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Archive for 2000

Embedded Linux architecture for tiny devices is unveiled

December 21, 2000

Pascal Bauermeister, software development manager for Smartdata (Lausanne, Switzerland), sent LinuxDevices.com this announcement of PocketBee, a small footprint Embedded Linux operating system being developed for use on the company's new credit-card sized “Chipslice” portable/mobile/wearable computer (see story). (more…)

EL/IX finds a home on NetSilicon SoCs

December 21, 2000

Ever since Cygnus proposed EL/IX in the Fall of 1999, few companies — other than Red Hat, which acquired Cygnus late last year — have committed to supporting the would-be embedded OS standard. Many Embedded Linux companies have privately speculated that Red Hat's primary motivation for promoting (more…)

Embedded Linux becomes established in Malaysia

December 21, 2000

Coventive Technologies (Taiwan) has announced the formation of Malaysia's first Embedded Linux software company. The new enterprise, called “CSA Coventive MSC,” resulted from a joint venture between CSA Malaysia (a subsidiary of the US company, Computer Sciences Corporation) and X-Channel Ltd (a subsidiary of Coventive). (more…)

LWN publishes the 2000 Linux Timeline

December 21, 2000

Continuing its popular tradition of summarizing what has happened in the world of Linux over the past year, Linux Weekly News has published the LWN 2000 Linux Timeline. See the whole year of Linux — in all its many dimensions — on one interesting and informative page! (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: BR Top industry standards stories of 2006

December 20, 2000

JANUARY


EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: BILL WEINBERG OF THE MOBILE LINUX INITIATIVE
LinuxDevices.com recently caught up with OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg, to discuss the organization's new Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI). (more…)

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

December 20, 2000

JANUARY


MONTAVISTA STARTS NEW YEAR WITH CHANGES AT THE TOP
The first company to focus on embedded Linux as its primary business has begun the process of replacing its CEO, a boardmember has confirmed. MontaVista founder and president James Ready is expected to serve as CTO once a replacement CEO has been installed, according to… (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: BR Top hardware and software news of 2006

December 20, 2000

JANUARY


TROLLTECH RENAMES, UPDATES, EXPANDS QT/EMBEDDED
Trolltech has updated and renamed its graphics toolkit and development kit for embedded Linux devices. “Qtopia Core” is based on a Linux port of the company's Qt 4.0 development framework, and replaces its earlier Qt/Embedded product. (more…)

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

December 20, 2000

JANUARY


THE UNINTENDED SIDE EFFECTS OF BUILT-IN DRM
Building DRM into chips, hard drives, and OSes is dumb, because of unintended consequences to normal computer operation, says Victor Yodaiken in this guest editorial. (more…)

LinuxDevices year-end review: BR Top market research reports of 2006

December 20, 2000

JANUARY


TWO BILLION UNIT DEVICE MARKET TILTS TOWARD OFF-THE-SHELF SOFTWARE
More than two billion embedded devices shipped in 2004, according to VDC, or about one device for every three people on the planet. VDC expects device shipments to achieve double-digit growth through 2007, with off-the-shelf operating systems and development… (more…)

Update on Indrema’s Linux-based set-top game console

December 20, 2000

Indrema has provided the following status update and clarification concerning issues of game development and licensing, development tools, plans for games, and expected availability of the Indrema Entertainment System itself (i.e., the game console). This message initially appeared as a posting on the LinuxDevices.com discussion forum, which you can access (more…)

IBM u and /u Motorola PowerPC development systems now online

December 19, 2000

DevelopOnline has announced the addition of two types of PowerPC development systems to its online collaborative development resources — one from IBM and one from Motorola. Here are exerpts from the company's announcements regarding availabity of the new online platforms . . . (more…)

MontaVista to teach embedded Linux development

December 18, 2000

Sunnyvale, CA — (press release excerpt) — MontaVista Software has established the “MontaVista University” training program for subscribing developers who wish to acquire a deeper understanding and greater development efficiency in the open source Linux domain. The program will launch on January 15, 2001, with classes at subscriber sites and at MontaVista Software's corporate headquarters. (more…)

Lineo launches embedded Linux scholastic program

December 18, 2000

Lindon, UT — (press release excerpt) — Lineo today announced Lineo Academix, a scholastic program designed to prepare industry professionals and students for the expanding field of embedded Linux programming. The program consists of three subdivisions — Lineo Academix Collegiate, Lineo Academix Industry, and Lineo Academix Partner — intended to allow academia, industry professionals, and private… (more…)

Coming soon: an Italian Renaissance in Embedded Linux?

December 18, 2000

Over the past several years, Italy has been home to considerable embedded and real-time Linux development. For example, two well known embedded Linux projects spawned on Italian soil are ETLinux, an open source small footprint Embedded Linux developed by PROSA, and (more…)

Qt Palmtop Environment 1.1 available for download

December 18, 2000

Trolltech has announced the release of version 1.1 of the Qt Palmtop Environment, a leading GUI software package for embedded Linux released under the GPL. The key feature of the new version is a simple build system and development documentation to allow any developer to add their own applications to the QPE. (more…)

Japan Embedded Linux Consortium elects officers

December 18, 2000

Tokyo, JAPAN — (press release) — EMBLIX, the Japan Embedded Linux Consortium, today announced their first elected officers, the results of an election process that was initiated at Japan's largest embedded systems conference, MST 2000. Today, the consortium also established three working groups designed to initiate discussion within the embedded Linux community about platform and interoperability… (more…)

TimeSys challenges criticism of “real-time Linux”

December 15, 2000

Lonnie VanZandt, Sr. Systems Engineer of TimeSys Corporation, takes issue with a comment about “disadvantages of real-time Linux” that appeared in a report from the second annual Real-Time Linux Workshop, held recently in Orlando, Florida. VanZandt writes . . . (more…)

Article: Fundamentals of Real-time Linux Software Design

December 15, 2000

A simple model of real-time applications (more…)

Fundamentals of Real-time Linux Software Design

December 15, 2000

This technical whitepaper by Kevin Dankwardt explains the fundamentals of real-time Linux system programming, creates a simple model that illustrates many of the key aspects of real-time system behavior, and explores important issues that impact real-time performance, including task scheduling, preemption in the kernel, interrupt disabling, priority inversion, use of existing kernel facilities, and… (more…)

System-on-chip uses open source CPU u and /u Embedded Linux

December 15, 2000

Grenobles, FRANCE; Design-Reuse Conference — (press release excerpt) — Metaflow Technologies Inc. (La Jolla, Calif.) has introduced Implosion, a system-on-chip (SoC) design platform that uses open source IP for its key hardware and software components. Built around the open AMBA bus architecture, Metaflow's Implosion platform comprises foundation and application specific components that are… (more…)