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Archive for May, 2003

Software suite enables speech-assisted mobile apps

May 30, 2003

ScanSoft Inc. announced a suite of software support for developing and deploying “multimodal” applications on smart handsets, tablet PCs, and other wireless devices. Multimodal applications make use of speech recognition and synthesis to overcome the user interface limitations imposed by the small screens and keypads of mobile devices, thereby providing mobile users with a more efficient way to interact… (more…)

Yopy 3700 now shipping?

May 30, 2003

[Updated June 2, 2003] — Rumor has it that the Yopy 3700, announced last October, is now available for shipment. (more…)

Sony EVP comments on Sony’s embedded Linux success

May 30, 2003

A news item from Nikkei Electronics Asia reports on a keynote speech by Sony's corporate executive vice president and Electronics co-CTO, Mario Tokoro, at last week's LinuxWorld Expo in Tokyo. According to the article, Tokoro said most of the key technical issues relating to embedding Linux in electronic devices have now been overcome, and he noted that Sony's embedded Linux software is already… (more…)

Eclipse project unveils Draft 3.0 Plan

May 29, 2003

The Eclipse consortium has posted “Draft 3.0” of its project plan to the Eclipse.org website. The document lays out the feature and API set for the next major release of Eclipse after 2.1, designated release 3.0. The document covers release deliverables, release milestones, target operating environments, compatibility with previous releases, Eclipse Platform subproject, Java development tools (JDT)… (more…)

Linux in robotics

May 29, 2003

This short article at NewsFactor.com takes a brief look at the growing use of Linux in robotics applications. The article explores Intel's new Linux-based robotics platform, Linux vs. Windows CE for robotics applications, the use of RTLinux, the OROCOS (Open Robot Control Software) project, and more. (more…)

ARM7/uClinux kit supports Xilinx CPLD

May 29, 2003

Wiscore Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) announced support for incorporating the Xilinx XC95288XL CPLD into uClinux/ARM7-based embedded systems and devices. The support consists of a “CPLD daughter board” that plugs into the expansion connector of Wiscore's NET-Start! platform, an ARM7/uClinux embedded system development kit. (more…)

SCO/Linux debate grabs center stage at USENIX technical conference

May 29, 2003

A spokesperson for the 2003 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (to be held June 9-14 in San Antonio, TX) announced that the conference will provide the first public forum for the debate on infringement claims by SCO against Linux. (more…)

Linux scores a big win in Munich

May 28, 2003

IBM announced today that the city council of Munich, Germany plans to move 14,000 PCs and 16,000 users from Windows to Linux, in a move to make Linux their standard desktop operating system environment. The City of Munich's decision comes on the heels of reported efforts from Microsoft to win this business, including a visit from executive Steve Ballmer to the Mayor of Munich, as well as press reports of… (more…)

May 2003 snapshot of the Embedded Linux market

May 28, 2003

The results of LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are now in, and they provide an interesting profile of the ascendant embedded Linux software market. This year's online survey was conducted over a three month period — from November 2002 through January 2003 — and had nearly 600 participants, the bulk of whom categorize themselves as embedded system software, hardware, or system… (more…)

CD-set provides hundreds of open source Java programs

May 28, 2003

EJB Solutions announced the release of a commercial 2-CD package which contains over 100 open source projects for Java developers. Out-of-the-Box 2.0 includes a new graphical installer/uninstaller, a built-in comprehensive project knowledge base, automatic dependency management, context-sensitive help, and more, the company said. (more…)

SPECIAL REPORT: Update on SCO-vs.-Linux situation

May 28, 2003

[Updated Jul. 21, 2004] — The bizarre “soap opera” of the SCO Group's attacks on IBM and the entire Linux community continues. In our ongoing efforts to provide potentially pertinent information to our readers, we bring you news of the latest developments . . .

  • IBM goes for SCO jugular in test of GPL validity — (Aug. 17, 2004) — IBM has turned the tables on SCO in… (more…)

Snapshot of the Embedded Linux market – May, 2003

May 28, 2003

The results of LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are now in, and they provide an interesting profile of the ascendant embedded Linux software market. This year's online survey was conducted over a three month period — from November 2002 through January 2003 — and had nearly 600 participants, the bulk of whom categorize themselves as embedded system software, hardware, or… (more…)

A look at some Java performance “urban legends”

May 27, 2003

This online article at IBM's developerWorks website takes a look at some Java performance “urban legends” and sets the record straight. A handy list of resources is also included. From the introduction . . . (more…)

Survey says: POS market growing, Linux interest high

May 27, 2003

Despite poor overall market conditions, shipments of point-of-sale (POS) terminals to Italy, Scandinavia, and the other EMEA (“Europe / Middle East / Africa”) regions increased in 2002, according to a new study by IHL Consulting Group. Additionally, the study found that the total installed base of POS devices had increased 6% year-over-year. (more…)

The case for out-sourcing embedded database software

May 27, 2003

This whitepaper by Steve Graves, president and cofounder of McObject and developer of the eXtremeDB in-memory database system, argues that software development is following in the footsteps of hardware development with respect to the growing use of ready-made components. According to Graves, the use of off-the-shelf embedded software components — having gotten its start with embedded and real-time… (more…)

ARM adds security extension to RISC processor core

May 27, 2003
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ARM Ltd. announced a security extension to the ARM RISC microprocessor architecture. The hardware-based security mechanism, called “TrustZone”, is implemented directly within the processor core and is intended to provide a secure foundation for systems running embedded operating systems such as Linux, PalmOS, Symbian, and Windows CE, and also to complement secure application environments such as Java, the… (more…)

Article: The case for out-sourcing embedded database software

May 27, 2003

The embedded software build-or-buy tradeoff

For embedded systems, the build-or-buy decision is getting pushed down the software component food chain. Embedded systems hardware developers have long embraced commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to shorten development time and reduce development costs. (more…)

LinuxTag to SCO: desist from unfair competitive practices

May 26, 2003

LinuxTag, the organization behind Europe's largest annual convention for Free Software focusing on GNU/Linux, has served notice on SCO Group that their threats against Linux are not without liability to SCO. Among other things, LinuxTag's lawyers point out that by distributing Linux a distribution which SCO Group claims contains SCO proprietary software, it has thereby released its code under the GNU… (more…)

OpenGL ES 1.0 to be released at Siggraph 2003

May 26, 2003

Khronos Group announced today that OpenGL ES 1.0 is expected to be released at Siggraph 2003. OpenGL ES is described as a light-weight, royalty-free API for bringing advanced graphics capabilities to mobile and handheld devices, appliances, and embedded displays. (more…)

Report on the first Linux in Control Workshop

May 26, 2003

The following report on the first Linux in Control Workshop, held earlier this month in Belgium, was kindly submitted by Koen Vervloesem and Herman Bruyninckx. The workshop was launched with the following mission:

The goal of this workshop is to bring together developers and users of all sorts of free and open source software projects related to control in the broad sense. (more…)