus a customizable OS featuring a
| handy torrent/http/ftp download manager.


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