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 Wednesday, 31-December-2008  16:52:15 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Intel has successfully lured Alan Cox away from Red Hat in a move which might see Intel become a serious player in the OS market. This may sound like a silly statement, but Intel has been very quietly developing itself into a Linux powerhouse. They have effective control over one of the most used distros on the planet, Moblin, and are not all that hot on The Broken OS. In the background they have been hiring open sourcers like mad, and putting out one of the best set of drivers there are for their products.

It looks like LG is going to be very busy at next month's CES 2009 with yet another new release. Yesterday, LG announced that it has developed a 480-Hz LCD TV panel which will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show on 8th of January. The "Trumotion 480Hz" is a first for the industry, which has begun selling 120-Hz LCD TVs in volume. LG said that its 480-Hz panel would begin shipping as a product in the second half of 2009. On the face of it, the technology should display video four times as smoothly as today's 120-Hz LCD TVs.

InsideHW wants to see which platform, Corei7 or Core2Quad, will deliver the better gaming performance using single graphics card setup. We have used Intel DX58SO motherboard in combination with Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe (HD 4870 X2) and Palit GeForce GTX 280. Other configuration was based on ASUS Rampage Formula motherboard as representative of older X48 chipset. We used Windows XP SP3 with all the latest updates because Vista is still not dominant in gaming configurations. ATI was tested in 1920x1200 4xAA 16xAF and nVIDIA in 1680x1050 2xAA 8xAF. These settings were used because they provide decent framerate (fps) for each graphics card in most games.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has posted a letter to all the readers with a personal plea for donations to help the organization cover the increasing cost of bandwidth and help improve the site's software. "Like a national park or a school, we don't believe advertising should have a place in Wikipedia. We want to keep it free and strong, but we need the support of thousands of people like you," reads the letter.

Apparently VIA is developing a dual-core version of its Nano CPU, scheduled for 2H 2009. VIA's Nano is designed to compete with Intel's Atom, or the other way around, depending on who you ask, and the outfit seems keen on clipping Intel's wings when it decides to let vendors use dual-core Atoms in netbooks.

Symantec has released Norton 360 all-in-one security suite version 3 for public beta testing. The product has been completely re-engineered to be "the fastest, lightest, most comprehensive and most usable all-in-one suite in the market," according to Tom Powledge, vice president of product management for Symantec's consumer products division. In addition to working faster with less impact on system performance, the updated product includes a variety of new features requested by users.

Have a fun and safe New Years :)

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