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Canonical was on hand to showcase some features of the Ubuntu operating sytem. First up was its Ubuntu One cloud storage service. It had originally started out as a music only service, but now supports files and photos as well. The first 5GB of storage are free, and each additional 20GB will only set you back $2.99 per month.

The other and most interesting display was a proof of concept prototype for Ubuntu TV. As TV sets become more powerful with dedicated processors and advanced features, Canonical is trying to modify Ubuntu to run on your TV. The demo was a PC running the Unity desktop environment to showcase what the company feels like the future service will look like. Ubuntu TV will feature everything you might want from a TV, including a TV guide, integration with cable and satellite services, and access to online entertainment. For more information visit the Ubuntu TV website.








Supermicro is a company that has made quite a name for itself in the server market, with motherboards being its chief claim to fame. The motherboard featured at CES was the X8QBE-F, which accepts four Intel Xeon processors, each with either eight or ten cores. Support for up to 1TB of ECC DDR3 memory and up to four PCI-E slots, this motherboard will provide plenty of computing power. The board also features six SATA ports, dual gigabit Ethernet connections, and five USB ports. There were a number of other motherboards that were also present, but didn't look nearly as cool as the X8QBE-F.



The company also showed off a number of its workstation systems, with two systems set up to allow people to play the popular game League of Legends. SuperMicro is hoping to show that its systems can be used for personal as well as business purposes.



Ice Dragon Cooling

Ice Dragon Cooling is a company that most of us had not heard of, but has an interesting product for those people interested in liquid cooling. The company was started as a project by two doctoral students at the University of South Carolina Mechanical Engineering Department, but now has several distributors around the world. It makes a nanofluid for use with liquid cooling setups that provides significantly better performance than water. Ice Dragon brought a custom-made dragon case that was unfortunately damaged in shipping, but still looked great. The test setup featured a mock processor to demonstrate the cooling abilities of the nanofluid under load. The success of the nanofluid technology leads to the possibility of future uses in military, engine design, and HVAC applications.



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