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DRM Protest

The flashmobs are at it again, this time it was Apple. Check out Apple Events June 10th.
You can help thwart DRM.

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Gobby the free software real time collaborative editor

This screencast was recorded on the spot. You can watch the video above or visit internet archive to download the Gobby video demonstration.

In the video I didn’t really show the user list which is very useful to see who is represented by which color. You can see that in this gobby screenshot.

Read more about Gobby on Wikipedia and follow the links to start using it yourself.

3D Desktop Noiesmo update

A couple of weeks back Noiesmo set up Xgl and compiz on my system and quite a few people have been really impressed by it. Some people no matter what they do they just want to look good while doing it while others couldn’t care less. Below are a few screenshots, I probably should have changed the black background to make it look a bit cooler but till you see it in action its hard to get a good idea of what its really like.

Noiesmo recently updated his Xgl howtos, for both Nvidia and ATI video cards. They have his guides on freenode kubuntu bot which means in irc chat you can type a message !xgl in #kubuntu channel and it links to his howtos. How good is that. Its nice to have his help. Thanks Noiesmo from everyone, this is a really cool thing for kids to play with. You can have a closer look at these images on the gallery.

Playing Games with GNU/Linux users

I was discussing the Games that Empower project with some hardcore gamers and they said something like “but there aren’t any real games on Linux” so I just wanted to share some info about some of the other games that you can play. Some of them you have to pay for and some don’t make the source code available. Here’s some of the well known ones that we can play together.

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OLPC running Fedora Core

News for OLPC.

  • First video of a working “One Laptop Per Child” laptop
    http://www.siliconvalleysleuth.com/2006/06/first_video_of_.html
  • Join the pledge “”I will purchase the $100 laptop at $300 but only if 100,000 other will too.”http://www.pledgebank.com/100laptop

I’ve been playing around with streaming media. Cortado looks like the best option. The other option is to convert video to flv using mencoder and play the video using an a open source flash player. The end result is something like Youtube. Below is my example, the next movie will include sound. Hopefully I’ll find someone to collaborate and they can do the voice overs.

This movie shows the Fedora Core OLPC firmware image running on windows using the QEMU emulator. If someone is interested in setting up the same thing I’ll put instructions up on the wiki soon.