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Archive for July, 2002

Testing safety-critical software with AdaTEST [Linux Journal]

July 26, 2002

Thomas Østerlie and Ståle Dahl review AdaTEST, a full service tool for formal testing needs, in this online article at Linux Journal . . . (more…)

Linux poised to plug in USB 2 [CNET]

July 26, 2002

CNET's Stephen Shankland reports on the permanent addition of high speed USB interface to the Linux kernel and the implications of its addition . . . (more…)

ELJonline: Testing Safety-Critical Software with AdaTEST

July 26, 2002

A full service, well supported and highly controllable tool for all your formal testing needs. (more…)

Article: Device profile: i3 micro Mood Box

July 26, 2002

i3 micro technology (Stockholm, Sweden) introduced the Mood Box at the CeBIT conference (Hannover, Germany) in March 2002. The device is a 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 browsing, email, and other interactive services and… (more…)

The Open Group calls for more support of open standards [NewsForge]

July 25, 2002

Writing at NewsForge, Jack Bryar takes a look at the Open Group's recent call to arms for interoperability among standards. Bryar examines the differences between 'Open Source' and The Open Group's approach to certification . . . (more…)

Transmeta cuts workforce by 40 percent

July 25, 2002

As part of its July 18, 2002 quarterly report, Crusoe processor maker Transmeta Corp. announced a reduction in its workforce of 200 people, or approximately 40 percent. The company's goal is to lower operating expenses to approximately $20 million per quarter beginning in the fourth quarter of 2002, and to reach profitability in the fourth quarter of 2003, according to the announcement. (more…)

Popular Linux website to close

July 25, 2002

LWN.net made the following announcement in the LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 25 . . .

Over the last several months we at LWN have looked at numerous ways of funding this operation. It takes people to write LWN, and it takes a lot of their time; it is not something that is easily handled on “off hours.” Those people really would like to be paid for their time, and that is something which has… (more…)

Reality check on Gartner Group’s predictions for Linux/OSS [ZDNet]

July 25, 2002

Writing at ZDNet, George Weiss of the Gartner Group reflects on how Gartner's 1999 predictions on the future of Linux and Open Source software have panned out . . . (more…)

Xilinx tackles ‘metro area network bottleneck’

July 25, 2002

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — At the Metro Optical Networking Forum today, Xilinx, Inc. unveiled its strategy to increase its penetration in the $23 billion dollar metro area networking (MAN) market. Xilinx has determined, and industry observers agree, that increased demand for broadband services, virtual private networks and deployment of new services such as video on demand, will play a… (more…)

RealNetworks ‘Helix’ to support Ogg Vorbis

July 25, 2002

San Diego, CA; OSCON — (press release excerpt) — RealNetworks, Inc. announced a collaboration with the Xiph.Org Foundation to integrate the Ogg Vorbis format and audio codec with the Helix DNA Client. The Helix DNA Client is source code from RealNetworks that will be contributed to the Helix Community within 90 days under a community and open source license. (more…)

OSCON: Lessig to abandon pulpit, RMS reveals halo

July 25, 2002

DesktopLinux.com Contributing Editor Malcolm Dean reports from O'Reilly's annual Open Source Convention in balmy San Diego, where the political winds are shifting in the global war against copyright tyranny. How Steamboat Bill became Steamboat Willy, and Shakespeare was freed. Dean writes . . . (more…)

NVIDIA open sources Cg Compiler Technology

July 24, 2002

San Antonio, TX — (press release excerpt) — NVIDIA Corporation has announced that it is open sourcing the NVIDIA Cg Compiler technology under a nonrestrictive, free license. Available in August for download from the developer.nvidia.com and www.cgshaders.org Web sites, this code will contain the parser that reads the language and creates… (more…)

Borland enhances C++ development tools for Linux

July 24, 2002

Scotts Valley, CA — (press release excerpt) — Borland Software Corporation today announced Borland Kylix 3, the first Rapid Application Development (RAD) solution for C++ and Borland Delphi on the Linux operating system. For the first time, Linux developers can quickly create GUI, database, Web, and Web Services applications in C++, the preferred programming language for the Linux operating… (more…)

Free Linux certification testing at LinuxWorld

July 24, 2002

Toronto, Canada — (press release excerpt) — The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is offering free LPI certification testing at Linuxworld Conference & Expo, August 13-15, Moscone Conference Center, San Francisco. (more…)

Linux E-Book to launch in China

July 24, 2002

Hong Kong — (press release excerpt) — Q-Net Technologies of the United States recently launched their Q-Reader, an electronic reading device for the education market in China. As well as reading capabilities, the multi-function device includes Web connectivity, email, and other PDA features, including support for… (more…)

Tablet PCs are back in style [Linux Journal]

July 24, 2002

Writing at LinuxJournal, John Biggs explains how to make old, cheap tablets work with the latest Mandrake distribution . . . (more…)

IBM and Opera develop ‘Multimodal’ browser

July 24, 2002

San Francisco, CA and Oslo, Norway — (press release excerpt) — IBM and Opera announced that they will jointly develop a multimodal browser based on the XHTML+Voice (X+V) specification. The beta version of the browser, available this fall, can allow access to Web and voice information from a single mobile device. (more…)

Yaghmour: A practical approach to Linux clusters on SMP hardware

July 24, 2002

Karim Yaghmour writes . . .

In continuing my work on the Adeos nanokernel and following many discussions at the OLS, I concentrated on the idea of running multiple Linux kernels in parallel on SMP hardware in order to obtain SMP clusters. What started as a high-level investigation eventually turned out to be an in-depth search for a viable architecture. (more…)

RapidIO Trade Association gains first embedded Linux vendor

July 24, 2002

Sunnyvale, CA — (press release excerpt)– MontaVista Software Inc. today announced its membership in and sponsorship of the RapidIO Trade Association. MontaVista is the first Linux supplier and the first open source vendor to join the 50+ member RapidIO organization, which establishes and promotes RapidIO as an open standard for embedded networking and communications applications. (more…)

Sharp comments on Best Buy’s Zaurus clearance

July 23, 2002

An anonymous reader writes . . .

A representative from Sharp recently responded to an email inquiry regarding Best Buy's apparent discontinuation of the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA. The following response was posted to Usenet, and is quoted below:

Sharp sold a certain number of SL-5500s to Best Buy through our distribution… (more…)