Meet the PengPod, a 'true Linux' tablet starting at $120

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The tablet arena already includes countless contenders featuring Linux-based Android, but a company currently seeking funding on Indiegogo aims to produce a new line of what it calls “true Linux” devices.

We've already seen Linux-powered tablets including the Vivaldi and the rugged Trimble Yuma, of course, but the new PengPod line from Peacock Imports includes both 7- and 10-inch tablet models as well as a mini PC, all running the free and open source operating system.

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New Mozilla tool lets anyone create and hack interactive videos

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Earlier this year Mozilla announced its Webmaker effort aimed at giving everyday users DIY skills for the Web, and recently it rolled out a key piece of that initiative.

Launched on Sunday at the MozFest event in London, Popcorn Maker 1.0 is a free Web app that's designed to make it easy to enhance, remix, and share Web video. Working via a simple drag-and-drop interface, users can add live content to any video--including photos, maps, links, social media feeds, and more--all from the comfort of their own browser.

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New video offers a peek at Ubuntu for Android

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Ever since Canonical announced Ubuntu for Android back in February, the lack of specific product details seems to have done little to diminish excitement over the forthcoming Linux-based platform.

The proposed NexPhone concept helped rekindle that interest earlier this autumn, and on Monday Canonical posted a new video offering more details.

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New Acer Chromebook costs just $199

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It was just a few weeks ago that a $249 Chromebook appeared courtesy of Google and Samsung, but on Monday that already-low price point dropped even further.

Google and Acer today announced the brand-new Acer C7, a Chromebook priced at just $199.

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Tiny $57 PC is like the Raspberry Pi, but faster and fully open

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It would be difficult to overstate the popularity of the tiny Raspberry Pi computer that launched earlier this year, but it's just one example of a rapidly growing class of small, inexpensive, Linux-powered devices, as I've already noted on several occasions before.

The Cubieboard and the UG802 are two of the more recent examples to appear, even as the Raspberry Pi itself has been continually improved, but since then another came to light: the A13-OLinuXino.

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HP bets big on Linux

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HP has long been a contributor to Linux and open source software, but on Monday it ratcheted up its support another notch.

Specifically, the company announced at the LinuxCon Europe event going on this week in Barcelona that it has made the $500,000 investment necessary to become a platinum member of the Linux Foundation, upgrading from the gold membership it held previously.

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Calling all Linux Mint fans: There's a new online store to check out

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The month of October may have been more or less dominated by Ubuntu Linux for those of us anticipating its recent “Quantal Quetzal” release, but this week the Linux Mint project made an intriguing announcement of its own.

Specifically, the Linux Mint project on Tuesday announced that it now has an online store complete with several PCs offering Linux Mint preloaded.

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