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First Desktop Motherboard Supported by LinuxBIOS

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HardwareThe GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 is the first-ever desktop motherboard supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS. We have written about LinuxBIOS before, and it is a nice thing. Apparently, this is the frst desktop motherboard that supports LinuxBIOS. Read more about here. Great news!
(found via OSNews.com)
 
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OpenTom - knowledge base for TomTom GO

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HardwareOpenTom is a wiki that "tries to provide information about the TomTom GO, a linux-running all-in-one car navigation system". So the TomTom Go runs Linux? Interesting...
 
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OpenMoko

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HardwareOpenMoko (which I previously mentioned in an article about the Qtopia Greenphone) is making progress. Just recently, they opened the Openmoko portal which is where alle the developer action is: "Welcome to the official portal for development of the OpenMoko platform. Here, developers and end users alike, can learn about and contribute to building the platform designed to “Free Your Phone.”
And they say that you can buy the phone (Neo1973) later this year. Nice!
 
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OpenEZX - free Linux for your Motorola cell phone

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HardwareThis follows nicely on from my previous article about Qtopia Greenphone.
OpenEZX "tries to gather information about the Linux-based Motorola EZX phone platform (mainly the A780, E680 and E680i phones). It further tries to provide a 100% free software stack for those phones, especially a way to avoid any proprietary filesystem and/or device drivers. It also aims to provide a current (2.6.x) kernel with all required hardware support for the EZX phones.". Very interesting.
 
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Qtopia Greenphone

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HardwareTrolltech's Qtopia Greenphone looks interesting. Although the company emphasize that the device is a "a Linux mobile development device" and "part of the Greenphone SDK" I bet many would want this device as a mobile phone to play with. The stiff price (USD 695.- for the community SDK including the device) will no doubt keep most people waway from this device, nut some eager souls might want it even at this price. The Linux.com article Trolltech's Greenphone: A reasonable first effort is a review which provides further insight. Also, competition is starting to grow; both OpenMoku and ROAD (Remote Office Access Devices) are Linux-based and have progress.
 
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Building your own CNC machine

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HardwareIf you want to build a CNC machine, engadget have the article How-To: Build your own CNC machine (Part 1), Part 2 and Part 3. Such a machine will be useful for constructing mechanical parts for your other hardware projects.
 
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LinuxBIOS - A truly GPLed Free Software BIOS

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HardwareWe first wrote about it in the article Projects to create Open BIOS code in 2004, here is a new, short article on LinuxBIOS: LinuxBIOS - A truly GPLed Free Software BIOS. It even have a a video of LinuxBIOS booting (requires Flash).
(via RootPrompt.org)
 
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MAKE Controller Kit

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HardwareIf you're a DIY person, or like to tinker with electronics and microcontrollers, the MAKE controller kit might be for you. It is a complete ARM7-based microntroller board, with USB and ethernet connectivity, 8 10-bit analog inputs, 8 digital outputs, 4 standard servo connectors, 4 LEDs, and more. The development system is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. All sources are provided. Cost is about USD 150.-
 
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Incredible projects: The Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer

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HardwareThis is an incredible project. From IBM developerWorks comes The Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer, Part 1: Implementing a computer using a mixture of technologies from relays to fluidic logic. And I suspect it will be fun too.
(found via RootPrompt.org)
 
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Linux-ready Firmware Developer Kit

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HardwareThe Linux-ready Firmware Developer Kit is a tool to test how well Linux works together with the firmware (BIOS) of your machine. The main component of the kit is a bootable CD. Download the CD and find out how Linux-friendly your hardware is!
 
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