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LPhoto 2.0, a free Free Software magazine, and a stereo for every room!

Pictures This: LPhoto 2.0

Shutterbugs, listen up! Linspire (http://www.linspire.com) has released LPhoto 2.0, the newest release of the company’s photo management application for Linux.

In addition to an improved user interface and niceties such as drag-and-drop import and export, LPhoto 2.0 is now “plug and play” compatible with hundreds of digital cameras. Other enhancements include a new web templating system for site synchronization, the ability to burn images to CD or VCD and an Open-GL slideshow.

Linux may still lack some of the tools found on Mac OS X and Windows, but applications such as LPhoto are rapidly closing the gap.

Linspire offers LPhoto for free to Click-and-Run Warehouse subscribers, and for$ 19.95 to non-members. Or, if you want to build the code yourself, the source code is readily available. Just point, click, and shoot.

Free, as in Print: Free Software Magazine

What’s better than free software? How about a free magazine about free software?

Edited by Tony Mobily, author of Hardening Apache, Free Software Magazine (http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com) is a new, free periodical devoted to the goals, challenges, practices, philosophies, and community of open source. The format of the magazine is an intriguing mix of technical articles, advocacy, insights about intellectual property and copyrights, and more. For example, the first issue features articles on password management, live CDs, the pros and cons of XML, and how to promote the adoption of free software.

The magazine is available in HTML and PDF format. Free Software Magazine may not quench a thirst like free beer, but it’s just as enjoyable.

Party on the Ceiling: Sonos ZonePlayer

Sonos (http://www.sonos.com), a startup founded to design the ultimate digital music distribution system, has released the ZonePlayer, a Linux-based system that can deliver music to every room in your house.

To use the ZonePlayer, which is a single-board computer without a fan or hard drive, you plug in a set of speakers and a subwoofer, connect it to a network, and stream music from a shared drive or from network-attached storage. To make the network connection, the ZonePlayer houses a 4-port Ethernet switch or can communicate with other ZonePlayers in the same “zone” using Sonosnet, a proprietary peer-to-peer wireless mesh network. Sonosnet took two years to develop and can effortlessly route a signal to multiple ZonePlayers.

Each ZonePlayer can be controlled using desktop software or via a very cool handheld remote. Sporting a full-color LCD screen and iPod style scroll wheel (pictured), the remote control uses Sonosnet to talk with the ZonePlayers.

The ZonePlayer looks like a must have for the serious audiophile. And once the hacker community gets a hold of the ZonePlayers, some more creative uses are sure to pop up. A starter package with 2 players and a remote costs$ 1,199.

Planning the Big Switch: Linux Migration Cookbook

One day, all desktops and servers will run Linux. Until then, we can only dream. And scheme. So when the “suits” demand pesky facts like return on investment, migration scenarios, and total cost of ownership, reach for the recipes in the Linux Client Migration Cookbook, a free e-book recently published by IBM. You can download a copy from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246380.pdf.

The cookbook touches on a bevy of topics, including reasons to migrate, human factors, application porting, and training. The book is also an excellent resource for justifying Linux adoption. Better yet, it will help you develop, implement, and execute a migration plan — perhaps a Herculean task in some organizations — much more smoothly.

Grab the Linux Client Migration Cookbook and make your dream a reality today. (Or hit management over the head with it.)

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