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OpenMoko - working GPS driver released

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HardwareWe have previously written about the OpenMoko project. Progress on the software side is steady and good, working phone (call etc.) was reached a few weeks ago. Today, it was reported on the community mailinglist that the GPS driver has been released. Nice!
 
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RFID Guardian

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HardwareThe RFID Guardian Project is a collaborative project focused upon providing security and privacy in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. The namesake of our project is the RFID Guardian: a mobile battery-powered device that offers personal RFID security and privacy management. One the focuses of our project is to build an RFID Guardian prototype.
(via Boing Boing)
 
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DIY minicomputer runs Minix

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HardwareLinuxDevices.com reports on a DIY minicomputer running Minix: Bill Buzbee offered the first public demonstration of the Minix OS -- a cousin of Linux -- running on his homebrew minicomputer, today at the Vintage Computer Festival in Mountain View, Calif. Magic-1, built with 74-series TTL ICs using wire-wrap construction, implements a homebrew, 8086-like ISA. According to Buzbee, the Magic-1 contains more than 200 ICs, interconnected by "thousands of individually wrapped wires." Rather than using a commercial microprocessor, Buzbee created his own microcoded CPU that zooms along at 4.09 MHz (yes, that's MHz, not GHz), and is "in the same ballpark as an old 8086 in performance and capabilities," he says. Additionally, it "supports user and supervisor modes, address translation via a hardware page table, six external interrupts, and up to 8 MB of memory (currently has 4 MB)." Further details on Buzbee's homebrew CPU and minicomputer are available on the Magic-1's website.
 
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RedPost/Kit - DIY 19 inch picture frame

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HardwareRedPost/Kit from RedPost is interesting:
  • 19" LCD monitor
  • Customized Damn Small Linux
  • 200MHz fanless x86 CPU
  • 802.11 b/g Wifi
in other words a DIY picture frame that you can hack. The Red Ferret Journal has an article on it, suggesting you run things like SlickrFrame on it. USD 549.- doesn't sound too pricey either.
(via Linux.com)
 
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x86: What's with the 3Gb memory barrier?

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HardwareFrom Ask Dan comes What's with the 3Gb memory barrier? which is a nice explanation of why you can't use all of your 4GB RAM if you are running a 32 bit operating system on your machine. Nice to know.
 
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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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