AUGUST 7, 2008--There was much to celebrate at the [URL=http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/]LinuxWorld Conference and Expo[/URL] this week in San Francisco's Moscone Center, particularly if you're a developer building applications on or for the platform. Remember when gOS debuted as the operating system inside Wal-Mart's US$199 PC? The company yesterday introduced [URL=http://www.thinkgos.com/new/]gOS 3 Gadgets[/URL], a version of its Ubuntu-based distribution that launches [URL=http://www.google.com/webmasters/gadgets/]Google Gadgets[/URL] at start-up. Gadgets are miniature, targeted applications that can be placed on the desktop of a Web page; tens of thousands are already available for free. gOS 3 Gadgets also preloads the [URL=http://www.winehq.org/]WINE[/URL] Windows API implementation for X, and …

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Taiwanese device maker [URL=http://openmoko.com/]OpenMoko[/URL] chose Independence Day in the United States to announce the launch of Neo FreeRunner, its latest Linux-based open smartphone platform. Delivered with minimal functionality, owners are encouraged to develop and/or install their own applications and functionality. The unit is well equipped, sporting a 400Mhz processor, 640x480 pixel touch-sensitive display, BlueTooth, GPS, WiFi and either a 850 MHz or 900 MHz tri-band GSM radio. Other ecoutraments include a pair of 3D accelerometers for understanding its orientation, 128 MB SDRAM and 256MB of storage. On the outside, [URL=http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Getting_Started_with_your_Neo_FreeRunner] the FreeRunner[/URL] is remarkably free of controls. There's really nothing …

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