BeagleBone offers up ARM A8 processor, Linux and 10-second boot for 89 bones

BeagleBoard has kept our collective news-tails wagging with plenty of (often disparate) DIY hardware projects. Now, the BeagleBone ($89) has arrived, with Linux Angstrom preinstalled, and power provided through a USB port. Giving the hardware more of a chew reveals Open GL ES 2.0, a microSD connector and two 46-pin female expansion headers for easy augmentation. There’s also a 100Mbit Gigabit Ethernet connection on this new development platform, which promises to play nice with older BeagleBoard, er, boards. Serial (port) DIYers can check out a full run-down video after the break.

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gPodder – A Full Featured Podcast Client for Linux

This article was written on October 09, 2007 by CyberNet.

We gave gPodder a quick mention a while ago, but it has improved greatly over the last couple of months. Here’s a quick rundown of gPodder’s most important features.


Channel browser
newitemYou can quickly navigate through your channels by using the channel browser on the left side of the screen. When new episodes are available for download, the number of new episodes will be shown next to the channel’s name. You can also set a channel cover for each RSS feed, either by letting gPodder fetch it or by pointing the application to an image on your hard disk.

synchronizationMP3 player and iPod synchronization
gPodder is among the first Linux applications that fully supports podcast synchronization with iPods (except for the new ones, read this article for details). People with directory-based MP3 players can use gPodder’s synchronization functionality too though.

Bandwidth throttling
throttling I for one like to do other stuff on the internet while gPodder is taking care of my podcasts. If you’re like me, you might want to limit the number of simultaneous downloads and the download rate in Preferences so that it doesn’t consume all your bandwidth.

BitTorrent feed support
If you’re one of the few people who has heard of BitTorrent feeds, you’ll be happy to know that gPodder can handle BitTorrent feeds to some extent. I haven’t tried it, but it’s there.

Although gPodder is among the best Linux podcast clients I’ve ever seen, it does have some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that if you delete a podcast in gPodder, it doesn’t remove it from your iPod during the next synchronization. This means that you’ll have to do it manually using a tool such as gtkpod. The developer of gPodder is aware of this issue, but a fix for this annoyance has yet to be released.

Windows version?
A Windows port(?) of gPodder is in the works. Unlike the Linux version, it doesn’t support iPod synchronization because the piece of software it relies on to synchronize podcasts to your iPod is currently only available for Linux. There’s no word yet on when and if gPodder for Windows will ever get out of testing phase. You can read this post on the developer’s blog for more details.

How to install
Ubuntu users can download version 0.9.4 (which is not the current version) from the Ubuntu repositories by going to Applications > Add/Remove. If you’re not an Ubuntu user, check out the download page for instructions. The latest greatest gPodder version can be installed from its source. Just extract the package, open a terminal, navigate to the directory where you extracted the package (using ‘cd /path/to/the/directory‘) and finally execute ‘sudo make install‘. If you’re going to install gPodder from its source, make sure that all dependencies have been installed on your system.


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Ubuntu coming to tablets, phones, cars and smart TVs by 2014

Ubuntu Tablet

We’ve already seen Ubuntu running on tablets and smartphones, but not in any official capacity. Rumors had it that Canonical would be making a serious push into the tablet space in early 2011, but that effort never materialized, or at least was never acknowledged. Still, Unity has some finger-friendly streaks and Oneiric added ARM support — so it’s not much of a stretch to see the popular Linux distro on your mobile devices. Well, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth made that move official by issuing a challenge to the Ubuntu community to start pushing beyond the traditional PC form factor. Few details were given, but Shuttleworth did say that he believes the time is right for the OS to start making moves into the tablet, phone, in-dash infotainment and smart TV spaces. There were no products to announce, but Shuttleworth was confident the OS would be ready and in shipping consumer electronics by the time version 14.04 arrived in April of 2014. Though, we’re sure some prototypes will start showing up sooner rather than later.

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Dropbox for Teams offers businesses copious amounts of sharable storage

Dropbox for Teams

Dropbox is an indispensable part of many a computer users’ arsenal, including several here at Engadget. But, the company hasn’t had a viable option for businesses who would have an obvious use for a tool that allows you to easily sync files between PCs, share them amongst users and always have backups in the cloud. The boys and girls at the Y Combinator startup know that there’s lots of money to be made in the enterprise space and that’s why they’ve unveiled Dropbox for Teams. The general experience is the same, but rather than individually managed chunks of storage, teams share one large repository, starting at 1TB for five users. The base plan costs $795 a year and additional users, which also includes 200GB of storage, can be tacked on for $125 annually. The business offering also includes special tools for administrators to add or delete users and dedicated phone support. Check out the full PR after the break.

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Boo! Five of the best geeky Halloween pumpkins

Probably one of the geekiest holidays of all, Halloween brings many traditions with it. Eating enough candy until one bursts, designing just the right Dr. Who costume to impress friends and last but not least, making the best geeky pumpkin carving to one up those pesky neighbors! If you are a bit behind in your […]

Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China

Ubuntu on Dell in China

In 2007 Dell started a highly publicized experiment with loading Ubuntu on some of its machines. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a resounding success — despite Michael Dell’s ringing endorsement. Though their relationship seems to have petered out (US customers won’t find a single machine running Canonical’s open-source OS on Dell’s site), the two companies aren’t quite ready file for separation just yet. The two are looking to rekindle their love by heading across the Pacific, to China. Initially the Linux-loaded lappies will be available in 220 retail locations across the country with accompanying branding to promote Ubuntu. Clearly only time will tell if this attempt to save their marriage will be successful, but we’re pretty confident Chinese consumers will be more receptive to an alternative OS than Americans were. One more pic after the break.

Update: Turns out there are still a couple of Ubuntu-equipped machines available in the US, but only to business customers and the landing page that once championed their partnership has disappeared.

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IRL: Kingston Wi-Drive, Dyson DC35 and being an Ubuntu fanboy

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

The lively comments in yesterday’s Nest thermostat post got us thinking: for all our talk of smartphones and Ultrabooks, it’s the mundane, not-glamorous stuff that we’re spending most of our money on. Take Brad, for instance, who had to make room in his iTunes library for the Aladdin soundtrack and had to get creative after maxing out his iPhone’s (non-expandable) storage. Or Zach, who felt not one, but two vacuum cleaners were necessary in his bachelor pad. And at least one of us avoids paying anything by choosing to tinker around in Ubuntu. How’d Brad make do with his 16GB of fixed storage? Why is Zach such a compulsive cleaner? And who’s the Linux fanboy on staff? Meet us after the break to find out.

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OpenSUSE 10.3 Review (Release is Tomorrow)

This article was written on October 03, 2007 by CyberNet.

For the longest time I was always a huge fan of OpenSUSE. Up until about a year ago that was all I used on the Linux side of things, but Ubuntu’s quickly rising popularity caused me to start using that more. Tomorrow, however, will mark the release of OpenSUSE 10.3, and I flipped through a lot of documentation today to see what it was going to include.

I started over at the review of the first release candidate, and then moseyed on over to the OpenSUSE news page to see what they’ve had to say the last few weeks. From what I’ve seen I think it will be time to rekindle the old flame when OpenSUSE 10.3 is released tomorrow. :)

–One Click Install (More Info)–

SUSE engineers recognized the hassle that installing some applications presented. They understand the burden of needing to locate packages, add repositories, and then perform the install process. The solution? One-Click Install! There is a package explorer website setup that will aid users in finding packages, and once they have found what they are looking for they just press the One-Click Install button to initiate the installation. A wizard will automatically begin, and the necessary repositories will be added:

OpenSUSE One Click Install

The installation process will then continue, and in no time at all you should have your new program running. I like how this works, and it’s nice to see that more steps are being taken to make software installation easier.

–Compiz & Compiz Fusion (More Info)–

I’m a sucker when it comes to eye candy, and OpenSUSE 10.3 is putting a lot of it at your fingertips. Compiz features will be available out-of-the-box, and Compiz Fusion can be installed using the One-Click Install that I mentioned above. Before diving into enabling these features let’s drool over a collage showcasing the Linux goodness:

OpenSUSE Compiz 

To get Compiz up and running just enable Desktop Effects in GNOME, or type gnome-xgl-switch –enable-xgl (in GNOME or KDE) into the terminal.

To get Compiz Fusion installed you’ll have to take advantage of the new One-Click Install. Click here for more information on doing that.

–KDE 4 and GNOME 2.20–

OpenSUSE KDE Games OpenSUSE 10.3 will have the latest version of both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments. KDE 4 and all of its glorious features will be included. For the players out there you’ll be pleased to know that there are several games bundled with it: KMahjongg, KMines, KPatience, KReversi and KSudoku. Many of these had been included in previous versions of KDE, but now in KDE 4 they have been revamped to include better graphics! Suddenly I have an urge to play Reversi. :D

And we can’t forget about the inclusion of GNOME 2.20! Normally I’m more of a KDE fan myself, but the SUSE engineers have found ways to make me yearn for a sampling of what GNOME has to offer. It started with the unique Start Menu, called SLAB, that they created (pictured below), and now they have a sweet World Clock Applet that can be retrieved from the tray. Among other elements of the GNOME Desktop, SLAB has received some minor updates to the appearance.


–And More–

You thought that was it? I don’t think so! OpenSUSE 10.3 has hundreds of improvements, bug fixes, and enhancements that will please users in ways they didn’t even know was possible. ;) Take a look at some of the other significant enhancements:

  • There have been a lot of changes to the bootup process, and the result is phenomenal to say the least. You should find that your computer reaches the login screen in about half the time that it did in OpenSUSE 10.2.
  • You only need to download 1 CD for installation! There will now be a CD for KDE, and another for GNOME that will be used for installing OpenSUSE. Prior to this there were 5 CD’s available, three of which were required for installation. Now you just have to pick the desktop environment you want, and then download only that CD.
  • Better multimedia support, which prompts you to install codecs that currently aren’t on your system.
  • Includes the latest 2.3.
  • Includes a program called Giver that can be used to transfer files with other Giver users. Any Giver users on the network are automatically recognized, and the transferring works without any extra configuration.
  • And there’s still more!

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Linux kernel hits 3.1, adds support for NFC and Wiimotes

Linux kernel 3.1

In May Linux finally saw the release of kernel version 3.0, an evolutionary update to the popular open-source platform that was nearly 15 years in the making. Today, version 3.1 is making its debut, once again primarily offering small tweaks like better support for Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Cedar Trail chips and improved power management. But there are some new features getting baked in, including support for NFC and drivers for Wiimotes. The brave amongst you can download the sources from Git now (it hasn’t been posted to just yet), but we suggest you hold out until your distro of choice releases an official update.

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Boot Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Ophcrack, and Others From a USB Drive

This article was written on January 11, 2011 by CyberNet.


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A few years ago I used to keep spindles of blank CDs and DVDs next to my computer because I was frequently burning discs, but over the last year or two that has drastically changed. Now I have my discs tucked away since I barely burn one or two discs per year. Since I love playing around with different Linux distributions I went looking for a way to test them all out without needing to use CDs or DVDs.

One tool that has helped me alleviate my reliance on burning discs is UNetbootin. It’s a free utility that supports dozens of different Linux operating systems and makes them runnable off of your USB drive. What’s even better is that it can actually download the ISO file that it needs to deploy to your USB drive for most of the popular Linux variations. Here’s a list of the distributions where automatic downloading is supported, and in the list you’ll notice that there are also some utilities such as Ophcrack thrown into the mix:

  • Arch Linux
  • BackTrack – a utility used for network analysis and penetration testing.
  • CentOS
  • CloneZilla
  • Damn Small Linux
  • Debian
  • Dreamlinux
  • Dr. Web Antivirus – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Elive
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • FreeDOS – which can run BIOS flash and other legacy DOS utilities.
  • FreeNAS
  • Frugalware
  • F-Secure Rescue CD – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Gentoo
  • gNewSense
  • Gujin – a graphical bootloader that can also be used to boot various operating systems and media.
  • Kaspersky Rescue Disk – remove malware from Windows installs.
  • Kubuntu
  • LinuxConsole
  • Linux Mint
  • Mandriva
  • NetBSD
  • NimbleX
  • NTPasswd – a utility which can reset Windows passwords and edit the registry.
  • openSUSE
  • Ophcrack – a utility which can recover Windows passwords.
  • Parted Magic – a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions.
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Puppy Linux
  • Sabayon Linux
  • Slax
  • SliTaz
  • Smart Boot Manager – which can boot off CD-ROM and floppy drives on computers with a faulty BIOS.
  • Super Grub Disk – a boot utility that can restore and repair overwritten and misconfigured GRUB installs or directly boot various operating systems
  • Super OS
  • SystemRescueCD – a system repair, backup and recovery tool.
  • Ubuntu
  • xPUD
  • Xubuntu
  • Zenwalk

Thanks to UNetbootin you should be able to boot any of the above Linux distros from your USB drive as long as your BIOS supports being able to use the USB drive as a boot drive. The homepage also says that it should work with just about any any Linux ISO that you have saved on your computer regardless of whether it is in the list above.

UNetbootin Homepage (Windows/Linux; Freeware)

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