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[News] GNU/Linux and Television Develop Affairs, 'Microsoft Police' Intervening

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Watch TV with Linux

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| In our modern, and busy, world the separation between home computers and home 
| entertainment systems is fast fading. Linux makes it a cinch to build your 
| own PVR, allowing you to watch, pause and record live TV broadcasts.  


Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux

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| Here is a list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few 
| other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here 
| represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m 
| just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will 
| be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.    


The Microsoft police is already preparing propaganda that indicates "Sharing"
= "Copyright infringement" (ignoring Linux ISOs and other large files).

BSA flashes gums at 'online software scams'

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| The group, in its latest effort to crack down on what it describes as “online 
| software scams”, claimed (pdf) that BSA members lost an estimated $525m in 
| sales as a result of BitTorrent site users downloading their software.  


BitTorrent = sharing of /any/ arbitrary file. They just try to suffocate the
medium and even tax any storage device, negelcting to realise that they label
everyone an "inf-ringer", publish everyone, and prevent nothing in terms of
sharing. It's an exercise in massive-scale scam.


Linux box shifts media from TV to mobile phone

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| KDDI's 'au BOX' hits the market in November for ¥315 (£1.60) a month,
| offering subscribers to its mobile phones the opportunity to fill their
| handsets with media via the TV set.
| Instead of using a PC and some kind of iTunes-like software to move movies
| and music to phones, the au BOX enables the TV as a web browser and prepares
| anything downloaded from au's various media services for transfer to a phone.
| Unified bill
| The Linux-based machine also has a DVD drive and can rip films and music CDs
| into a phone-compatible format too. Once done, it's a simple matter of
| connecting box and handset via USB for a quick mobile media hit.


Death knell for television as we know it

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| Japanese media reports say the new television, which is likely to run on the
| open source Linux operating system rather than Microsoft Windows to save
| boot-up time, could be on sale locally by next March.


Embedded Linux has more friends than you may know

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| Sony recently announced that one of its BRAVIA LCD TV factories will double
| production from 2 million TV sets per year to 4 million to meet growing
| demand in Europe. Sony has sold more than 20 million of these TVs, and
| they're all built with embedded Linux.
| So what? Embedded Linux is no surprise. Sony and tens of thousands of other
| companies, from huge to tiny, use embedded Linux every day to deliver
| successful products in every market. That is not news.
| Ten years ago, though, embedded Linux was a surprising-even shocking-idea to
| most people. Back in 1998, fresh from victory in the RTOS industry, I
| introduced the idea of building a software company to make Linux a suitable
| OS for developing smart devices. When I told people the idea, they gawked as
| if I was a few lines short of compilable code.
| "You want to build a company on software that's available for free?" I was
| asked. "Based on the gigantically bloated Unix OS? And with some oddball GPL
| license? How fast do you expect people to kick you out of their office?"
| Every market survey showed that the demand for embedded Linux was zero. When
| we released our first product, industry experts agreed that nobody needed it.
| Embedded Linux won't work because it is "too big, too slow, and not
| real-time," said the head of one RTOS company. The president of another
| derided embedded Linux as "a royal pain in the ass," so no developer would
| ever use it.
| I took heart from a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi: "First they ignore
| you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
| [...]
| Analyst firms don't agree on how many device engineers use embedded Linux,
| but they all say the number is substantial: 21% of developers use embedded
| Linux, according to last year's Embedded Systems Design survey; 36.7%,
| according to current research by Embedded Market Forecasters. This April, VDC
| reported that Linux is now the leading embedded OS. It shouldn't be
| surprising. After all, commercial Linux vendors succeed because they
| understand what design engineers are looking for.

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