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Archive for January, 2000

The Embedded and Real-Time Linux Market

January 31, 2000

Why Linux?

Recent years have seen a broadening array of operating system (OS) software options for embedded and real-time system applications. Today, most non-desktop “embedded” systems are based on one of the following alternatives:

  • Microsoft Windows, in its three “flavors”: Win98, WinNT, WinCE
  • A wide variety of proprietary real-time OSes (RTOSes) — VxWorks, Lynx, QNX, pSOS,… (more…)

Slashdot discussion: Linux growth in embedded apps

January 31, 2000

In response to a Slashdot discussion item on the growing use of Linux in embedded applications (located here), Jacob Lehrbaum of LinuxDevices.com posted the following comment . . . (more…)

1st PowerPC embedded Linux cross-development tools

January 31, 2000

New York — (company press release) — MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications, today announces
its Hard Hat Linux cross-development toolkit for Motorola's PowerPC microprocessors. The MontaVista offering is the first product to enable embedded software designers to use cost-effective Linux workstations for
creating embedded Linux… (more…)

Embedded Linux Consortium meeting details announced

January 31, 2000

Rick Lehrbaum writes . . .

Here are the final details of the organizational meeting of the Embedded Linux Consortium to be held at the Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago . . . (more…)

FSMLabs and Synergy Microsystems unveil PowerPC RTLinux

January 31, 2000

SAN DIEGO, CA — (company press release) — FSMLabs and Synergy Microsystems today announced the beta release of RTLinux for the PowerPC. Designed to run on VME and CompactPCI CPU boards as well as other PowerPC platforms, RTLinux is a real-time, deterministic Linux kernel. Real-time response seen with the beta release is impressive, with latencies of 10 microseconds and under expected. (more…)

MontaVista releases Hard Hat Linux v1.0

January 31, 2000

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — (company press release) — MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications, today announces the version 1.0 release of the company's Hard Hat Linux distribution. (more…)

“Red Hat Inside”

January 31, 2000

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, of ZDNet News, writes . . .

“Hot on the heels of the unveilings of Transmeta Corp.'s Mobile Linux and Lineo Inc.'s Embedix, Red Hat Inc. is joining the embedded-system fray with its Red Hat Tools for Embedded Developers (RHTED). RHTED is an open-source integrated development environment (IDE) for software developers. (more…)

Red Hat Brings Open Source to Post-PC, Embedded Devices

January 31, 2000

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — (company press release) — Red Hat, Inc., a leader in Linux and open source solutions, announced today its official entry into the post-PC market to meet increasing demand for Red Hat's open source-based services and support. As its first open source offering in the embedded space, Red Hat is introducing the Red Hat Tools for Embedded Developers, an open source integrated… (more…)

Linux: Belle of info appliances?”

January 31, 2000

Robert Lemos, writing in ZDNet News, says . . .

“Linux, the freely distributed operating system whose Cinderella story has riveted the market for Web servers, is ready to wear its glass slippers once again. The fairy-tale ball this time is the very posh information appliance market.” (more…)

Slashdot: hot discussion on embedded Linux

January 31, 2000

Embedded Linux is a hot discussion topic, today, at Slashdot. Check out the discussion * here *. After an initial storm of ZDNet trashing, resulting from their story on embedded Linux (* read it here *), you'll find some interesting observations and comments about… (more…)

Geeknews.org: Mandrake 7.0 Review

January 30, 2000

Geeknews.org has just reviewed Mandrake 7.0 . . .

“There has been some hype about Mandrake being a more user-friendly Linux distribution when compared to it's contemporaries, Red Hat Linux being the most oft-cited. I have had some experience in the past using Mandrake 6.x and I thought it was okay, but felt it was clearly Red Hat Linux with some extra user-oriented applications and a bit more… (more…)

Red Hat drops the other (embedded) shoe!

January 29, 2000

Ed Scannell and Michael Lattig, writing in InfoWorld.com, report . . .

“While the LinuxWorld expo in New York this week will showcase a raft of new technologies that spans the product spectrum, several major developers will be zeroing in on . . . embedded and handheld devices.” (more…)

Linux-based PenguinRadio to revolutionize radio?

January 28, 2000

“One day, every radio will work this way” boasts PenguinRadio cofounder Andrew Leyden. PenguinRadio LLC, a small Washington DC based startup, has giant plans to revolutionize how we listen to music and radio when we're not sitting at our computers. Powered by an embedded Linux operating system and “x86” CPU, and connected to the Internet via a modem or Ethernet, PenguinRadios will tap into the thousands… (more…)

Dr. Inder Singh on the Benefits of Embedded Linux

January 27, 2000

Most Linux activity has focused on mainstream server and desktop applications, but it is in the embedded world that Linux may well have the biggest impact. (more…)

Lineo “Licensing” Linux?

January 26, 2000

Lineo has recently announced one of the largest embedded Linux design wins to date: through a three-way partnership with Elitegroup Computing and Bast, Inc., Lineo Embedix Linux will become the software platform for Linux-based set-top devices in hotel rooms and apartment complexes throughout the US, Europe, and Asia (See… (more…)

Carrier-Class Linux for Telecom Equipment Announced

January 26, 2000

Framingham, MA — (company press release) — Natural MicroSystems Corporation, an open Telecommunications leader providing convergence technologies to the world's premier suppliers of communications solutions, today announced broad support for the Linux operating system. Developers will be able to create leading-edge voice and data applications and enhanced services, using the operating system of their… (more…)

PPC VME SBC Runs Linux and Supports Harsh Environments

January 26, 2000

SAN DIEGO, CA — Synergy Microsystems announced today that its ruggedized VME PowerPC CPU board, the VGR5, has passed all shock and vibration tests required to qualify it for harsh environments. In one test, the VGR5 was subjected to random vibration in excess of 14 Gs while running programs under Linux. (more…)

Embedded Internet and Linux to Dominate ESC

January 26, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — The show floor at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Spring reflects the exploding growth in products for embedded Internet and networked information appliances. The exhibition is part of a four-day conference (February 28 — March 2 at Chicago's McCormick Place South) that provides engineers and designers with opportunities to see and learn about the latest tools and… (more…)

Interview: Lineo “Licensing” Linux?

January 26, 2000

Rick Lehrbaum of LinuxDevices.com writes . . .

Lineo has recently announced one of the largest embedded Linux design wins to date: through a three-way partnership with Elitegroup Computing and Bast, Inc., Lineo Embedix Linux will become the software platform for Linux-based set-top devices in hotel rooms and apartment complexes throughout the US, Europe, and Asia ((more…)

Linux being embedded in 500,000 set-top boxes

January 26, 2000

League City, TX — Eagle Wireless International, Inc. announced today that it has received the initial $12.5 million order which is part of a $125 million contract between Eagle and Urbana.ca for 500,000 Linux based set-top boxes. The set-top box configuration incorporates both the Linux operating system and Wavelet technology. (more…)