As I noted in earlier posts about the upcoming Steam Machines, PCs that run Valve’s Steam OS, the gaming PCs were expected in 2014. Thankfully that’s coming true as CyberPowerPC has announced that it will have two Steam Machines on the market in the second half of 2014. You can check out the full press release, here.Read more
The internet and Linux were both relatively new things in 1999 for much of the world outside of academia. It was at that time that a new device came out that has since been eclipsed by other services. What am I talking about? What many consider the first DVR, the humble TiVo. And yes, TiVo runs Linux.
On the heels of Valve’s SteamOS and Steam Machine announcements comes a somewhat expected reveal, the Steam Controller. Valve appears to be going full steam ahead (see what I did there?) on their quest to be accepted into your living room and onto your HDTVs. The Steam Controller will be undergoing the same beta testing program as the SteamRead more
As I discussed earlier this week, Valve announced SteamOS. In Valve’s second major announcement this week, they have introduced Steam Machines, hardware designed to run SteamOS. This is the announcement many were expecting this week, most dubbing the previously mythical hardware SteamBox. Valve is keeping quiet on the details, only mentioning that the Steam Machines will be availableRead more
Valve’s announcement of SteamOS it reminded me of another hidden Linux system. It is the GPL software license that has allowed many devices to adopt Linux. Android and kiosks are just two of them. This also can include devices you wouldn’t think would need an operating system like your TV. Your TV probably runs Linux.
The GPL or GNU Public
Since getting the Roku box, one thing I have loved about it was that I could use the Plex Media Server to stream my personal content at home to my TV. Plex Media Server is a media streaming server available for Linux, Windows, and Mac; it is also supported on select Network Attached Storage(NAS) boxes like those available from Qnap
I am still lamenting the decision Google made to kill off Google Reader. While I am generally ok with Feedly, I am actually in the same boat I was with Google Reader when I use another service like Feedly. If Feedly goes away, then I am stuck yet again. So I began searching for other alternatives and had a friend
The biggest criticism I have of Android and iOS challenger UbuntuOS is that they made an announcement with no hardware that was even close to shipping. Well, the Mozilla project has gone a step further and announced that they will have not one, but two developer phones to ship next month with the new FirefoxOS.
The Mozilla Project announced
Have you ever looked at the Playstation Vita or Nintendo 3DS and thought that they look great, but you would rather have a handheld gaming system that ran inexpensive open-source games but had physical control buttons? That is the concept behind the GCW-Zero: Open Source Gaming Handheld.
Project Title: GCW-Zero: Open Source Gaming Handheld
Closing Date for Funding:
I have long been a fan of Clement “Clem” Lefebvre’s distribution of Linux that goes by the name LinuxMint. LinuxMint is based on the popular Ubuntu distribution of Linux and also has a version that is based on the Debian distribution of Linux. LinuxMint is sleek and sticks to a traditional desktop style interface unlike Ubuntu’s Unity Interface andRead more
Many tablet makers ship their Android tablets with locked bootloaders, and some don’t even provide an unlock utility for allowing the hacker types, like myself, to load custom ROMs like CyanogenMod. Well, my friends at ZaReason are now shipping the ZaTab, which not only has an unlocked bootloader, but will eventually ship with CyanogenMod 9 which is the latest version
In the spirit of Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier’s post over on Linux.com, I thought I would craft my list of 10 important open source desktop applications of the last year. Now I know that not every Gear Diary reader is a huge Open Source fan or follower, but these are projects to watch in the coming year. Some of this softwareRead more
The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft that was announced the other day has caused some speculation that the Intel powered AppUp store in general, and the MeeGo in particular might be the losers in this story.
Helena and I spoke with Peter Biddle, General Manager to AppUp Products and Services, and he said that despite this partnership, AppUp and Meego
A while back the OpenMoko project created the goal of bringing out a Linux based smartphone called the Freerunner. Then Google brought out what became the most successful Linux based operating system of all time, Android. Well, needless to say, the writing was on the wall. The clunky OpenMoko OS, with the behind the times hardware, was enough toRead more
OpenMoko’s Wikireader project has let you carry the entire contents of Wikipedia in the palm of your hand for about a year now. While the device’s design isn’t as awe inspiring as the NookColor or Kindle, it still is an interesting idea. Thankfully the developers have been hard at work and now have released a great update to the WikireaderRead more
It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed a laptop from ZaReason, the UltraLap SR. Now I’m reviewing something a bit smaller — the ZaReason Terra HD.
ZaReason is a different type computer company; every single computer they sell runs Linux, and they only ship Linux (or no operating system at all) on all of their machines. TheyRead more
There’s been a bunch of stuff going around the web about the Droid X and the fact that it likely will not be able to run custom ROMS and may even be hard to root. I’ll try to describe, in layman’s terms, what this may mean to a prospective Droid X buyer.
What is this root and custom rom thing?
Up until this year, I had only attended the Ohio LinuxFest being lucky enough to live in its host city of Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio LinuxFest is an awesome community driven event that amazes me every year it’s run. However, in 2010, I will be attending both the Ohio LinuxFest and the second year of the Southeast LinuxFest. I amRead more
Imagine not only building your own computer, but making the boards yourself. Yeah, it’s not something the common person would do, but Qi Hardware’s Ben NanoNote is open in a way most hardware isn’t. This is a similar model to the OpenMoko Freerunner and has been started by former members of the OpenMoko team.
Not only can you download the
XBMC is a full screen media center program similar to Apple’s Front Row, Windows Media Center, and Moovida. XBMC started out running on hacked versions of the original Xbox hardware. However, as the years have progressed and the original target, the first generation Xbox got old, the project ported the interface to Linux, Windows, OSX and Apple TV. There
Some of you may recognize the name Joe Born from the company Neuros, whose open source products we’ve been reviewing and talking positively about for years. What you may not know is that Joe also founded the company Digital Innovations over ten years ago. According to him, he hasn’t been “very active in it since starting Neuros, but recently theyRead more
Moovida is a media center with a smooth and slick interface, and I really liked it when I reviewed it a couple weeks ago. Moovida now has a plugin for Jamendo, the music 2.0 platform with all of their music under the Creative Commons umbrella of licenses.
The interface is strictly a streaming service for Jamendo. To download music,
For those who don’t know, the primary part of the Neuros Link is the Neuros.TV website that helps you find content on your Neuros Link from the web. Well, Joe has let me know that you are not just stuck with whatever Neuros and their hackers will give you. Now if you know of a site where a stream ofRead more
Joe Born has posted the first bounties for the Neuros Link.
The first bounty is $2500 for getting Netflix working directly on the Neuros Link, or $500 when working through a intermediary PC. This bounty has some stipulations: The programmer must beat Boxee, Ubuntu or Netflix themselves with the functionality. All of these people are working on getting Netflix streaming
As we prepare to give thanks for all the things we’ve been blessed with over the past year and eat a bunch of food, I was thinking of one thing I am most certainly thankful for and that’s Open Source Software. Without it, I could not be writing this post as we are a user of FOSS or Free andRead more