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Archive for September, 2002

Toshiba unveils Linux-based home entertainment gateway platform

September 30, 2002

San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today disclosed details of a complete integrated TX49 Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processor-based reference platform for entertainment home gateway applications. Five leading companies joined with TAEC and cooperated in the development of the reference platform: Lineo, Systemonic, Sigma Designs, Vweb,… (more…)

Visualizing data in real-time [ElJonline]

September 30, 2002

In this Linux Journal technical article published at ELJonline, Bruce Johnson explains how real-time data monitors differ from traditional debugging tools and are powerful allies in the process of real-time software development. Johnson writes . . . (more…)

New YOPY Linux PDA adds backlight, memory, and more

September 30, 2002

[Updated 12:00 noon, PDT] YOPY.AT, the St. Poelten, Austria based European distribution partner of the Korean manufacturer G.Mate Inc., today announced a new YOPY Linux PDA model, the YP3500. Compared to the earlier YP3000, the new YP3500 increases Flash memory from 16MB to 32MB, RAM memory from 64MB to… (more…)

ELJonline: Visualizing Data in Real-Time

September 30, 2002

Bruce explains how real-time data monitors differ from traditional debugging tools and are powerful allies in real-time software. (more…)

Article: Are non-GPL loadable Linux drivers really u not /u a problem?

September 28, 2002

This article by Kevin Dankwardt explores the issue of whether non-GPL loadable Linux drivers are really not a problem. While many Linux developers assume that binary-only drivers are acceptable, there are growing technical reasons to avoid them. New features in tools and in the Linux kernel hamper the acceptability of non-GPL loadable modules. (more…)

Are non-GPL loadable Linux drivers really u not /u a problem?

September 27, 2002

This article by Kevin Dankwardt explores the issue of whether non-GPL loadable Linux drivers are really not a problem. While many Linux developers assume that binary-only drivers are acceptable, there are growing technical reasons to avoid them. New features in tools and in the Linux kernel hamper the acceptability of non-GPL loadable modules. (more…)

“World’s largest display” lights Paris skies (and runs Linux)

September 27, 2002

Project Blinkenlights has transformed the Bibliothèque nationale de France (in Paris) into what is claimed to be the world's largest computer screen. The 520 pixel display, called Arcade, consists of a matrix of 20 x 26 of the building's windows — resulting in a giant computer screen having an area… (more…)

RealVNC lives on

September 27, 2002

From the website of RealVNC . . .

RealVNC is a new venture founded and staffed by the original AT&T team who created VNC. The mission of RealVNC is to act as the focal point for open source VNC. We are continuing to improve VNC with our own new features and by evaluating features developed by others in the open source community and incorporating the best of them into the official codebase. (more…)

A comparative analysis of RTLinux and RTAI

September 27, 2002

This technical whitepaper by Ismael Ripoll is intended to provide a detailed comparison between RTLinux and RTAI. Ripoll set out to put together all of the relevant facts about both implementations, in order to assist developers in deciding which approach better fits their specific application's requirements. (more…)

Article: “World’s largest display” lights Paris skies (and runs Linux)

September 27, 2002

In celebration of the Nuit Blanche art festival in Paris, Project Blinkenlights has transformed Tower T2 of the Bibliothèque nationale de France into what is claimed to be the world's largest computer screen. The 520 pixel display, called Arcade, consists of a matrix of 20 x 26 of the building's windows — resulting in a giant computer screen having an area of 3370 square meters. (more…)

VxWorks to Embedded Linux: a success story [ELJonline]

September 26, 2002

In this article from Linux Journal, Andreu Moreno and Agusté Fontquerni chronicle their success in switching a student lab on industrial embedded system development from VxWorks to Linux. The authors created a customized embedded Linux distribution starting from Red Hat 6.2, with the addition of a range of open source software components and tools such as Busybox, TinyLogin, Etherboot, Boa, etc. (more…)

Networking software provider nets $12.5M funding

September 26, 2002

Cary, NC and San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — LVL7 Systems announced today that it has secured $12.5 million in an oversubscribed, Series B funding round. LVL7 previously received $10 million in seed, private, and strategic investments. LVL7 provides integrated networking software products for the Ethernet TCP/IP marketplace. (more…)

Tutorial on Linux wireless networking [IBM developerWorks]

September 26, 2002

You say you prefer to work in Linux? All the better — and it doesn't mean you have to be left out of the freedom wireless computing brings you. Systems administrator and book author Tom Syroid teaches you how to configure a wireless network card under Linux. Upon completion of this tutorial at IBM's developerWorks website, you'll know how to set up a Linux laptop for wireless transmission using Gentoo… (more…)

ELJonline: VxWorks to Embedded Linux — a success story

September 26, 2002

Switching a student lab from VxWorks to Linux to teach embedded systems and development.

The recent introduction of Linux into the embedded sector has been one of the most exciting changes in the last few years. Based on the open-source model, it offers new possibilities to embedded engineers traditionally used to commercial operating systems. (more…)

Article: A comparative analysis of RTLinux and RTAI

September 26, 2002

This technical whitepaper by Ismael Ripoll is intended to provide a detailed comparison between RTLinux and RTAI. Ripoll set out to put together all of the relevant facts about both implementations, in order to assist developers in deciding which approach better fits their specific application's requirements. (more…)

Qtopia 1.6 beta snapshots available

September 26, 2002

Here is a brief note from a LinuxDevices.com reader regarding the status of Qtopia 1.6 . . .

Trolltech is now posting Qtopia 1.6 snapshots (betas), on their FTP site. The Qtopia roadmap explains the relationship between Qtopia 1.5, 1.6, and the forthcoming Qtopia 2.0. (more…)

Embedded Linux enables ‘1st Internet-connected GPS receiver’

September 25, 2002

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — Thales Navigation today announced the industry's first direct Internet-connected GPS receiver, the Thales Navigation Internet-Enabled Continuous Geodetic Reference Station (iCGRS) System. The system features an embedded PC running Linux. (more…)

Multidimensional data clustering for Linux, UNIX, and Windows

September 25, 2002

IBM has published an interview with IBM's expert Matt Huras on DB2. He shares a sneak preview of the new release of DB2 version 8 and its technical highlights, including it's high-availability features, improved administration tools, performance advice, and multidimensional clustering, which allows data to be clustered according to several different 'dimensions' simultaneously. (more…)

Apple open-sources Rendezvous device discovery/connection technology

September 25, 2002

Cupertino, CA — (press release excerpt) — Apple today announced it is 'open sourcing' the code for its innovative new Rendezvous networking technology. Rendezvous, based on open Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standard Protocols such as IP, ARP and DNS, uses industry standard networking protocols and zero configuration… (more…)

uClinux: World’s most popular embedded Linux distro?

September 24, 2002

This guest column by John Drabik reviews the purpose, history, current status, accomplishments, and future plans of uClinux, a Linux variant that has been optimized for embedded systems and devices having tightly constrained processor and memory resources. The article puts forward the notion that uClinux may well represent the world's first, most mature, and most commercially successful Embedded Linux… (more…)