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Spotify for Linux launches for premium subscribers

Spotify for Linux launches for premium subscribers

Streaming music service Spotify has launched a Linux version of their software, now allowing open-source aficionados access to their catalog.  Following Spotify's Windows and Mac clients - and their various mobile apps - the early build still lacks some of the more advanced functionality of its siblings, including cached local storage for offline listening.  Most limiting, though, is the fact that it's only available for Spotify Premium subscribers.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon open-source efforts prove frustrating

Qualcomm Snapdragon open-source efforts prove frustrating

Qualcomm has found itself unwittingly annoying the open-source community by posting the source code for OpenGL ES 2D/3D Linux kernel driver for its Snapdragon chipset, as found in the Nexus One, Dell Streak and many other devices.  However, while the kernel driver is open-source, Qualcomm's user-space driver remains closed; that prompted David Airlie, who maintains the DRM for the Linux kernel at Red Hat, to tell Qualcomm - and anyone else considering doing the same half-hearted thing - "If you aren't going to create an open userspace driver (either MIT or LGPL) then don't waste time submitting a kernel driver to me."

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Insignia Infocast chumby-powered display gets hack instructions

Insignia Infocast chumby-powered display gets hack instructions

Best Buy have thrown the Insignia Infocast internet media display up for sale, and before you dismiss the 8-inch touchscreen device as just another "smart" photo frame, take a second look.  Powered by the same software as the hack-friendly Chumby, the Infocast has been described as "a $169, 800MHz ARM Linux computer with 128 MB of DDR2, 2 GB of mass storage and an 8-inch, 800 x 600 touchscreen display" by none other than Andrew "bunnie" Huang of Chumby itself.  He's revealed some of the Infocast's hidden secrets, having had a hand in the design of the touchscreen machine itself.

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Jolicloud 1.0 Bringing Touch Support Some Time in the Future [Video]

Jolicloud 1.0 Bringing Touch Support Some Time in the Future [Video]

Whens' the last time we saw a Jolicloud video demo? A little over a year ago. Sure, the Linux-based Operating System went into "pre-Beta" back in December, but we can safely say that it's been quite awhile since we last saw the social OS. Now, here we are that year later, and we get word from Jolicloud themselves that they're actually working on upgrading the OS, and doing so means support for touch-based screens, of course.

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Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 gets reviewed: Only niche appeal

Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 gets reviewed: Only niche appeal

Back when it was officially announced, we described Sharp's NetWalker PC-T1 slate as the epitome of a niche device, and sadly Pocketables' review hasn't done anything to change our opinion.  The Linux-based 5-inch MID does several things right - its ostensibly chunky casing turning out to fit nicely into the hands, and some intuitively placed hardware controls like an optical trackpad - but in the end sluggish performance spoils the show.

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HP Mini Classmate PC Breaks Cover at Computex

HP Mini Classmate PC Breaks Cover at Computex

Are you one of the many just getting out of school? Or, perhaps you've been out of school for years, but you still wait patiently for all those back-to-school specials for other reasons. It's a great time for deals, surely, but it's also a great time to see what companies are working on for their appropriate markets. For example, we've got here the HP Mini Classmate PC, which, as far as we can tell, looks crafted as much as possible to be for the kids out there in need of a laptop.

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Google junk Windows after security breach

Google junk Windows after security breach

The biggest fall-out from Google's Chinese hack incident back in January could be on Microsoft's bottom line, as the search giant moves to vanquish Windows PCs from employee desks.  According to the FT's sources, Google is giving staff a choice between OS X and Linux, with one unnamed employee saying that "we’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort."  Google have declined to comment, but according to other employees "getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval."

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Realease Shogo Tablet is 10 Inches of Developer Goodness

Realease Shogo Tablet is 10 Inches of Developer Goodness

You might've looked at that title a few times, thinking we made a typo. Well, we didn't. Realease (real-ease) have just pulled the curtain off a brand new 10-inch tablet that runs on Linux, and is predominantly designed for all the developers out there that would like a more mobile way to design things. It's got a few options to make any tablet fan out there happy, so let's just dig right into it.

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Excito Bubba Two: home server the size of a paperback

Excito Bubba Two: home server the size of a paperback

All the way back in early 2007 we mentioned Excito's Bubba super-compact home server, a palm-sized FTP, media and backup store, and now the company has updated things with the Excito Bubba Two.  As before, it's pretty darn small - 4.5 x 1.8 x 7 inches - and, since the enclosure is fanless, quiet too; choose an SSD model and it's silent.  For basic users it can be as straightforward as plug-and-play, whereas for those who prefer tinkering the full Debian Linux underpinnings are available to muck about with.

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HTC HD2 Android hack work-in-progress [Video]

HTC HD2 Android hack work-in-progress [Video]

Love the HTC HD2 hardware but hate Windows Mobile?  A full port of Android for the smartphone isn't quite ready yet, but the gang over at xda-developers are certainly one step closer to it.  They've managed to get Linux to boot on the smartphone, and to load - and play - a 720p HD video from the command line.  Currently they're not having much luck with a GUI, but the hack paves the way for a full install of Android on the 4.3-inch Snapdragon-based device.

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