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Review: BBC iPlayer Desktop On The Linux

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A significant piece of news which might have been drowned out by all that festive white noise was the release of the BBC iPlayer application for Linux and Mac platforms. The iPlayer for anyone who doesn't know is an application which allows you to play content from the BBC's various TV & radio stations for up to 7 days after broadcast on demand. This means if, heaven forbid, I should miss Q.I then I can still catch up with it at my convenience. There are some caveats I should mention on behalf of all readers living outside the UK. Sadly the service has been restricted to UK IP addresses only for licensing reasons, "due to the unique way the BBC is funded..." as they always seem to reel off it's only available to UK residents. So I apologise to any readers for whom this article is not relevant but I felt it was a development worth covering. This new desktop version is an Adobe AIR application which is closed source and proprietary but like the ever present Flash I felt it was worth trying out and investigating as most Linux users are likely to cross paths with it.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more