The latest gadgets and gizmos for your Penguin

Eye candy, teeny penguins, and distributed backups. What more could a penguinista ask for?

Enlightened with Elive

Confess! You’re a sucker for eye candy, especially on your desktop. Well, feast your eyes on a new distribution that delivers one heck of a first impression. Based on Debian and powered by Enlightenment, Elive (http://www.elivecd.org/, pictured) is definitely eye catching, and a nice change from the standard KDE and GNOME desktops. Elive’s default theme is absolutely gorgeous.

Focusing heavily on multimedia applications and customization, Elive is targeted at the home market. If you don’t want to install Elive, take a test run using the live CD. Just don’t forget to wipe the drool off your keyboard.

Getting Griddy With It

Every once in a while, an open source project just smacks you in the face with it’s coolness. Chin up — here it comes.
Cleversafe (http://www.cleversafe.org/) allows you to create a distributed grid to store backups. Data from a designated machine is sliced up and spread out across the grid, which can vary from one machine to dozens, with no specific requirements. While each independent slice is worthless, a majority of pieces can be used to recreate lost data. Yep, if crazy penguins steal four of your ten backups machines, you’d still be safe.
And let me answer that pressing question that’s on your mind: yes, you need a distributed backup grid. You’re a power user with power data, so check out Cleversafe today.

Tiny Linux Boxen

Like sailors to the Sirens, geeks can’t help but fall for the lure of a tiny Linux box. They’re just so cute and little… and functional.

The KuroBox (http://kurobox.com/) is the latest miniature marvel to arrive from Whoville.The KuroBox sports a 266 MHz PowerPC processor, 128 MB of RAM, and USB and Gigabit Ethernet ports. It can support a 3.5” IDE drive, is ultra quiet, and runs on an amazingly miniscule 17 watts of power. Better yet, the $149 device already has quite a following — Debian, Gentoo, and Fedora run on the KuroBox.
If you’re a gadget addict, this is a must have for your collection. Remember, the one with the most toys wins!

Linux to Blades

ClearCube (http://www.clearcube.com/), a company that specializes in thin clients, recently shipped the Linux-powered I/Port I8020, a thin client with a clever twist. Each I/Port user connects to a server with several blades, and each user is allocated a dedicated Pentium 4 processor. The I/Port provides desktop power via a thin client. The I/Port uses the Remote Desktop Protocol to talk with the blades running Windows XP.

Initially targeting niche customers running low on space and power, the I/Port I8020 is intriguing. Traditional thin clients share one server’s resources, but the I/Port creates a cluster of workstations that can be managed in a central data center.
The power of a workstation, managed from the NOC? Pointy-haired managers should take a look.

Please send product announcements and product recommendations to Matt Tanase at class="emailaddress">tanase@qaddisin.com.

Comments are closed.