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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Ready for Download

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Ready for Download

Ubuntu seems to have a nice road map for their updates schedule, and sure enough, here's another one. Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" has just hit the market, available for download right now. There's plenty of changes to be had, along with the standard fixes and adjustments to the OS, there's surprises to be had by the latest edition of Ubuntu. Plus, "Lucid Lynx" is almost as cool as "Karmic Koala," so that's worth it.

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NorhTec Gecko Surfboard: $99 Linux PC in a keyboard

NorhTec Gecko Surfboard: $99 Linux PC in a keyboard

The oft-delayed ASUS Eee Keyboard is a great concept - squeezing everything from a nettop into a QWERTY form-factor - but what if your computing ambitions are even more moderate?  NorhTec reckon they have the product for you in the shape of the Gecko Surfboard, outwardly a regular QWERTY keyboard but actually packed with a 1GHz x86 system-on-chip (SoC), VGA and composite video outputs, 10/100 ethernet and optional WiFi b/g or even 3G.  The idea is you can hook it up to your TV or a spare monitor and get online without the hassle, bulk or cost of a regular nettop or PC.

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Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

The ebook reader market has steadily segmented into two niches: the entry-level, non wireless devices and the generally store-affiliated, connectivity-stuffed models. Astak's EZ Reader falls resolutely into the former category, a compact tablet with a 5-inch E Ink display and basic functionality. Amid the Kindles and Nooks of the world is there room for the EZ Reader? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Joker Racer R/C Server adds internet-based control [Video]

Joker Racer R/C Server adds internet-based control [Video]

Radio-controlled cars might not seem the most obvious place to mount a server, but JokerWorks disagree: the company has unveiled what they're calling the world's first Linux server for R/C cars, the Joker Racer R/C Server, easily allowing for remote internet-linked control.  To keep things simple, the Joker Racer unit hooks up to the standard servo cables already in the R/C car, together with an off-the-shelf webcam.

Video demo after the cut

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Giger DIY $10k walking robot [Video]

Giger DIY $10k walking robot [Video]

Over at Let's Make Robots! Tyberius is showing off Giger, his two-foot tall DIY humanoid 'bot.  A roughly 100 hour project so far, Giger runs embedded Linux and has both an integrated camera and WiFi, and apparently cost around $10,000 to build.

Now that might sound like an awful lot - probably because it is an awful lot - but you can blame the pro-quality servos.  Tyberius used Dynamixels RX-64 and RX-28 units, which come in at $300 and $200 each, respectively; however unlike cheap servos they put out a whopping 1,000 ounces per inch of torque.

We're not sure what we like most about Giger: his classic Cylon-style eye, mean looking pincers, or how easily he segues from a butch fighting stance to a reasonably camp wave.  Tyberius' next job is tightening up the dynamic balancing and getting the walking gait more natural; right now Giger looks a little drunk.

Video demo after the cut

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Motorola scale back LiMo Foundation involvement to focus on Android

Motorola scale back LiMo Foundation involvement to focus on Android

We doubt we're the only people who forgot that Motorola had thrown their oar in with the LiMo Foundation, but happily we'll unlikely to need that knowledge again since the company is seemingly dropping its support for the open-source mobile platform.  Motorola VP Christy Wyatt has vacated her seat on the LiMo Foundation board, while the company itself has downgraded its membership from "founding member" to "associate member".

"At this time it feels that the Android platform gives it a richer, more consistent foundation with strong support for the ecosystem and developer community" Motorola statement

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