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Archive for January, 2000

Probotics GPLs Robot Control Software

January 25, 2000

Probotics, Inc. has announced that they have released the source code of “Map-N-Zap”, the control software for their Cye personal robot, under GPL. Parag Batavia, Probotics Chief Scientist, says “Right now, Map-N-Zap is a Win9x product only, but we have released all the source code under GPL, in the hopes that people using other platforms (linux especially) can do cool things with it.” What does it do?… (more…)

Other smart devices with Linux inside

January 24, 2000

Here, we take a look at a wide variety of interesting Linux-powered gadgets that don't fit into the other categories of this guide — everything from web-enabled digital cameras, to automobile telematics systems, to IBM's Linux wrist watch, to . . . (more…)

Second Embedded Linux Poll Results

January 24, 2000

LinuxDevices.com, the popular “Embedded Linux Portal”, today unveiled the results of the second survey in its Embedded Linux Polls series. The survey's topic was: “Please describe one embedded, real-time, or applied computing application for which you are considering using Linux as the target operating system.” The survey asked embedded Linux developers to select a prospective application and answer six… (more…)

Lineo Ships Embedix Linux 1.0

January 24, 2000

LINDON, Utah — (company press release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today began shipping Embedix Linux 1.0, Lineo's embedded Linux distribution. Embedix Linux is engineered and re-configured specifically for embedded systems use. Embedix Linux allows OEM developers to test and implement embedded Linux on their specific hardware solutions. (more…)

Lineo Announces Linux-based Win CE Replacement

January 24, 2000

LINDON, Utah — (company news release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today announced Lineo Embedix PDA, a Windows CE compatible embedded Linux software solution. Embedix PDA will provide a Windows CE compatible layer on top of Lineo Embedix Linux, allowing Windows CE applications to be easily ported to Lineo Embedix Linux, a stable, compact and low-cost OS. (more…)

Did you say . . . Mobile Linux?

January 21, 2000

Stephen Shankland, staff writer of CNET News.com, writes . . .

“Though Transmeta won't specifically sell a Linux product, it will give a version of the operating system called 'Mobile Linux' to hardware makers so they have one to run on portable Internet access devices using Transmeta's chips, said product manager Marc Fleischmann . . .” (more…)

Leveraging Linux for Embedded Applications

January 19, 2000

From the streets of the Silicon Valley, to Wall Street, and of course to Sand Hill Road, “Linux” was the catchword of 1999. All signs point to Linux continuing as both a hot financial and technological prospect into the new millennium. Putting IPO fever aside, there are strong technical and business reasons to consider using Linux for your next embedded development project. (more…)

Transmeta CPU Targets Mobile Internet Computing

January 19, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (PR Newswire Release) — Transmeta Corporation today ended four and a half years of secrecy with the introduction of Crusoe, the world's first family of smart microprocessors. Designed to create a new category of Mobile Internet Computers, the Crusoe processor family (www.crusoe.com) is based on a breakthrough software approach that will… (more…)

Transmeta Unveils Crusoe CPU

January 19, 2000

Alexander Wolfe, editor of EE Times, reports . . .

“Secretive Transmeta Corp. took the wraps off its long-anticipated Crusoe microprocessor on Wednesday (Jan. 19), describing two CPUs with clock speeds ranging between 333 MHz and 700 MHz. The new chips, the TM5400 and the TM3120, translate Intel Corp.'s X86 instructions into native code for improved performance, and they dynamically adjust their… (more…)

White paper: Leveraging Linux for Embedded Applications

January 19, 2000

“From the streets of the Silicon Valley, to Wall Street, and of course to Sand Hill Road, 'Linux' was the catchword of 1999. All signs point to Linux continuing as both a hot financial and technological prospect into the new millennium. Putting IPO fever aside, there are strong technical and business reasons to consider using Linux for your next embedded development project. (more…)

Corel and OE/ONE.com to Develop Linux Appliance Platform

January 18, 2000

Ottawa, Ontario — (Company press release) — Corel Corporation today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire up to a 30% stake in OE/ONE.com, a start-up company developing an “Information Appliance” platform or thin-client Internet Appliance platform. (more…)

Linux Goes Set-Top in Hotels

January 18, 2000

LINDON, UTAH — Lineo, Inc. today announced that its Embedix Linux 1.0 operating system and Embedix Browser will serve as the software backbone of a new set-top system to be marketed by Bast, Inc., a leading provider of set-top system hardware. The systems will be installed in hotel rooms and apartment buildings throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. (more…)

NSA Developing “Highly Secure” Linux?

January 18, 2000

Daniel Verton writes in Federal Computer Week . . .

The National Security Agency, the super-secret arm of the [US] Defense Department responsible for signals intelligence and information systems security, last week tapped Secure Computing Corp. to develop a secure version of the Linux operating system. (more…)

Touch Dynamics Announces KOSIX — a Linux based Kiosk OS

January 17, 2000

Everett, WA — (company press release) — Touch Dynamics today announced the development of an open-source software project to develop an industry standard public kiosk terminal operating system. The purpose of the Kiosk Operating System (KOSIX) project is to create an operating system platform for public terminals that is stable, secure, powerful and open to everyone. (more…)

Envoy Announces SNMP for Linux

January 17, 2000

Icon Labs today announced availability of a complete SNMP development environment for Linux. The package, called “Envoy”, includes SNMP libraries and header files for C development, a MIB compiler and source code to a sample agent. (more…)

Article: An interview with BR Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann

January 14, 2000

In November, Cygnus Solutions was acquired by Red Hat (see story). Red Hat president Matthew Szulik described the merger as creating “a single, worldwide source that lets developers rapidly create Linux applications for servers and small devices — accelerating the adoption of open source technologies.” On January… (more…)

Transmeta Set to Unveil Crusoe Processor

January 14, 2000

Alexander Wolfe, editor of TechWeb's Semiconductor Business News, writes . . .

The mystery surrounding the much-anticipated processor launch by Transmeta will finally unravel next Wednesday (January 19th). Industry sources said they believe the company will unveil an embedded-class VLIW processor, called “Crusoe,” which will be showcased in a handheld Web pad or similar downsized browser equipped… (more…)

An interview with BR Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann

January 14, 2000

In this interview, Rick Lehrbaum of LinuxDevice.com asks Michael Tiemann, newly appointed Chief Technology Officer of Red Hat (and founder of recently acquired Cygnus Systems) about the implications of the Red Hat / Cygnus merger on the embedded Linux market, its effect on the Cygnus EL/IX Embedded Linux API initiative, and his general views on the growth of Linux in non-desktop embedded applications. (more…)

PC/104 Magazine Launches “Embedded Linux News”

January 14, 2000

PC/104 Embedded Solutions magazine has rolled out a new regular column devoted to news and information on using Linux in embedded system applications. The column is entitled “Embedded Linux News: news from the fast moving world of Embedded Linux” and is authored by LinuxDevices.com founder Rick Lehrbaum. (more…)

EmbeddedTechnology.com launches “Linux Beat”

January 14, 2000

EmbeddedTechnology.com today unveiled a new section of its online news and information site that will be dedicated to news and information on using Linux in embedded applications. The area, called “Linux Beat,” will include a regular monthly column by LinuxDevices.com founder Rick Lehrbaum called “The Past Month of Embedded Linux”. (more…)