Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Black Dog Linux server

Black Dog is truly a Linux server that fits in the palm of your hand. It is the first of its kind, since itÕs entirely powered off the USB port of a host computer.BlackDog is a fully self-contained computer with a built-in biometric reader and a host of other powerful features. Unlike any other computing device, BlackDog is completely powered off of the USB port of your host computer – no external power adapter required.
It has a PowerPC 405 Delta processor, 64MB of SRAM, MMC expansion, 256 to 512MB of solid-state storage, and a built-in biometric scanner. BlackDog supports USB 2.0. BlackDog is a linux server complete with PowerPC 405 processor running Debin Linux. Second, applications run directly from BlackDog, not from a host machine. Flash storage devices can only store and serve data/applications to a host computer. BlackDog is compatible with Windows XP, SUSE 9.3, RedHat Enterprise 4, and Debian 3.1. Currently, BlackDog does not work on a Mac. However, you may initiate a community effort to enable BlackDog for the Mac. Once BlackDog is released in September, there will be a developerÕs forum at where you can coordinate this activity. When plugged into a USB port, BlackDog establishes an Ethernet-over-USB network with the host computer, serves up applications, and accesses the host computer. When plugged into a Windows XP host computer, an X server is automatically launched. This X server is configured to allow clients running on BlackDog to connect, thus allowing for access to the keyboard, video, and mouse functions. A similar process happens for Linux/x86, but requires some manual configuration for the USB device.The BlackDog can use any network that is available to the host computer.


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