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Wizpy - stupid name, very cool Linux toy

You have got to admit, the open source folks really have a way with names. I mean, Feisty Fawn? Ubuntu? Gentoo? Fedora? It goes on and on and on. And if you thought it couldn't get any worse, now there's Wizpy. I don't think I'm going out on a limb on this one, but Wizpy is a stupid name for a cool device that let's you take over almost any computer on the planet.

Wizpy, from Japan's Turbolinux, is a palm sized, Flash based, USB device, that allows you to plug into any USB 2.0 enabled PC, and run the Linux Operating System. Wizpy disguises itself as a USB CD-ROM drive which enables the Linux OS to boot without the user installing any actual components on the PC. How cool is that? Now you don't have to lug around your laptop, just access a PC and you're off in your own, comfortable desktop environment. And best of all, no one can see what you've done or where you've been because it leaves no trace of history data.

Wizpy kind of reminds me of borrowing someone's car and having everything just so, the mirrors in perfect placement, seat adjusted perfectly, with all your favorite tunes. Wizpy takes care of that aspect for you too, because it is also a digital audio player, has a
FM radio, a voice recorder and a 1.7 inch screen for viewing e-books, pictures, movies and video files. But wait, there's more! Wizpy comes preloaded with TurboLinux Fuji OS, the Firefox Web browser, the Thunderbird e-mail client, Skype (VoIP) phone service and OpenOffice 2.1. It is sold in 2GB and 4GB versions. A Wizpy model is in the works with a SD card slot to be released in the future.

Currently, Wizpy has been just released in Japan and sells for about $254. It is slated to arrive worldwide in the coming months. Thanks to our friends at Engadget, you can click here to see the Wizpy up close and personal.

Zune. That doesn't sound too swift either, does it? Maybe we should have a vote for the king of the techno-moronic names.

Thanks to FF for this!

Tags: digital audio player, DigitalAudioPlayer, Flash, hardware, linux, open source, OpenSource