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 Tuesday, 29-May-2007  19:13:13 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Microsoft have sold 1 million Zunes reaching their sales goal. Microsoft has beaten its goal of shipping over a million Zune digital music players by June, media reported Tuesday. The Zune has a 10 percent market share in the hard-disk-based music player category, said Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division.

A Melbourne startup is claiming to have better search technology than Google due to several features to do with indexing and results. GOOGLE is keeping a close eye on a small, suburban Melbourne start-up that claims to be developing a search engine that improves on the world leader. MyLiveSearch, which plans to go live as a public beta in a few weeks, is the brainchild of self-taught software developer Rob Gabriel.

Internet TV program Joost on Linux is difficult but possible via Wine. Unfortunately, the Joost client application is currently only natively supported on Windows and Mac OS X. This is a bit ironic, since the program itself heavily utilizes Mozilla's open-source cross-platform XulRunner runtime and many other open-source components. As usual, the open-source community has found some creative ways to make it work in the absence of official support. Instructions are now available in various places describing how to make Joost run on Ubuntu Linux with Wine, a Windows binary runtime layer for Linux.

Kotaku have checked out the Forza 2 running on three monitors. Here is a video of it in action.

The Register have done a big roundup of Linux and Windows security comparing the two platforms including busting some common myths. The results were not unexpected. Even by Microsoft's subjective and flawed standards, fully 38% of the most recent patches address flaws that Microsoft ranks as Critical. Only 10% of Red Hat's patches and alerts address flaws of Critical severity. These results are easily demonstrated to be generous to Microsoft and arguably harsh with Red Hat, since the above results are based on Microsoft's ratings rather than our more stringent application of the security metrics. If we were to apply our own metrics, it would increase the number of Critical flaws in Windows Server 2003 to 50%.

Some people accused of pirating a computer game are blaming it on a hacked router. Earlier this year, 500 people received letters accusing them of illegally distributing a computer game. The letters demand a settlement payment, or a court appearance was threatened. Many people wondered how they were caught at all, while others claimed they had no knowledge of such a game and stopped to consider that their router security may have been compromised.

A project is attempting to revive the beta Longhorn release of Windows as a viable alternative OS. "Longhorn Reloaded is a Project dedicated to the revival of the Operating System known as Code Name "Longhorn". To put the projects aims simply, we aim to finish off what Microsoft started before the operating system was canceled. It is a modification of Windows 6.0.4074, which was originally released during the 2004 Windows Hardware Engineers Conference," reads a message on the Longhorn Reloaded official website.

Hardcoreware have posted the top 10 star wars games of all time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars, we decided to look back at the brighter points of the history behind the Star Wars gaming franchise.

Torment sent in this article about the craziest case mods of all time, some of which will be familiar with.

Phoronix have compared ATI drivers on Linux and Windows. NVIDIA's Linux and Windows drivers perform about the same and in some instances the Linux binary driver even running faster, but as we have been sharing now for many months the Linux fglrx driver is handicapped for performance. Has things since improved for ATI? Well, as you'll see in this article by using the official Linux driver from ATI/AMD you can expect your frame-rate to be cut in half compared to the most recent version of the Windows Catalyst driver.



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