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week, we completed the 3rd Annual Desktop Summit. If you missed
the event you can read several accounts online like at Linuxplanet
or there were several great blogs
tracking the event. There are even audio
recordings available via
BitTorrent as well as videos.
Here are my highlights and lowlights.
gaming zone at the Summit saw the debut of Lore, a first-person shooter battle between
Mechanized Assault Vehicles. Distributor and developer GarageGames is
"carrying out a bold mission" to make game development practical for
without a massive budget. And best of all, the games are cross platform
Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and now even game consoles. Linux
needs more games! Lore is one of the best ever and adds to other
popular titles like ThinkTanks
- Many people want to migrate to Linux to avoid high software costs,
viruses, and spyware, but what about all the data from their old
computer? Newcomer Alacos was showing off their Linux
Agent, which quickly moves your
email, documents and settings
(icons, bookmarks, favorites, backgrounds, etc.) from virtually any
Microsoft Windows version to Linux. It's an invaluable tool for
be available to home users for $39.95. The network version can
handle huge corporate migrations and boasts remote migration management
plus automatic pre-installation of a desktop Linux OS on each machine.
- This VoIP company debuted showing off their
powerful and cost-effective Linux-based PBX system. They've combined
the power of Linux-based Asterick software with a brilliant
point-and-click interface for any small-to medium-size enterprise to
use as a
phone system. It offers huge cost savings for those in need of a
digital phone system. Terrific stuff!
- A consumer-friendly (Linux-friendly!) music store
debuted. This store gives you a music locker so you can keep track of
all your tracks and they're all in high-quality 192k MP3 format so they
will work on all computers, players and devices. The site got clobbered
with the initial surge of users, but should have caught its breath by
now. Plus we got the chart ranking system working, so you'll see what
people are buying if you browse the charts. I've included a list at the
bottom of some of the great songs I've found. Take a minute and listen
faves and let me know what yours
Novell and AMD
- It is great to see some well-established companies
move beyond Linux on the server and support the Desktop Summit. AMD
64bit strategy and Novell distributed the latest SuSE
software. I personally invited every major technology company - yes,
Microsoft. I think many are still crystallizing their strategy when it
comes to the desktop. All see the wave building though.
- Win4Lin announced their new company
name (formerly known as NeTraverse) and publicly previewed for the
first time their Win4Lin Home
product at the Summit. Their Home Edition allows you to run Windows
applications on Linux operating system for only $29.95!
7) Fantastic speakers - Mitch
Kapor, Doc Searls, Brenno de Winter, Chris
Pirillo, Mitchell Baker, and many more. You'll find links to their
as well as a link to Chris Pirillo's hilarious
1) The weather - San Diego,
known for its temperate weather and 320
days of sunshine a year, let us down. So much for the "February
is a great time to invite people to San Diego - let's have the Desktop
Summit then" strategy.
2) Summit's wireless net - I
guess it's not a good idea to get a bunch of PC-minded people and 30
vendors sharing an 802.11 network.
- RealNetwork's Helix technology is coming
along nicely. Unfortunately, the much anticipated presentation from Rob
Glaser was thwarted by travel woes. Bummer,
because I enjoy Rob's infectious energy and
had a substitute, Rob Lanphier,
give his presentation.
are some of the great songs I've discovered at MP3tunes.
Listen to them and let
me know if you love 'em, hate
'em or have found better
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