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Archive for April, 2000

LinuxPR: Crash-safe file system for embedded devices

April 22, 2000

Lund, Sweden, April 24, 2000 — Axis Communications announced today the first open source code for the Journaled Flash File System (JFFS), which allows Linux devices to store information on Flash-ROM's. This production quality filesystem, developed by Axis, is ideally suited for designing embedded systems without hard drives, such as emerging network and mobile devices, because it provides crash-safe… (more…)

Linux Journal: Getting Small with Linux

April 21, 2000

This series of articles in Linux Journal explains, in an easy to follow, step-by-step manner, several ways to create Linux based systems that fit on one or two floppy diskettes. In Part 1, Marcel Gagné starts out with LOAF (Linux On A Floppy — loaf.ecks.org), a small Linux implementation that fits — as its name implies — on a single floppy. (more…)

OSGi Consortium develops standard for service gateways

April 21, 2000

San Ramon, CA — /PRNewswire/ — The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) today announced that its membership grew by 45 percent in the first quarter of 2000, with 19 companies joining the organization. OSGi is now comprised of 58 leading technology companies working to define and promote open standards for the delivery of multiple services over wide-area networks to local networks and devices. (more…)

Linux Magazine: Distribution Roundup

April 21, 2000

New to Linux? Wondering which Linux distribution is right for you? Linux Magazine has just posted an online article, by William Wong, that compares eight popular “standard” (desktop/server) Linux distributions. The distributions covered are: Caldera, Corel, Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Slackware, SuSE, and TurboLinux. (more…)

Byte: Using RAID With Linux

April 21, 2000

Byte.com has published a well written and highly informative article, by Moshe Bar, about the technologies and implementation methods for setting up and using Redundant Array of Inexpensive/Independent Disks (RAID) under Linux. The article focuses on how to implement a RAID system using SCSI hard disks. (more…)

Bell Labs’ GPLs Linux software that fights security attacks

April 21, 2000

Murray Hill, NJ — (press release) — Bell Labs announced today that it is releasing free Linux software that foils the most common form of computer security attack. Lucent's Libsafe software prevents electronic intruders from overflowing an application program's buffer memory to gain unauthorized access to a computer. (more…)

Motorola and TurboLinux developing embedded Linux for China

April 19, 2000

EE Times.com editor Sunray Liu reports that Motorola and TurboLinux are collaborating on an embedded Linux implementation for supporting the Motorola PowerPC 8240 microprocessor . . . (more…)

ZDNet Acquires LinuxDevices.com

April 19, 2000

San Francisco, CA — ZDNet, which operates the leading Web destination for people who want to buy, use and learn about technology, today announced that it has acquired LinuxDevices.com, “the Embedded Linux Portal.” Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (more…)

Introducing the Linux Terminal Server Project

April 18, 2000

[NOTE: At the Linux Terminal Server Project website, you can find out how to create a Linux based diskless workstation that boots from a network server. Applications include both thin clients and embedded systems. (more…)

Lineo and Cosource.com announce open-source project success

April 18, 2000

Lindon, Utah — (press release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, and Cosource.com, the cooperative market for open source, today announced the successful completion of their first joint open source project. Lineo utilized Cosource.com's reverse-auction market to select a Linux developer to integrate the htDig search engine with Kdevelop, a leading open source… (more…)

Real-Time Application Interface (RTAI) v1.3 released

April 18, 2000

Herndon, Virginia — (press release) — The Real Time Application Interface (RTAI) development team led by Paolo Mantegazza of Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale Politecnico di Milano (DIAPM), today announced the release of RTAI, version 1.3. In the open source spirit, this new version provides enhanced capabilities and services which simultaneously extend the ability of RTAI to meet the needs of… (more…)

QNX goes “Linux-like”

April 18, 2000

QNX Software Systems (Ottawa, ONTARIO) has unveiled an aggressive strategy to adapt to the growing presence of Linux in the embedded market. The QNX strategy lies not in working against Linux, but rather in hitching the company's fortunes to the Linux train — in a manner of speaking. (more…)

The Register: QNX to open Neutrino RTOS source?

April 17, 2000

Tony Smith, of The Register, reports that RTOS vendor QNX Software Systems is about to unveil a major strategy shift — one that strongly indicates the enormous impact Linux and open-source software are having on the embedded software market . . . (more…)

Lineo acquires ThinLinux specialist, FirePlug

April 17, 2000

Lindon, UTAH — (company press release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today announced the intent to acquire FirePlug Computers, Inc, based in Vancouver, Canada. FirePlug is a leading developer of embedded Linux network application software solutions and also provides strong development expertise in embedded Linux tools. (more…)

Lineo acquires High Availability Linux specialist, INUP

April 17, 2000

Lindon, UTAH — (company press release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today announced an agreement to acquire INUP, a leading provider of fault tolerant Linux-based clustering solutions for embedded devices. INUP technology targets high availability CompactPCI (cPCI) and Linux-based clusters that need hot-swapping functionality and redundancy. (more…)

Website supports open source cluster-based supercomputing

April 17, 2000

Stockholm, SWEDEN — PileofPCs.org was launched today, with the objective of hastening the proliferation of cluster-based supercomputing (i.e. Beowulf class computers) — by creating, promoting and sponsoring the Open Source development of distributions, applications, and tools comparable to those sold by traditional supercomputer vendors. (more…)

2nd Braunschweig Linux-Days features embedded Linux talks

April 15, 2000

On May 13th/14th the 2nd Braunschweig Linux-Days will take place, featuring some talks and company presentations of interest to the embedded systems community:

  • LabVIEW (Christian Gindorf, National Instruments, Germany)
  • Linux on Embedded Power PC boards (Wolfgang Denk / DENX Software Engineering, Germany)
  • The Colibree Project — uCLinux on ColdFire (Gerrit Telkamp, Oliver Kamphenkel,… (more…)

Design the ELC Logo, win an HP C500 Digital Camera

April 14, 2000

The Embedded Linux Consortium needs a creative logo to represent our vision and mission. The logo will be used on letterhead and business cards, T-shirts, signs, packaging and more. We need a crisp, uncluttered design that looks terrific and distinctive on tiny web pages (for example, on Linux-powered wireless handheld PDAs) as well as huge booth banners. (more…)

Applied Computing Conference to feature Linux talks

April 14, 2000

Linux is a growing focus of exhibitors and presenters alike — and, no doubt, the attendees — at the upcoming Applied Computing Conference & Expo (formerly the PC Developers Conference) to be held May 22-25 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. The event is a combo tradeshow and technical conference devoted to what Intel calls the “applied computing” market. (more…)

Maker of Linux-based home appliance secures funding

April 14, 2000

Adomo, Inc. announced today that it has successfully closed a seed funding round from Bridge Ventures Fund III in Denmark. This investment, along with prior investments, brings Adomo's total seed funding to $4 million. The funds will be used to continue development of a Linux server-based home information system that allows families to network Internet enabled devices and share important family… (more…)