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Intel Goes Open Source Crazy

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From all indications, Intel is taking open source seriously. First it was the news that the Threading Building Blocks was going open source. Then on the heels of that announcement, Intel announced thatits Mobile Platform SDK 1.2 would be an open source project too.
The Mobile Platform SDK 1.2 provides a set of libraries and runtime components, along with an API that is common across supported Windows platforms and runtimes. In addition to being hosted on an Intel site, the SDK is also available on SourceForge.

Then there is the recently announced Mobile and Internet Linux Project, an open source project for mobile Linux development on Intel-based mobile devices. It focuses on projects such as Ubuntu’s Mobile and Embedded Edition and Red Flag’s MIDINUX, and serves as an incubator for prototyping new ideas and projects targeting devices such as the Intel-based Mobile Internet Device (MID) and other consumer electronic devices.

Power’s your problem? Intel is covering that in an open source kind of way with PowerTOP, a tool that helps you determine what software that running on mobile systems (like laptops running Linux) is using the most power. By addressing power-hungry hotspots, you can save battery power. The tool lets you see estimated time left for battery power if you are running Linux on an Intel-based laptop running.

And don’t forget drivers for Intel graphics controllers. Intel has open sourced drivers for its 965GM Express Chipset-based mobile graphics controller. These Linux drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the mobile version of Intel graphics architecture.

To be truthful, there’s a lot more open source that Intel has been working on. This is just the most recent stuff. If you want to keep up with it, a good place to start is the Open Source Technology Center.

Source: DDJ’s Portal


Written by syazli7

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 at 23:35:24 +0800

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Middle East Pay in Asia!

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Middle East Pay in Asia?

Too good to be true?

Not according to Scanit!

Scanit, the leading IT security company in the Middle East has announced that it is now heavily recruiting for its new operations in Malaysia. When asked what the key driving factors were for making this move, CEO David Michaux said that he was ‘chasing the talent where ever he could find it, and as we found a good technical pool in Asia, so this is our next step’.

Scanit who are also the Gold sponsors of HITB in September, launched a recruitment site earlier this year focused at attempting to bring fresh technical talent to the Middle East market, ‘we have over 50 IT security jobs currently posted from clients all over the Gulf region’ said David ‘our clients need hands on people who can help to really secure their infrastructures’ he continued.

Not looking for qualifications or certifications, the Scanit team will be bringing a number of their recruitment customers, including some of the major banks and telecom operators from the Middle East, to perform direct interviews with interested candidates at the upcoming HITB event. ‘We will performing live interviews, both technical and personal, and hope to be able to help our customers fill some of their vacancies directly at the event’.

When asked if Scanit and their customers were looking at Asia simply to find cheaper labour, David quickly replied that ‘Scanit has a uniform payment structure irrespective of nationality or geographic location, and I believe that if you are among the best, you should be paid the same as your counterparts’. Salaries in the Middle East range from approximately 3,500USD per month to over 8,000USD, depending on your skill level and experience. ‘Scanit has the reputation of being the best in the security consultancy market in the Middle East, and I will make sure we keep that reputation when we move into Malaysia’.

Candidates who are interested in signing up for the upcoming recruitment drive can register their interest by subscribing to the recruitment portal at, the Scanit team have promised to give everyone a fair chance.

*** HITBSecConf 2007
*** 3rd – 6th September
*** The Hilton KL Sentral

Written by syazli7

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 at 22:53:41 +0800

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