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[News] Linux Targets More Devices Around the House, Sony Scared of Hacks

  • Subject: [News] Linux Targets More Devices Around the House, Sony Scared of Hacks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:27:38 +0100
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Datalight simplifies data storage for Linux-based devices  

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| Datalight Inc. announced support for Linux 
| kernel versions up to 2.6.29 with new 
| versions of FlashFX Tera, the file-system 
| independent flash memory manager and 
| Reliance Nitro, its high-performance file 
| system. FlashFX Tera version 1.2 offers 
| out-of-the-box support for over 300 
| different flash memory parts from various 
| suppliers, expanding the choice for OEMs 
| (original equipment manufacturers) using 
| flash memory. 


Calsoft enters digital home market

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| Product engineering and enterprise 
| solutions company Calsoft, a 100-per cent 
| subsidiary of the US -based Calsoftlabs, 
| today announced its entry into the digital 
| home market.
| [...]
| The company said it would target services 
| towards software platforms based on Linux, 
| Windows and Android.


Sony Zaps PlayStation 3 'Install Other OS' Feature

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| Sony's spin goes something like this: By 
| removing the feature, the company says it 
| "will help ensure that PS3 owners will 
| continue to have access to the broad range 
| of gaming and entertainment content from 
| SCE and its content partners on a more 
| secure system."
| Translation: You get something you already 
| have ("access to [a] broad range of gaming" 
| etc.) in trade for nothing, while Sony gets 
| to close what it now deems a hacker 
| loophole. What's good for Sony is good for 
| you, in other words.
| Except when it's not (good for you, that 
| is). Running Linux on the PS3 allows 
| amateur developers to tinker with the PS3's 
| Cell processor, Sony sanctioned, and cobble 
| together home-baked utilities and games. 
| It's also been used by researchers to build 
| "discount supercomputers" to run scientific 
| simulations that might otherwise "cost 
| thousands of dollars." North Carolina State 
| University professor Frank Mueller called 
| it "$50,000 worth of computer power for a 
| mere $5000."
| The majority reaction on Sony's PlayStation 
| blog won't surprise anyone.



INTERVIEW: Sony Ericssonâs head of partner engagement

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| >Does supporting multiple OS's make it
| >difficult to attract developers, some of
| >whom would prefer a single, closed system?
| Yes and no. On one hand you want to have a
| completely open environment, open standards
| and, where possible, open-source and a means
| of collaborating and sharing around a lot of
| things. On the other hand, giving the
| developers and the creators the freedom of
| choice and freedom of expression - the more
| you do that it really becomes difficult in
| terms of driving things in a very consistent
| manner.

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