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Live from Fosdem!

I'm typing this on my Eee at the Syllable stand (thanks Bas!), having seen the Amarok 2 and FreeBSD 7.0 presentations. Here's an early snapshot of Amarok 2 in action:

Check out the new tag cloud in the centre of the interface, which shows what's hot in online services such as Magnatune. Amarok 2 will have a largely rewritten core and an improved API -- making it easier for developers to add online services (Jamendo, Ampache etc.) If we're lucky, Amarok 2 will arrive at the same time as KDE 4.1!

See you there!

FOSDEM 2008 will be an awesome open source conference

My first Linux box…

Yesterday I took delivery of my first commercial pre-installed Linux machine. And so this post is being tapped out on-the-jobthe virtual keyboard of the tiny Nokia N800.
This was ordered the day before Nokia announced its purchase of Trolltech, which makes it a prescient buy indeed.
My choice was either an ipod touch or the Nokia, and I opted for the latter because a; I was interested in the use of Linux and b; the websurfing options on the touch were severely limited (no Flash!).

Team LXF is legion

It matters not where you go or what you do. Someone from Team LXF is always there. For instance, if you just happened to be watching BBC1 at 7pm on the 10th Feb, you would've seen:

Ubuntu Cola goes on sale in the UK

No, it's no relation to everyone's favourite Linux, but Ubuntu Cola rocks nonetheless - it's a new fair-trade cola that gives a better deal for sugar cane farmers in Malawi and Zambia. Unable to resist the draw of Ubuntu, we dashed out to pick up a dozen for some serious "reviewing".

Ubuntu Cola is better than Coca Cola by far!

Ubuntu Cola gives a better deal to sugar cane farmers in Malawi and Zambia

Code It!

Team LXF has been working hard on a special one-off magazine called "Code It!" that - as you might expect - is dedicated to programming. But before you run off screaming, let me fill you in on a few facts about this special:

  • It's aimed at beginners, which means the first few projects can be done by people with absolutely no programming experience. There are harder projects in there so that intermediate programmers have things to cut their teeth on, but they build on each other so that the magazine contains all you need to know to program all the projects.

MikeOS online…

Here's a sneak peek at an upcoming feature for MikeOS 1.3: terminal emulation! Yes, with a serial (null modem) cable, a MikeOS machine and a Linux box, you can now party like it's 1983. Serial ports are hard to find thesedays -- luckily I have an old Toshiba Libretto sitting around (thanks Dave!):

It’s… MikeOS 1.2.0

Yes, development continues at a screaming pace with this new release. Thanks to Yutaka Saito, MikeOS now includes a machine code monitor -- you can write and execute programs in MikeOS! Well, providing you can understand hexadecimal... There's a section in the Handbook about the monitor:

Mudslides, nuclear disasters, tsunamis - oh, my…

... but absolutely no plane crash disasters are included in the open sourcing of SimCity, because our enfeebled, over-sensitive post 9/11 minds might not be able to handle the concept without exploding.

Back from Borneo

Fresh from being promoted to Editor, my first step was to leave the country - quite a natural one, I think. Still, two weeks in Malaysia followed by two weeks at home eating turkey leftovers is a great way to relax and build up the strength to come back to the office in 2008.

I'm not going to spend too much time wittering on about the place, so let me sum up in a few numbered thoughts:

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