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[News] [Rival] GNU/Linux a Better Platform for Development and Lessons from Sony's Walled Gardens

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] GNU/Linux a Better Platform for Development and Lessons from Sony's Walled Gardens
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:35:28 +0100
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Linux â A supercharged development environment

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| Linux has come a long way from being just a 
| geekâs operating system. But there is no doubt 
| that Linux is still the best operating system 
| for geeks and developers. The effect of Linux 
| as a development environment has not just been 
| limited to Linux, but has spread on all 
| systems including embedded devices. Projects 
| like Firefox, FileZilla, Qt and SuperTux were 
| originally created on Linux and then made 
| their way to different platforms.


Sony Deletes Feature On PS3's; You Don't Own What You Thought You Bought

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| It used to be when you bought a product, you 
| owned it. Simple, right? And once you owned 
| it, you could do what you want with it? But, 
| lately, thanks to digital products and an 
| always connected world, many companies have 
| changed things around -- so the products you 
| thought you owned, you actually rent. 



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.

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