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Archive for December, 2000

Happy holidays, from LinuxDevices.com

December 31, 2000

As 2000 draws to a close, we at LinuxDevices.com would like to take a moment to wish all of our friends in the Embedded Linux community a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy, and successful new year. It has been a cherished privilege to serve you during the past year, and we look forward to the coming year with great anticipation of an exciting year of Embedded Linux technology development and… (more…)

TinyLogin 0.80 released

December 29, 2000

Lineo has released the latest version of TinyLogin — version 0.80. TinyLogin is a suite of tiny utilities for handling login, authentication, password alteration, user/group maintenance on an embedded Linux system. TinyLogin also provides shadow password support to enhance system security. (more…)

Embedded Linux “Swiss army knife” gets an upgrade

December 29, 2000

Lineo has released BusyBox version 0.48, the latest version of the so-called “Swiss army knife” of freely available open source Embedded Linux utilities and tools. BusyBox makes customizing embedded systems convenient and demonstrates the possibility of putting open source Linux software on the smallest electronic devices. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top hardware and software stories of 2007

December 26, 2000


FEBRUARY


VIA'S INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MOBO LINE SPAWNS “PICO-ITX”
Via is readying a media-oriented motherboard in what could be the next popular size for small form-factor PCs: Pico-ITX. The “Epia PX” board measures 3.9 x 2.8 inches and features a 1GHz C7 processor, along with rich audio/video I/O, albeit mostly on pin headers. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top technology stories of 2007

December 26, 2000

JANUARY


DEBIAN ARM ACCELERATES WITH EABI PORT
Embedded system specialist Applied Data Systems (ADS) has contributed an experimental new root filesystem for the ARM architecture to the Debian project. Comprised of 9,877 packages and growing, the ADS-contributed filesystem offers greatly improved floating point performance, thanks to… (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top market research of 2007

December 26, 2000

JANUARY


STANDARDS DOMINATE BURGEONING COMPUTER-ON-MODULE MARKET
The rapidly-growing market for “computer-on-module” (COM) embedded boards increasingly is dominated by several “major” open standard formats, embedded market analyst VDC reports. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top industry standards stories of 2007

December 26, 2000

JANUARY


TOP LINUX FOUNDATIONS MERGE
With Linux growing by leaps and bounds, two of the top organizations that guide its growth are finally joining forces. The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) are forming one mega-organization, known as the “Linux Foundation.” (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top business stories of 2007

December 26, 2000

JANUARY


APPLE EMBEDS MAC OS X IN PHONE, SET-TOP BOX CEO Steve Jobs unveiled two forthcoming Apple devices based on an embedded version of Mac OS X, at the MacWorld Expo this week in San Francisco. The “Apple TV” set-top box is due in February, while the much-anticipated iPhone combo cellphone/mediaplayer is expected by mid-year. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: Top device stories of 2007

December 26, 2000

JANUARY


NEW NOKIA N800 INTERNET TABLET AVAILABLE NOW
Nokia quietly began delivering an upgrade to its Linux-based 770 Internet Tablet just prior to CES. The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is available now from at least two retail stores in the U.S., priced at $399.99. (more…)

Article: Hacking the iPAQ with Linux, for fun and profit

December 23, 2000

Foreword: This article is the second in a LinuxDevices.com series by Jerry Epplin that explores the history, status, alternative architectures, and future developments of Linux on PDAs and handheld devices. In this installment Epplin explores the possibilities of installing Linux on the Compaq iPAQ PDA. (more…)

Embedded Linux solution brings UPnP to home control

December 23, 2000

Metro Link (Fort Lauderdale, FL) will demonstrate a new software solution which provides residential gateway and appliance connectivity functions and supports the Universal Plug 'n Play (UPnP) standard, at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (January 6-9, Las Vegas). In the demo at Aegis' booth, Metro Link's Metro-EnableWorks software enables connectivity between an Embedded Linux based Residential… (more…)

Hacking the iPAQ with Linux, for fun and profit

December 23, 2000

This article is Part 2 of the exciting new LinuxDevices.com series by Jerry Epplin that explores the history, status, alternative architectures, and future developments of Linux on PDAs and handheld devices. In this installment, we prepare for future exploration of three “off-the-shelf” iPAQ PDA distro's, by obtaining, installing, and testing the “generic” iPAQ Linux support from handhelds.org. (more…)

Another new “Linux like” embedded OS enters the scene

December 22, 2000

As if the embedded software market wasn't crowded enough already, a French startup named NexWave has invented what it hopes will prove to be a better embedded software “mouse trap.” Like LynxOS, QNX, and UnixCE, the new NexCore… (more…)

The first annual PPC/Linux community awards

December 22, 2000

penguinppc.org has announced “The First Annual PPC/Linux Community Awards” — a mix of serious and tongue-in cheek winners and losers for 2000 . . . (more…)

Lineo ports uClinux 2.4 to DragonBall

December 22, 2000

Lineo today announced the successful porting of the uClinux 2.4 kernel to the Motorola DragonBall family of processors. This development gives uClinux users access to numerous new features of the Linux 2.4 kernel, some of which include: USB support, IrDA, and QoS (quality of service) support. (more…)

Birth of a new Embedded Linux company

December 22, 2000

Tuxia (Augsburg, Germany) today formally launched itself into the dynamic Embedded Linux market. The company intends to address what it terms “the rapidly expanding embedded Linux market,” with an emphasis on developing and marketing Linux-based software solutions for Internet appliances. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: BR Top device stories of 2006

December 21, 2000

JANUARY


NOKIA'S OPEN SOURCE DIRECTOR ON THE 770 INTERNET TABLET
LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum recently discussed the new 770 Internet tablet with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source software operations. (more…)

Guest column: Comparing two approaches to real-time Linux

December 21, 2000

In recent years, two alternative approaches to providing real-time services within Linux systems have surfaced. In this paper, I will define these two systems and discuss some of the main advantages and disadvantages of each. (more…)

Comparing two approaches to real-time Linux

December 21, 2000

In this guest column, Lineo's CTO (Tim Bird) compares two alternative methods of providing real-time services within Linux — the RTLinux/RTAI “Interrupt Abstraction” approach, and the approach of “Preemption Improvement” by modifying the Linux kernel. Bird defines these two systems, discusses some of the main advantages and disadvantages of each, and makes a case for which approach is best suited to… (more…)

PocketLinux taps Jabber to bring XML messaging to devices

December 21, 2000

Jabber.com today announced that Transvirtual Technologies has integrated Jabber's instant messaging technology into Transvirtual's PocketLinux mobile device operating environment. PocketLinux is an open source application development environment for mobile computing devices. PocketLinux currently runs on a variety of PDAs, cellular phones, and set-top boxes. (more…)