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Developer Linux News for Feb 03, 2009

  • Phantom Operating System to kill Windows AND Linux (Feb 03, 2009, 23:32)
    CrunchGear: "In Zavalishin's Phantom OS, snapshots of the entire system will be continually saved to disk, preserving state for running applications and active data. There are no files in the traditional sense, instead a file is merely an object with persistent state. Neat!"

  • Linux Defenders organize to fight patent trolls (Feb 03, 2009, 21:53)
    Network World: "If you think that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) desperately needs help to clean the earwax out of its cerebral sulci, there's an excellent example from the world of Linux that would bear watching and emulating in other fields."

  • A NVIDIA VDPAU Back-End For Intel's VA-API (Feb 03, 2009, 21:02)
    Phoronix: "Just over a month ago we shared that patches had emerged to support Intel's VA-API in MPlayer and FFmpeg. VA-API supports popular video formats such as MPEG-4 and VC-1 and is able to accelerate IDCT, Motion Compensation, LVC, bit-stream processing, and other functions..."

  • JavaScript Data Types (Feb 03, 2009, 02:32)
    The JavaScript Chronicles: "This week we cover JavaScript Data Types. There are a number of different types of data that JavaScript can work with. The different types of data are Numbers, Strings, Boolean, null, and undefined. Each is used in a slightly different way for varying functionality."