Ubuntu Netbook Remix [Video]

6 07 2008

At Computex, earlier this year, Canonical Ltd. announced a “remix”, as they call it, of Ubuntu. This OS is meant for the ultraportable market, such as the Asus Eee PC or the MSI  Wind. In essence, it is a slimmed down version of Ubuntu with a simple, easy to navigate window picker and an application launcher optimized for ultraportables. Also, it is optimized to take advantage of the Intel Atom processor being built into newer ultraportables. The first consumer products to ship with Netbook Remix installed are planned for late 2008. Check out the two-minute video posted below or head on over to the official Ubuntu Netbook remix page.

UPDATE: There is also a much better quality video from the Canonical site, available here.





Windows 7 Preview at ATD

27 05 2008
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This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…except, not really. Both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have decided to showcase their upcoming OS, nicknamed Windows 7, at All Things Digital this evening. Its not exactly as clear as stating “This is Windows 7”, although I wish it was. Its more of a preview of what to expect on Windows 7. What’s been detailed so far is that the new OS will have multi-touch capabilities, presumably acting like the Microsoft Surface table. So far, it looks like a tablet PC with multi-touch; nothing too awe-inducing, unfortunately. Also noted, is that Windows 7 will not be a completely new operating system, but it will use the same base as Vista, so when the upgrade takes place next time around, it will hopefully go smoother than the previous one. The timetable for Windows 7’s release is somewhere around 2010, with both 32-bit and 64-bit. Previous quotes by people within Microsoft have hinted at the touch-controlling abilities in the new system. Hilton Locke, who worked on the Tablet PC team at Microsoft mentioned the features in an interview in December.

“I will say that if you are impressed by the “touch features” in the iPhone, you’ll be blown away by what’s coming in Windows 7. Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales.”

Also, Bill Gates stated that it will be “a big step forward” for speech technology and handwriting recognition.

Gizmodo’s following the entire thing minute-by-minute, but I’ve added some photos at the bottom to show what they’re exactly demoing. (Pictures from Gizmodo)

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Put Fedora 9 on a USB Stick [Linux]

24 05 2008

A little bit ago, the people over at Lifehacker published a great article on putting the latest version of Fedora on a 1GB+ USB thumb drive. The steps are abut as simple as can be. All that’s necessary is for the user to download the live-usb creator, extract it and run it. Also, the program allows you to allocate how much space you want available to save applications/files to your USB drive (its titled “Persistent Overlay”). If you still don’t feel comfortable doing it, you can check out the whole article and tips for problem-solving here.








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