It's touted as a disco enhancement, but it looks a lot more like raver chic to us. Whatever it is, Hammacher Schlemmer's "Dancing Light MP3 Synchronizer" will funkify your party with 33 multicolored LEDs bouncing off a concave mirror to the beat of whatever tunes you choose. It can even be set to four programs, "Andante, Moderato, Allegro and Presto." But if we were going to take this route, we'd just as soon go for the full retro effect with a home laser show. And remember, don't bogart that Nano.
The Union Bank of California is standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the software company said Monday. The bank moved away from AIX, IBM's version of Unix, and also is testing the waters with Red Hat's JBoss Java server software and the open-source MySQL database software.
"Open-source technology plays a major role in the customer-facing sales and service product line,ï¿? said Mok Choe, the bank's chief technology officer. He said the company is moving its Web site to a "horizontal" architecture involving larger numbers of inexpensive servers.
Update: MySQL is included with … Read more
Red Hat said its acquisition of the JBoss open-source Java server software would mean $22 million to $27 million in new revenue from June 2, 2006, when the acquisition was completed, and February 27, 2007, when the Linux seller's quarter ends. The company's quarterly report, released Tuesday, indicates that the company will just make that goal.
In the most recent quarter, JBoss generated $7.8 million for the company, an 11 percent increase over the $7 million from the first quarter in the Red Hat tent. "Extrapolating these numbers puts JBoss on track for about $22 million … Read more
Red Hat has once again updated its constant effort to create a free Linux version that's best suited to the company's own goals and the workings of the open-source movement.
Red Hat programmer Bill Nottingham last week announced new features for Fedora 7, including a unification of the Red Hat-controlled Core components and the ancillary Extras. The move reverses the Extras direction, which Red Hat hoped in 2005 would lighten its programming load.
"Starting with Fedora 7, there is no more Core, and no more Extras; there is only Fedora. One single repository, built in the community … Read more
We're all in favor of solar energy, but it's products like this that gave rise to the phrase "too much of a good thing."
The Japan Organization for the Promotion of Renewable Energy has devised this "solar-powered fan hat," according to Tokyo-based Plastic Bamboo. It has a solar panel perched precariously on top, which powers a fan poking through a hole in the bill of the cap. (Not kidding.)
It's not that we have anything against the idea but, come on, look at this thing. Whoever is willing to wear one of these … Read more
Programmers from Red Hat, Novell and the Mozilla Foundation have pledged closer cooperation to ease technical obstacles that exist today, work planned to result in versions of the Firefox browser tailored for different versions of Linux.
"The browser on Linux is currently in a sad state of affairs," said Red Hat's Chris Aillon on his blog Monday, complaining that different versions of Linux incorporate different variations of the browser source code and that the generic version released by Mozilla won't run on newer Linux versions such as Fedora Core 6, released in October.
The open-source community prides itself on the direct feedback developers get from their software's users. But there's an ugly side, too: the bug flood.
When Red Hat released its new Fedora Core 6 on October 24, one day before Canonical released its new "Edgy Eft" Ubuntu, users chimed in with plenty of gripes. One developer, Andre Klapper, illustrated the phenomenon on his blog with a graph of the bugs reported in the Nautilus File Manager.
The number of bugs reported jumped north of 140 per day before dipping down to a more moderate rate of about … Read more
Red Hat on Friday released a second beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5. The new version's biggest change is the inclusion of Xen virtualization software, which lets a machine run multiple operating systems simultaneously to increase efficiency.
The new version also includes support for quad-core processors, better laptop support, and improvements to the SELinux security software, Red Hat said.
A company representative said the product is expected to ship in early 2007. Initially, Red Hat hoped to release the software this year, but in recent months gave itself more leeway.
The beta also includes technology previews … Read more
Given the types of headgear on the market these days, you'd think everyone was either trying out for the Olympics or trying to kill themselves in some type of "extreme" activity. For the record, we at Crave are not in either camp.
We are, however, very much into creature comforts. Like hats. Especially in the winter. And what better way to fend off the cold than to do it while entertaining oneself with a built-in MP3 player? The Audex Padded Hat made by Burton and Motorola, which we found on Gearlog, is our kind of roughing it: … Read more
If you're curious what the appetite is for Fedora Core 6, Red Hat's newest version of Linux for hobbyists, the company has an answer: 10,000 downloads in five hours.
Doing the math, that works out to one download every 1.8 seconds. And considering that the minimum size of Fedora Core 6 is 3.4GB, it's no surprise Red Hat's servers fell to their knees after the release Tuesday.