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The Daily Slash: November 19 2010

The Daily Slash: November 19 2010

It's a [FEATURED] fantasy today! We've got columns and special posts by the barrel-full, and you're gonna love em! First thing in the morning we got a pre-noon delivery from the FedEx truck - what did the FedEx man bring for us to unbox and get our hands on? A NOOKcolor, fresh off the factory line! Then we write a couple of columns: one on the raging state of the Tablets market, and one on the current quick-paced state of political news. Then Josh Marinacci says webOS will be available soon for ALL Palm devices, there's a White iPhone 4 sale in China, and the feature stream begins. Last night our man Vince was at PEPCOM and brought back video demos of Gorilla Glass, a three screen monitor from Samsung, and a NOOKcolor. Finally (there's more?!) the last installment of Evan's Week with the HTC HD7 is up - Xbox LIVE! All this and even MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Geeks get Ubuntu working on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Geeks get Ubuntu working on Samsung Galaxy Tab

You can always tell the geeks by the hardware and gadgets they use. Sure, your mom might get a Galaxy Tab, but will her Tab be running something as geeky as Ubuntu? I think not. If you are the sort of geek that lives to add alternative OS's to hardware it wasn't meant to run on, we have a project for you.

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Toshiba AC100 Ubuntu hack gets video demo; Official build could be in works

Toshiba AC100 Ubuntu hack gets video demo; Official build could be in works

Friday's news that open-source tinkerers had managed to get Ubuntu 10.10 up and running on Toshiba's hitherto-Android AC100 smartbook raised a few eyebrows, but the usability of the hack was significantly scuppered by the fact it wouldn't load past the boot screen.  That's been ironed out over the weekend, and Carrypad now has video of the AC100 doing its Ubuntu thing.

Video demo after the cut

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Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba's AC100 is certainly an interesting notebook on the face of it: Tegra 2 processor, full QWERTY and plenty of battery life, but the Android OS does mean it's definitely a companion device and not your sole ultraportable.  That could all change, however, now a hack for loading Ubuntu onto the AC100 has been developed; Carrypad pulled together the instructions and files from tosh-ac100.wetpaint.org, ac100.gudinna.com and the official Toshiba forums and managed to get his AC100 up and running with Ubuntu 10.10.

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Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

For now, our computers are still generally accessed by the soon-to-be-old-fashioned keyboard and mouse. Even as touchscreens grow in popularity, we're still not losing our main points of input quite yet. But, that doesn't mean the PC has to stay in the "now" forever. Thanks to Christian Giordano, it's been revealed at the Canonical design blog that Ubuntu is currently in the process of creating a prototype that uses facial recognition, plus other sensors, to allow users all new ways to interact with their PC.

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SurfaceInk 12.1-inch Ubuntu tablet design gets video demo

SurfaceInk 12.1-inch Ubuntu tablet design gets video demo

SurfaceInk may not be a name you're familiar with, but the product development firm may well have a tablet you want.  They've been showing off their latest prototype, a 12.1-inch 1280 x 1024 capacitive slate running Ubuntu on Freescale's i.MX51 800MHz Cortex A8 chipset, and which they're currently trying to persuade manufacturing partners to adopt.  ARMDevices caught up with the company recently, grabbed some footage of the unnamed reference design, and also found out about SurfaceInk's future plans for smaller versions.

Video demo after the cut

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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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