News Bits: Novell’s Linux Desktop Competes with Microsoft’s Vista, Ultra-Mobile PCs: Ready for the Mobile Lifestyle, Pat Says Now’s $24,000 Mouse

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Novell’s Linux Desktop Competes with Microsoft’s Vista


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Novell Inc. might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft, but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. It seems that the company’s competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista’s functionality at 10% of the price.

The figures are based on a subscription fee of $50 for SLED, compared to $299 for a Windows Vista license, as well as additional maintenance fees of $86 for Vista Business. Novell’s report also insists that there are other savings to be had, such as retaining older hardware and improved security via its AppArmor application security framework. As well as this competitive report, Novell has also launched a Vista comparison web site with product presentations, demos, a Q&A, customer references and further reading.

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Ultra-Mobile PCs: Ready for the Mobile Lifestyle

Earlier this month, Microsoft showcased the latest UMPCs with the new Origami ExperienceT. The Origami Experience offers quick access to content and applications, so consumers can enjoy their favorite programs, music, videos, photos and more, simply at the touch of the screen. Microsoft also recently announced a new version of Microsoft Reader that allows the UMPC form factor to be used as an eBook. The Origami ExperienceT and Microsoft Reader will be available via download around the same time as Windows Vista.

Since so many people are starting to use Tablet PCs, Windows Vista’s developers built touch and table capabilities into the operating system. For example, in Windows Vista you can assign specific functions to pen strokes. Then, instead of having to press CTRL+C to copy something, a simple pen stroke accomplishes the same action. You can customize these pen strokes, so they make sense to you. Now, that feature will come in handy for Tablet users.

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Pat Says Now’s $24,000 Mouse

Pat Says Now, a Swiss manufacturer of computer mice, has done it again with this outlandish mouse. Yes, you are reading it right, $24,000. They claim this "Diamond Flower" encrusted mouse is the world’s most expensive computer mouse, cast from 18-carat white gold and set with 59 brilliant diamonds. It may very well be the world’s most expensive mouse, unless some computer savvy celebrity already added bling to their mouse. The good news is the mouse comes with a three year warranty, which you may need.

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Engadget’s Ben Heckendorn Builds Nintendo Wii Laptop

Ben Heckendorn, a writer for Engadget and gadget mod extraordinaire has introduced his latest mod – the Nintendo Wii Laptop. Check it out over on Engadget:

Specs for the wii laptop include:

  • Built-in close-range sensor bar
  • Stereo sound
  • Gamecube port
  • 16:9 Widescreen LCD
  • A/V jacks
  • Port for external stock sensor bar
  • Built-in power supply and compartment for the cord
  • Dimensions: 8.6" wide, 7.7" long and 2" total thickness.

Ben has done such mods as an Atari 2600 laptop and NES laptop in the past. Engadget will feature a step-by-step guide and videos on how to do the mod in the coming week.

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