The groundbreaking Lightworks Open Source project celebrates its phase one roll out; releases FREE Lightworks 2010 Public Beta. At this point, it is only working on the PC platform, and a robust one at that. They promise a Mac version by the end of next year.
LTO-5 became officially available this year, with products coming fast from the large suppliers IBM, HP and Quantum (the originators of the open format standard), Sony, Oracle/Sun and Spectra Logic. Drives are easily available from Dell, reselling from other manufacturers such as Quantum’s LTO-5 Half-Height Drive and Qualstar’s smaller library systems.
LTO-5 can read and write in the previous LTO-4 format, and read the LTO-3 format, while maintaining speeds and capacities that nearly double the LTO-4. As a side note, there is an industry association named Ultrium, whose website has more data than one would want to sift through…surprisingly, nothing negative at all–though it is hard to find much negative about the technology as it has evolved.