Penguin Gadgets and Gizmos

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Mobile Monster Makes Maemo

Mobile monster Nokia has released an interesting new product certain to catch the eye of Linux geeks. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, which should be available by the time you read this, is a PDA-sized device designed for surfing the web.
Now, what’s really interesting is that Nokia has released almost all of the 770 software as open source. The Nokia operating system, called Internet Tablet 2005, is based on Debian Linux, uses kernel 2.6.11, and runs GNOME. As if the 770 wasn’t already begging to be hacked, Nokia has launched a community development site, Maemo (http://www.maemo.org/).

The 770 (pictured at right) uses a 220 MHz Texas Instruments processor, includes both Bluetooth and 802.11g, 64 MB of flash memory, and an MMC slot for adding storage. It weighs in at just over a half-pound with a battery life of a few hours. Several Internet and media applications are bundled with the device.
The 770 has an estimated price of $350. For more information, see http://www.nokia.com/770/.

Look Out, Citrix! Here Comes FreeNX!

Remote desktop clients such as VNC, Citrix, and even Terminal Services are useful, but they’re often slow and unresponsive. Now, an amazing open source project, FreeNX, aims to change all that.
Based on NoMachine’s NX software (http://www.nomachine.com/), which was released under the GNU Public License in 2003, the open source FreeNX (http://freenx.berlios.de) features OpenSSH security and blazing-fast performance — it’s even fast enough to run over dial-up connections! FreeNX is simply amazing and makes thin-clients shine.

The FreeNX project offers both client and server software. NoMachine, FreeNX’s commercial counterpart, offers an enhanced version of the product with many support options. If you’re looking for a remote desktop or thin-client solution, look no further then FreeNX.

Linspire to the Rescue

Hardcore gamers have always had a hard time with the Penguin, since most games run only on Microsoft operating systems. But relief is on the way…
Linspire has teamed up with Transgaming Technologies to create Cedega for the Linspire Linux desktop. Cedega (http://www.linspire.com/cedega/) allows users to play hundreds of Windows-only games right out of the box. The $44.95 application provides a setup wizard and the companies claim there’s no loss in game-play or performance.
Hats off to Linspire for addressing an often ignored market — Linux gamers. If you’ve been dual-booting or switching between machines just to get your Diablo fix, check out Cedega today.

Coming Soon to DVD

Surely you’re familiar with Knoppix (http://www.knoppix.org/), the bootable Linux distribution that’s won fans all over the world. The amazing Knoppix LiveCD is a great tool for winning over newbies or taking Linux on the road, thanks to the myriad of applications it packs on one plastic disc.
But 700 MB just isn’t enough to contain the burgeoning pool of open source applications. So, how about a Knoppix DVD? OK!
Knoppix 4.0, which was recently released, Knoppix is now available as a traditional version on CD and an expanded version on DVD. The DVD version includes several desktop managers, graphical tools, and office applications — in short, pretty much everything you could ever want.
Looks likes it’s time to invest in a new DVD burner!

eBay Opens Up

Internet behemoth eBay recently launched a development center to assist open source programmers create web services. The initiative, the eBay Community Codebase (http://www.codebase.ebay.com/) allows developers to access code for both eBay and PayPal applications.
eBay already has 15,000 registered developers who have created a myriad of applications related to the site’s auctions. The Community Codebase is designed to be a hub for developers to contribute and share code.
Some of the applications popping up? An eBay button for Firefox and an application for accessing auctions using a Tivo. Very cool!
Let’s hope other major sites follow eBay’s lead and embrace the open source way.

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