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Archive for October, 2002

Advanced filesystem implementor’s guide, Part 12 [developerWorks]

October 31, 2002

In this article at IBM's developerWorks website, Daniel Robbins (President/CEO, Gentoo Technologies Inc.) introduces the Enterprise Volume Management System (EVMS) filesystem for Linux. Robbins explains what EVMS is, why it is so desperately needed, and why it will very likely transform the way storage is managed on Linux systems. (more…)

Opera browser 6.1 released for Linux

October 31, 2002

Oslo — Opera Software today released Opera 6.1 for Linux for Intel and PowerPC users. The PowerPC version is the first released on this platform since the tentative Opera 5 for Linux Beta in May 2001. (more…) celebrates 3rd birthday

October 31, 2002

On the occasion of the third birthday of, site founder and executive editor Rick Lehrbaum provides a brief perspective on the Embedded Linux market…. (more…)

OpenZaurus 3.0 released

October 31, 2002

An announcement from Chris Larson of the OpenZaurus project . . .

Greetings all,

I hereby announce the release of OpenZaurus 3.0, the highly anticipated new release of the alternative Linux distribution for the Sharp Zaurus SL5000d and SL5500[g] PDAs. OpenZaurus is now a debian based embedded distribution built from source, from the ground up. (more…)

Firewire on the rise

October 30, 2002

Dallas — Hoping to accelerate adoption of Firewire, the 1394 trade association has issued a statement crowing that the adoption of “the [use of] IEEE-1394/FireWire multimedia bus is accelerating, with almost 130 new announcements from mid-summer through late October.” (more…)

Media server supports Linux-based SIP telephony clients

October 30, 2002

Berlin — (press release excerpt) — snom technology today released its latest component of the snom 4S SIP soft switch: the media server. The media server offers mailbox, auto attendant, conferencing, music on hold, error-explanation and other media related services to SIP clients. (more…)

MITRE report on use of Free and Open-Source Software by the U.S. Dept. of Defense

October 30, 2002

Mitre Corp. has published a study entitled Use of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) in the U.S. Department of Defense. The study was commissioned by the U.S. government, according to The Register (see first reference, below). (more…)

3D game engine to support Linux-based mobile devices

October 30, 2002

San Jose, CA and Helsinki, Finland — (press release excerpt) — Fathammer today announced the commercial launch and availability of the X-Forge 3D Game Engine for mobile devices, which provides game developers the ability to deliver high frame rate, console-quality 3D games with low memory footprint on a wide variety of wireless PDAs, Smartphones, and handheld game devices. (more…)

Update on the Embedded Linux Market (Oct. 2002)

October 30, 2002

A message from founder, Rick Lehrbaum, on the occasion of the third birthday of . . . (more…)

Helix DNA digital media client source code now available

October 29, 2002

RealNetworks Inc. today announced that Helix DNA Client source code is now available to developers in the Helix Community. The core engine powering the award-winning RealOne Player, the Helix DNA Client, is now available for software developers, consumer electronics companies, and mobile phone manufacturers to use in building their own digital media applications and products. (more…)

Ballot on IEEE P1003.13 POSIX Realtime and Embedded Application Support

October 29, 2002

The IEEE is revising its profile standards for IEEE P1003.13 POSIX Realtime and Embedded Application Support. Here is the invitation to ballot . . . (more…)

DirectFB 0.9.14 released

October 29, 2002

An announcement from the DirectFB project . . .

A new development version of DirectFB has been released today. This is the first version of this graphics library that offers the ability to run DirectFB applications on SDL instead of the Linux frame buffer device. This makes it possible to use DirectFB on BSD and allows developers to integrate DirectFB application development into their X11… (more…)

Text-to-speech solution voice-enables Embedded Linux apps

October 29, 2002

Salt Lake City — (press release excerpt) — Fonix Corp. today announced the availability of a Linux version of Fonix DECtalk, “the world's most intelligible text-to-speech solution” for embedded device applications. The new Linux support will be especially useful for application providers developing screen readers and other reading aids for the visually challenged on the Linux platform. (more…)

Linux, Windows neck-and-neck in embedded

October 29, 2002

According to data recently compiled by Evans Data Corp (EDC), Linux and Windows are running neck-and-neck in terms of developer use for future projects. The newest installment of EDC's Embedded Systems Developer Survey, fielded in July 2002, shows 30.2% of embedded developers expect to use Linux in their next embedded project, while 16.2% say they will use Windows CE and another 14.4% say they will… (more…)

Wi-Fi wireless poised to take off

October 29, 2002

Scottsdale, AZ — (press release excerpt) — As the wireless home networking space evolves to one which involves the wireless connection of the PC cluster of devices (broadband modem, router/AP device, desktops, laptops, PDAs, web tablets) to the entertainment cluster of devices (audio and visual equipment such as TVs, DVD players, MP3 players, gaming devices and home theater devices such as high-end… (more…)

Transmeta and MontaVista target Linux-based consumer devices

October 29, 2002

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — Transmeta Corp. today announced a collaboration with MontaVista Software Inc. to enable customers of both companies to bring Linux-based consumer electronics products to market more quickly and cost-effectively. (more…)

Device Profile: CorAccess home management appliances

October 28, 2002

This 'device profile' introduces a pair of home appliances which contain Linux as their embedded operating systems. (more…)

Broadcom unveils ‘smallest’ Bluetooth receiver chip

October 28, 2002

Irvine, CA — (press release excerpt) — Broadcom Corp. today announced availability of a new single-chip Bluetooth device that features the industry's best radio performance and smallest chip package. The Broadcom Blutonium BCM2035 achieves greater radio sensitivity than any other Bluetooth radio on the market, increasing the effective range over which Bluetooth-enabled equipment can wirelessly share… (more…)

Realfeel test of the preemptible kernel patch [Linux Journal]

October 28, 2002

In this online article at, Andrew Webber takes another look at how preemption affects worst-case latencies. Webber writes . . . (more…)

TV Linux Alliance releases first spec (vers. 0.8)

October 28, 2002

Austin, TX — (press release excerpt) — The TV Linux Alliance today announced the availability of its specification version 0.8. The TV Linux Alliance is a consortium of digital media technology suppliers established to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market. (more…)