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Archive for January, 2002

Joint revision to POSIX and the Single UNIX Specification announced

January 31, 2002

San Francisco, CA — (press release excerpt) — The Open Group announced completion of the joint revision to POSIX and the Single UNIX Specification. The new standard is now available for download, in keeping with The Open Group's policy of open and free access to its standards. (more…)

Commercial apps support Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA

January 31, 2002

TheKompany.com has announced a family of Linux “products for the embedded world” which support the Sharp Zaurus 5x series. The following products are either available now or coming soon . . .

  • tkcExplorer — an enhanced file manager
  • tkcEditor — a serious editor that provides many tools that are convenient for both programmers or end users
  • tkcJabber — an… (more…)

Free Standards Group releases two key Linux standards: LSB and Li18nux

January 31, 2002

New York; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — In a move that will allow true interoperability between Linux distributions and better internationalization capabilities, the Free Standards Group has released Linux Standard Base (LSB) 1.1 and Li18nux 1.0. LSB enhances existing compatibility among Linux distributions and will enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux-based operating… (more…)

Prentice Hall announces new book series on Linux and OSS

January 30, 2002

Upper Saddle River, NJ — (press release excerpt) — Technical book publisher Prentice Hall and Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) have announced the creation of The Bruce Perens' Open Source Series of books. The series will be created and edited by Bruce Perens, a founding father of the open source community, and will focus on Linux and a broad variety of Open Source topics including BSD, Open Source… (more…)

HP Fiorina: “Linux ready for breakout year”

January 30, 2002

New York; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — In her keynote address here, Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina declared this the breakout year for Linux, the open source technology that is finding favor with big businesses for its flexibility and cost-effectiveness. (more…)

Sony announces Linux for PlayStation 2

January 30, 2002

New York; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that it is set to release Linux for PlayStation 2 (Release 1.0), targeted toward the Linux development community in North America. Designed as a hobbyist development environment, users can not only run the wide variety of computer applications written for the Linux operating system, but also create… (more…)

Non-profit lab launches “Carrier Grade Linux”, “Data Center Linux” projects

January 30, 2002

The 22-member non-profit Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) today announced a pair of technical working groups aimed at enhancing the suitability of Linux for telecommunications and datacenter infrastructure applications. The two groups, called the Carrier Grade Linux Working Group and the Data Center Linux Working Group, will provide “vision and guidance” to “encourage the development of whatever… (more…)

Real-Time Specification for Java approved

January 30, 2002

Pittsburgh, PA — (press release excerpt) — TimeSys Corporation today announced that their completed Reference Implementation of the Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ) has been accepted under the Java Community Process (JCP) and is now available for free download at the TimeSys website, here. (more…)

IBM: Linux is already paying off

January 30, 2002

Stephen Shankland of CNET reports that IBM believes it has already nearly recouped the $1 billion it claims to have invested in Linux during 2001. Shankland writes . . . ” (more…)

HP: “Linux is the OS of the future in telecom”

January 29, 2002

[Updated Jan. 29, 2002] At this week's LinuxWorld in New York, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) unveiled a range of new Linux-based products and services targeting the Internet infrastructure, telecommunications, and network equipment provider markets. These include a family of Linux-based “carrier grade” servers and a developer's kit for HP Opencall software. (more…)

Open development environment for Linux gains C/C++ tools

January 29, 2002

New York; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — Today, eclipse.org made a fully functional C and C++ Integrated Development Environment available for evaluation with the eclipse platform on Linux workstations. The C/C++ tools, which complement existing Java language support, make the eclipse platform the first full function, tightly integrated, multi-language tools environment available as open source. (more…)

MontaVista announces version 2.1 of … “MontaVista Linux”

January 29, 2002

New York and Paris; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — MontaVista Software today announced MontaVista Linux 2.1, the next generation of the company's classic embedded operating platform. The feature-rich release enables an even broader range of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer electronics, instrumentation and… (more…)

Sun gains UltraSPARC IIe Embedded Linux via Lineo partership

January 29, 2002

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — Sun Microsystems, Inc. has signed an agreement with Lineo, Inc. to adapt and support Lineo's embedded Linux operating system products to run on UltraSPARC IIe-processor based end user-developed custom hardware. Lineo is working to create a full-featured UltraSPARC IIe processor-focused software development kit complete with the Lineo Embedix operating system. (more…)

VDC study predicts slow, steady growth of VOIP market

January 28, 2002

Natick, MA — (press release excerpt) — Recent analysis by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) confirms what telecommunications pundits have prophesized for years — network convergence is upon us. However, the research also suggests that the transition to packet telephony will be a lengthy and perpetual one. (more…)

Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA to hit retail shelves in March

January 28, 2002

Sharp's new Linux-based Zaurus PDA is expected to begin hitting retail shelves this March for a list price $549, a company source told LinuxDevices.com. The model name will be “Zaurus SL-5500”, and it will include 64MB of RAM memory and 16MB of built-in Flash storage memory (in contrast to pre-production devices… (more…)

Ximian eases open source license for Mono Project [ZDNet]

January 28, 2002

CNET News.com's Stephen Shankland reports on Ximian's decision to change the license of Mono, the project to provide an open source alternative to Microsoft's .NET. Ximian, observes Shankland, appears to have made a philosophical shift, in moving from the GNU GPL to the less-restrictive MIT X11 open source license. Shankland writes . . . (more…)

New Linux-based DTV reference platform

January 28, 2002

Mountain View, CA — (press release excerpt) — TeraLogic, Inc. today announced the Cougar-L Linux Digital TV Platform, which is based on TeraLogic's TL851 Universal Decoder and TL811 “Gateway” PVR Controller chips. With Cougar-L, TeraLogic broadens the operating system options of its Cougar Platform, the most successful DTV platform ever launched, to include Linux. (more…)

Borland announces Linux-based C++ RAD tools strategy

January 28, 2002

New York; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — Borland Software Corporation today unveiled its strategy to extend rapid application development (RAD) to the C++ language in 2002. Analyst firm IDC estimates there are more than 2.6 million C++ developers, making C++ the world's most widely used development language. (more…)

Ximian changes Mono Project from GPL to MIT X11 licensing model

January 28, 2002

Boston, MA — (press release excerpt) — Ximian Inc. today announced a change in licensing by the Mono Project. With this change, the class libraries produced by Mono, an open source community initiative to deliver a Linux and UNIX compatible version of the Microsoft .NET development framework, will be released under the X11 software license, rather than the GNU General Public License (GPL). (more…)

OSDL to announce “Carrier Grade Linux” activity

January 25, 2002
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The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) is holding a press conference at LinuxWorld in New York, next week. The lab issued a brief news advisory indicating that it will announce “new members and significant new activity in support of Carrier Grade and Data Center Linux”, and will be held at 11:00 a.m. (more…)