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Is Linux finally ready for the Desktop takeover?
By Muhammad Fahd Waseem
22_8-11-2008_1.jpgEveryone with even a minor experience in computers knows what Linux is? It is a remarkably complete operating system and is one of the most prominent examples of free software and open source development. It has, in fact, more than one beautiful ëDesktop Environmentí (DE) available, that gives it the point and click capabilities that one expects from a graphical operating system. Actually, Linux is just a 'kernel' (a core base) around which the operating system (OS) is built. This means that, unlike the popular Microsoft Windows OS, there is no single distributor of Linux. Many companies and developers use it to build operating systems known as 'distros' (short for 'distributions'). Spearing a thrust that aims to make Linux available to the average end user are the major distros. ....

The record effect
23_8-11-2008_1.jpgMusic has achieved onrushing omnipresence in our world, millions of hours of its history are available on disk and rivers of digital melody flow on the internet but several years ago it was said that recordings would lead to the demise of music

Ninety nine years ago, John Philip Sousa, an American entertainer and composer predicted that recordings would lead to the demise of music. The phonograph, he warned, would erode the finer instincts of the ear, end amateur playing and singing, and put professional musicians out of work. ìThe time is coming when no one will be ready to submit himself to the ennobling discipline of learning music,î he wrote. ìEveryone will have their ready made or ready pirated music in their cupboards.î Something is irretrievably lost when we are no longer in the presence of bodies making music, John said.

Ncomputing to revolutionise personal computing
By our correspondent
24_8-11-2008_1.jpgNcomputing, a privately held virtualisation software and hardware company, is redefining the business economics by revolutionising the public access to computers. The company has introduced a technology that can help lower desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste.

The technology has brought a revolution in accessibility by providing maximum access in minimum cost. The unused capacity of the PC will be utilised in such a manner that it will be simultaneously used by the multiple users. Each user's monitor, keyboard, and mouse connect to the shared PC through a small and very durable N-Computing access device. As the access device has no CPU, memory or moving parts like a PC, itís rugged, durable, and easy to deploy and maintain. ....

25_8-11-2008_1.jpgRobots in the military are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They have left the movie screen and entered the battlefield. Washington University in St. Louis's Doug Few and Bill Smart are on the cutting edge of this new wave of technology. Military wants to have army comprised of robotic forces by approximately 2020. Of course, they aren't envisioning robotic soldiers from movies like "Star Wars" and "I, Robot".

"When the military says 'robot' they mean everything from self-driving trucks up to what you would conventionally think of as a robot. You would more accurately call them autonomous systems rather than robots," says Smart, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering. ....

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