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[News] Sun-powered PC Reviewed at Linux Journal

  • Subject: [News] Sun-powered PC Reviewed at Linux Journal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 06:26:50 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Review: Aleutia E1

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| Linux Journal Gadget Guy, Shawn Powers, reviews the Aleutia E1, a small, 
| portable computer that uses very little electricity and can run on solar 
| power.  


It won't run Vista. Embedded Linux is still a hit while Microsoft cancels its
own conferences (see below).

Brazilian mobile embedded show slated for March

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| The second annual Bossa Conference on open source and mobile devices is open 
| for registration, says Brazilian Linux developers group OpenBossa.org. 
| Scheduled for March 16-19 in Porto de Galinhas, Recife, Brazil, Bossa 
| Conference '08 will feature speakers from OpenEmbedded, OpenMoko, Maemo, 
| Trolltech, and more.    



Nije Shikhi, and GNOME on 12 Volt DC

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| The computers to be used for that are based on the Geode platform,
| and are powered by a 12 volt DC battery (which is charged by
| solar cells). 


Microsoft cans key conference

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| SOFTWARE giant Microsoft has decided that it does not love its popular Mobile 
| and Embedded DevCon any more and has pulled the plug. 


Report: Linux, open source greener than Windows

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| A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open
| Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running
| Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last
| up to twice as long as machines running Windows.


Linux Could Prevent Use of 4,200,000,000 kg of Fossil Fuels a Year

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| It turns out that machines that use Linux go obsolete roughly half as
| fast as Windows machines. And when they do go obsolete, it's because
| of hardware, not software (the switch from floppy drives to CD-Rs
| being a prime cause.) Thus, a world using Linux would be a world
| with half the computer waste (and, admittedly, halved sales for Dell
| and the rest.)
| A widespread switch to Linux could prevent literally hundreds of
| thousands of tons of waste from going into landfills every year.
| Every computer not needed would prevent the use of 240 kg of fossil
| fuels. Spread that out over the 17.5 million computers that wouldn't
| be going obsolete every year and Linux could deliver the world a
| much more sustainable future.
| The good news is, the world looks like it's ready to upgrade from
| Windows. Most of Asia has switched, as least in part, to Open
| Source Software (OSS); some countries, such as Indonesia, also 
| think that Linux changes scofflaws into legit users. Cuba has
| reported a 500 percent increase in Linux installation in
| two years...


Vista poses environmental dangers

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| Microsoft Vista could have serious environmental implications,
| experts have warned.
| The latest version of Windows uses encryption methods that are
| incompatible with some older PCs. It also features high-end
| graphics capabilities that can only run on newer hardware.


Greenpeace: Vista could trigger a deluge of electronic waste

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| Beau Baconguis of the Southeast Asia section of the environmental
| protection organization Greenpeace has warned that the introduction
| by Microsoft of its new operating system Windows Vista might as a
| side effect trigger a deluge of electronic waste (E-waste). "With
| Vista, Microsoft could effectively hasten the obsolesence of half
| the world's PCs, especially in the absence of fully-functioning
| global take back systems for PCs," Ms. Baconguis declared.


Vista gets slated - by the Greens

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| The Green Party has slammed Microsoft and it's forthcoming operating
| system, Windows Vista, in a withering attack on the company's "monopoly".
| Microsoft not only takes criticism for allegedly environmentally
| unfriendly policies, but for attacking civil liberties.
| The party claims that "Vista gives Microsoft the ability to lock
| you out of your computer," and that "Microsoft are determined not
| to play fair" in the video content market.


Use GNU/Linux and help save the planet

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| Are Windows users, not by choice, the worst polluters of the planet
| relative to GNU/Linux? Well, not intentionally but the lifecycle of
| a machine running Windows must be shorter than that of a
| conscientious Linux user who can prevent that old 400MHZ Celeron PC
| with 128MBs of memory gathering dust in the corner from heading for
| the scrapheap. 
| [...]
| The Chinese have a saying: the journey of a thousand miles begins
| with the first step. Reusing a puffing and wheezing old computer
| by installing a minimal GNU/Linux distro and staving off the day
| when it trudges forlornly to the scrapheap is at least a baby step
| in the right direction.


Going green

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| Linux is a free, open-source alternative to Windows that will happily
| run on older computers that struggle to run XP or Vista.



Computers in schools are an environmental time-bomb

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| Schools are using computers as room
| heaters which then need to be cooled using expensive air conditioning
| and Modern thin-client networks could reverse this trend and are
| available from the Open Source community and vendors of proprietary
| software today.


How Windows XP Wasted $25 Billion of Energy


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