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Developer Linux News for Jan 22, 2010

  • Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform? (Jan 22, 2010, 21:04)
    Bob Sutor: "I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows?"

  • Element media.OS v1.0 Beta Now Available (Jan 22, 2010, 20:34)
    LinuxPR: The first beta of what will become Element MediaOS version 1.0, an HTPC centric distribution based on Ubuntu 9.10, is available for testers and developers.

  • Tech Comics: "Geeks and Debugging" (Jan 22, 2010, 20:04)
    Tech Comics: "That's easy..."

  • Ten essential Python tips for beginners (Jan 22, 2010, 19:04)
    Linux User and Developer: "We’ve compiled ten essential Python tips especially for the new user, so without further ado, let’s get started..."

  • GNOME Revamps and Renews Outreach Program for Women (Jan 22, 2010, 18:04)
    OStatic: "While the greater free software community, media outlets, conferences and projects are finding diverse ways to draw women to open source, the GNOME Foundation's Outreach is built on a familiar framework."

  • ReactOS Hits a Fork In The Road (Jan 22, 2010, 16:04)
    Netstat -vat: "I've been writing about the ReactOS for at least five years (the project itself is more than 10 years old). It's an effort to try and replicate a Windows operating system in open source."

  • Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10 (Jan 22, 2010, 15:34)
    Softpedia: "We are proud to present today a new Ubuntu-based (or Remix) Linux distribution, this time for electronics. Called Ubuntu Electronics Remix, or UER for short, it is based on the popular Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) operating system and comes as a Live DVD ISO image with lots of free electronics software."

  • LCA 2010: Allison warns of patent traps in Mono (Jan 22, 2010, 14:17)
    IT Wire: "Patents are the only threat that Microsoft can brandish against free and open source software and that is exactly why people should be wary of the Mono project, free software advocate and Samba hacker Jeremy Allison told a packed auditorium at the 11th LCA today."

  • 'Microsoft-free' virtual desktop startup gets $4m funding (Jan 22, 2010, 10:34)
    TechWorld: "A start-up teaming up with IBM to build "Microsoft-free" virtual desktops and deliver them through a cloud computing model has secured $4 million in first-round venture financing."

  • The Open-PC: one step closer to open-hardware (Jan 22, 2010, 07:34)
    Free Software Magazine: "At the Gran Canaria Open Desktop Summit in July 2009, the Open-PC project was announced. The statement said the project aimed to “cooperatively design a Free Software based computer by and for the community”. Further this PC would use only hardware for which there are free software drivers available."

  • Illuminating the elephant in the open source room (Jan 22, 2010, 06:04)
    Computerworld: "Microsoft is an elephant that needs to be turned to stop it trampling the open source community, according to a vocal critic of the software giant's approach to software patents."

  • Amazon Kindle Development Kit promises ereader Active Content (Jan 22, 2010, 03:04)
    Slashgear: "Amazon have announced a software development platform for their Kindle ebook reader, which will allow developers to create “active content” for the E Ink device."

  • BAE Systems uses MontaVista Linux in gun systems (Jan 22, 2010, 00:04)
    EE Times: "BAE Systems Bofors (Karlskoga, Sweden) has selected MontaVista Linux to power its latest naval and artillery gun systems."