HP Open webOS ready by September with common Linux
HP has acted on its promise to open-source webOS with an important change that could affect the devices that use it. Now called Open webOS, it's moving to a common Linux kernel that will let hardware makers use much more typical drivers and bring it to hardware beyond what HP originally intended. The OS will sit under an Apache 2 license, which will let others copy code as long as they include the license and attribution.
ALAC now open to modify and use
Apple in a gesture to the community started up the Apple Lossless Audio Codec project to open-source its lone proprietary audio standard. Its change lets developers implement and modify the format for both encoding and playback. Codes also get an example app that can read or write audio to Core Audio and WAV, along with a "magic cookie" to use when making M4A and MP4 clips.
MvixUSA intros NAS/server
MvixUSA is bringing a versatile Network Attached Storage device to the market, the MvixBOX or WDN-2000, the company announced on Tuesday. The two-bay NAS doubles as a media server, as it is capable of torrent sharing in addition to dynamic website hosting and data back-up capabilities. While the product ships without any included hard-drives, it is capable of housing two 1.5TB SATA HDDs. The MvixBOX does ship pre-configured with Apache, MySQL, SQlife and PHP web servers as well as dynamic DNS functionality. For network access, a gigabit Ethernet connection is present.
- Compost 1.9 ($13) automatic trash management software for Mac OS X. Solves Trash problems by letting users set a time limit on the trash, cap its size, and maintain a minimum amount of space. This release adds file deletion rules, updated French localization and Polish localization. The new release is is free to all registered users. [Download - 1.4MB]
- Lasso Professional 8.5 ($650) middleware product which bridges the gap between popular Web servers including Apache and IIS and data sources including MySQL, FileMaker, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Openbase, and more. Web sites are programmed in LassoScript including built-in support for authentication, session variables, sending and checking email, PDF creation, and much more. This build includes Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility and significant stability improvements on Linux. It also includes several new PDF and Image features and updated matcher and comparator features. [Download - form]
- Sandvox 1.2.7 ($50) website creation tool. The new release includes improvements to graphical text title replacement and enhancements to several designs, support for A2 Hosting in the Sandvox Host Setup Assistant, bugfixes and enhancements to improve support for WMV files in pages and pagelets when Sandvox sites are viewed in Internet Explorer 7; and Improvements to the iMedia Browser. [Download - 24MB]
- Owl Country 1.0 game in which you are an owl tired of the sea of pigeons plaguing the Montreal skies, along with the humans indifferent to their infestation. Over the course of one night, ending in sunrise, you must swoop as many pigeons as you can. Developed rapidly by by the TIGSource Ratpack during the 2008 Game Developers Conference, Owl Country features work from the developers behind "Aquaria", "Space Barnacle", "Fez", and "Goo", among others. [Download - 24.8MB]
- TV Station Manager ($20) game that lets you take the control of a small independent television station about to go bankrupt, managing the TV schedule, buying advertising, creating your own TV Shows and much more. Now you can choose directly from the starting menu if to play the game in standard English or in the new German language. Everything in the game has been translated, from the buttons to the movie names and descriptions. [Download - 10.3MB]
iTools 9 update released
Tenon has released a new edition of iTools, bringing the program up to version 9. The software is a web-based graphical interface for administering web servers, and specifically handles Apache, DNS and FTP management. The greatest change to v9 is the inclusion of Apache 2.2.6, which is said to have better memory and disk use, support for file sizes above 2GB, and a new database interface architecture. The FTP component of the program now has a new File Manager, which lets admins assign clients to specific groups, which are then given permissions for uploading, renaming and deleting files.