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HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP has disappointed and infuriated webOS device owners with the news that its official Open webOS platform - the open-source reincarnation of Palm's ill-fated OS - will not run on any existing devices. The news, confirmed by the Open webOS team, means those with a TouchPad, Pre, Pixi or other Palm/HP device won't be able to use HP's version of webOS moving forward; the company claims that's because of a lack of driver support for the specific hardware used.

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OUYA team assures pre-hacked units on request

OUYA team assures pre-hacked units on request

The Android-based gaming platform known as OUYA has sent out an update letting both developers and end-users know that they'll not only be given instructions on how to hack their devices, they'll be given alternate software builds as well. This guarantee was initially only made to developers signing up to the development program for the gaming console, but other Kickstarter-friendly users have been assured of the option to root (with instructions) as well. The project known as Ouya has been quite vocal about being "open-source" since they first appeared on the croudfunding site Kickstarter some weeks ago, and now that they've raised many times their original asking amount to get their project in motion, they appear more than willing to continue with their initial promises.

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Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Console startup Ouya has launched its much-anticipated Kickstarter round, promising free-to-play gaming on a minimalistic and open-source Android box hoping to steal players from phones and tablets. Billed as "a new kind of video game console" and targeting $950,000 through the crowdfunding site, Ouya uses Google's Android OS with a custom controller designed, like the main unit itself, by Yves Behar, and has a target price of just $99.

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Linux architect Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: “F*** You”

Linux architect Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: “F*** You”

During a packed-house discussion with students and developers at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, Linus Torvalds, the chief architect of the Linux kernel, talked for more than an hour about software, hardware, and all the issues faced by developers today. But there are two seconds that markedly stood out more than anything else.

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Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Where most of the excitement exists today when it comes to operating system advancements is not in Windows and Mac. Nope, it's within the intensely competitive space that contains Android and iOS. And just like any strong and exciting segment in the consumer electronics industry, this market is now the target of a new initiative that wants to push its way to the front of the pack.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

There's been a relatively large announcement made by Hillcrest Labs tonight in that they've turned their own "Kylo Web Browser for TV" over to the Open Source community. This announcement sets the Mozilla-based TV browser up for open-sourced management for its many features, features such as its ability to work with Mac OS and Windows machines and its ability to work with Freespace-enabled in-air pointing controls. This release will be done with Mozilla Public License (MPL) 2.0 "to enable developers to create new and different versions that extend its features and enables new uses."

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NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

Hardware design companies aren't always at the forefront of the free and open source software movement, but in the last few years NVIDIA has been making an effort to give back to the software community. Their latest bit of geeky chivalry is making their CUDA software architecture compatible with the popular LLVM compiler with the contribution of open source code. This will allow LLVM to take advantage of CUDA in the same way that games and professional graphics applications already do.

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Linux Google Drive tipped for May

Linux Google Drive tipped for May

The cloud storage system known as Google Drive has informally been confirmed by a Google Docs Community Manager by the name of Theresa Wu. In a quite simple comment on Google+ this week she noted that the teams are indeed hard at work on a bit of desktop integration for the Linux environment, noting that the community should only have to "sit tight" and their prayers would be answered soon.

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