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Linux services without mains power 

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| The system runs Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. I wanted to run an apt-based distribution 
| and the long term support options are relevant to clients, so felt I should 
| run the same as I would install on other sites, though running Debian would 
| have been just as valid. I ran Gentoo for a while, whose optimisations are 
| great for this type of application, but you really need to be a full time 
| sysadmin to achieve the same consistency as with a non-source-based 
| distribution. Arch Linux is also tempting (I run that on my Asus eeepc with 
| XFCE 4.6) but a little too leading edge for this server requirement, for my 
| taste.        


"The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to
compel Microsoft to obey the law. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates
the two."

                                --Government official


Home Automation the Nokia Way

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| Nokia has opened a home automation project based around a Linux platform.
| They say you will be able to control your home from a browser or tablet or a
| cellphone. Direct to the project page.


Home automation in GNU/Linux

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| Home Automation is anything that your home does for you automatically to make
| living there more enjoyable or productive. It covers many areas, including
| remote and timed control of lights and electrical home appliances,
| distributed media services, and communication. Over the last 10 years, many
| hardware manufacturers have presented their own proprietary solutions to
| these problems. Unbeknownst to them, a groundswell of developers from around
| the world has been providing similar solutions to the free and open source
| community.
| In this introductory article, I will carry out a high-level review of a
| number of these projects to see what is already available.



Automation device maker taps commercial embedded Linux

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| Wind River has announced another design win for its Linux distribution
| targeting consumer electronics devices. AMX, which sells high-end industrial
| and home automation systems used in the White House's War Room and elsewhere,
| will switch its "Modero" touchpanels to Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux
| Edition (PCD-LE).


Glaucus Linux Powered Automation Appliance

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| "Glaucus is a computer configured specifically for the described
| automation tasks. Because it is not used as a general-purpose
| computer it is immune to problems like your children using
| software that interferes with the critical operations or even
| causes the computer to crash It uses the ultra-reliable Linux
| operating system. It has no monitor, keyboard or mouse. All
| interaction with it is through a browser interface..."

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