Tivo has cut down the price of its lowest recorders to just $50. This is after rebate. You have to shell out $200 first and you’ll get $150 rebate check several weeks later. You’ll get at least 40 hour recording time on the Tivo unit. See article here and you’ll find the rebate here. I’ll say buy the cheapest unit and slap a bigger hard drive on it, although this requires a bit of knowledge of Linux.
Linspire formerly known as Lindows recently made available a CD version of its latest linux distibution. The giveaway was a result of confusion with a privately-owned project by Andrew Betts called Freespire which is composed of various open-source components taken from the freely available source repository for the Linspire operating system.
I just searched Google and was amazed by the number of browsers available for Linux. There are at least a couple of dozen browsers actively in development. The most popular browsers are Mozilla’s Firefox, Konqueror, Galeon and Opera. Firefox and Opera have Windows versions available for download. They are free. Gratis!
I’ve learned something new today, Sudo. Sudo is a Unix command that allows system administrators to give certain users the ability to run some or all commands as root. Why? Well, I have this program called Bluefish which I use as a HTML editor. I have to run Bluefish as root to modify my webroot directory. I could have ran Bluefish as a regular user, but I didn’t want to use my home directory to shuttle back and forth the modified web pages.
I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.
I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.