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Archive for July, 2002

Matchbox — a Small Footprint Window Manager for Embedded Devices

July 31, 2002

In this technical article at LinuxDevices.com, Matchbox project leader Matthew Allum introduces his creation: a small footprint window manager for PDAs and other resource-constrained embedded devices. Allum recalls why he decided to embark on the project, outlines its key objectives, describes its architecture and unique characteristics, and ponders its future. (more…)

‘Low cost’ Linux-based PDA unveiled at Taipei Linux Expo

July 31, 2002

Esfia (Taipei, Taiwan) will demonstrate a new low-cost Chinese Linux-based PDA at the Taipei Linux Expo this week. The device, which is based on a Samsung ARM7 system-on-chip processor and is available with a color or monochrome backlit 320×240 pixel LCD, was developed by Esfia to provide a ready-to-use Linux-PDA technology solution for license to companies wanting to distribute low-cost Linux-based PDAs… (more…)

‘Appliance version’ of Linux powers thin client system

July 31, 2002

King of Prussia, PA — (press release excerpt) — Neoware Systems today broadened its product portfolio with the release of the new, high performance Eon Professional Series and the introduction of the first product offering within the Eon Professional Series, the Eon Professional 4300. (more…)

Article: Matchbox — a Small Footprint Window Manager for Embedded Devices

July 31, 2002

In this technical article, Matchbox project leader Matthew Allum introduces his creation: a small footprint window manager for PDAs and other resource- constrained embedded devices. Allum recalls why he decided to embark on the project, outlines its key objectives, describes its architecture and unique characteristics, and ponders its future . . . (more…)

‘1st portable Mpeg4 player’ available for Sharp Zaurus

July 30, 2002

An announcement from theKompany.com . . .

tkcVideo is a multi-format video playback application for the Sharp Zaurus, making the Zaurus the world's first portable Mpeg4 player. Because Mpeg4 encoded files allow the use of lower bit rates with the same quality, it is possible to encode more than 1 hour of 320×240 pixel (the Zaurus screen resolution) Mpeg4 video to a 128MB CompactFlash card. (more…)

Release and review of 2-Disk Xwindow Linux System

July 30, 2002

The 2-Disk Xwindow Linux System ('2diskxwin') project has released a new version of its tiny Linux-based thin client OS. Many new features and developments have been added, including XML control system improvements and XDND support, and the size has been reduced by 12% giving an entire Linux/X system with many apps in just 2.46 megabytes! The project is hosted on Freshmeat, (more…)

Opera releases update to browser customization tools

July 30, 2002

Oslo, Norway — (press release excerpt) — Opera Software today released the second edition of their popular Opera Composer for Linux and at the same introduces the Sales Referral Partner Program for Linux, which lets users share in Opera's success and earn cash. (more…)

Software suite enables Linux-based Gigabit routers and switches

July 30, 2002

Cary, NC — (press release excerpt) — LVL7 Systems announced plans to integrate its FASTPATH software with Intel's Media Switch family of devices (including the IXE5416, IXE5216, and IXE2424). The combination of technologies is intended to facilitate development of high performance, system-ready Fast and Gigabit Ethernet switching systems. (more…)

The Jikes project, fastest Java complier for Linux, releases v1.16

July 29, 2002

An announcement from IBM developerWorks . . .

Jikes version 1.16 has been released. It represents 9 months of development, 4 megs of patches (when consolidated into one unified diff), covering well over 100,000 lines of changes. Jikes is still the fastest Java compiler anywhere and this release, according to the developer, is dedicated to geeks and the people who love them. (more…)

Embedded Linux, chip, reference design support Samsung SOCs

July 29, 2002

Taipei, Taiwan — (press release excerpt) — Esfia announced today that its AESF901PWD multifunction companion chip and embedded Linux operating system and tool chain have been incorporated into a new reference design for Samsung's S3C44B0X and S3C2400/2410 system-on-chip processors. (more…)

Service Availability Forum announces 12 new members

July 29, 2002

Mercer Island, WA — (press release excerpt) — The Service Availability Forum, an industry-wide coalition of premier communications and computing companies, today announced the addition of 12 new members, bringing the total to over 30. The Forum's growth underscores the industry-wide movement from proprietary systems to an open, commercial-off-the-shelf production model. (more…)

PC/104 Consortium announces first annual PC/104 Design Contest

July 29, 2002

An announcement from the PC/104 Consortium . . .

If you are an OEM who has designed a product incorporating PC/104 or PC/104-Plus technologies, or if you are a student who has completed a PC/104-based research project, you are invited to enter the First Annual PC/104 Embedded Design Awards Contest. It's easy and there are no entry fees. (more…)

Embedded Linux powers new home automation appliances

July 29, 2002

Golden, CO — (press release excerpt) — CorAccess has released two new home appliances based on Linux. The Companion 10 and Companion 6 LCD Home Management panels are based on CorAccess's Utonium development framework. Utonium is a plug-in architecture for embedded systems using Linux and MacroMedia Flash for the GUI. (more…)

SBC maker Ampro taps TimeSys for Embedded Linux

July 29, 2002

San Jose, CA and Pittsburgh, PA — Ampro Computers Inc. and TimeSys Corp. announced that they will jointly supply a complete Linux operating system and development environment to accelerate the deployment of Ampro's EnCore single-board computer products in next generation OEM devices using embedded Linux. (more…)

Update on Xbox Linux project [ZDNet]

July 29, 2002

In this article for ZDNet (UK), Matthew Broersma updates the progress of the Xbox Linux Project, including their latest release of a BIOS to initialize the Xbox under Linux . . . (more…)

Anatomy of a Small Open-Source Kernel for DSPs [Linux Journal]

July 28, 2002

In this article at Linux Journal, Julian Rose provides technical and historical background of 'dsp_k', an open source real-time kernel and library for digital signal processors (DSPs). Rose also examines the use of open source software in deeply embedded systems . . . (more…)

ELJonline: Anatomy of a Small Open-Source Kernel for DSPs

July 27, 2002

Julian provides the technical and historical background of dsp_k, with a particular focus on the kernel. (more…)

Device profile: i3 micro Mood Box

July 26, 2002
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This LinuxDevices.com “device profile” introduces i3 micro technology's Mood Box, a (Linux-based) stylish 'next-generation set-top box' that is intended to fit the decor of homes, upscale hotels, and commercial settings — delivering IP-based live TV, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, music-on-demand, Internet… (more…)

Going hybrid [The Economist]

July 26, 2002

In this article, The Economist offers analysis about the state of open source and the adoption of Linux in business . . . (more…)

How RealNetworks can become an open source player [ZDNet]

July 26, 2002

ZDNet editor-in-chief Dan Farber offers analysis of RealNetwork's embrace of open source . . .

“I can understand why RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, tired of fighting the unfair fight with Microsoft, has joined forces with the open source community . . . ” (more…)