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Archive for June, 2003

PowerPC printer controller SOC comes with Linux BSP

June 30, 2003

Motorola unveiled a new system-on-chip processor for imaging applications today, aimed at the highly cost-sensitive “100 million unit per year” printer/copier market. The MPC8220i is based on a dual-processor design that combines a PowerPC 603 microprocessor core along with a PF300 image coprocessor that accelerates color and monochrome imaging processing. (more…)

“Access device” eval board gains MontaVista Linux support

June 30, 2003

MontaVista Software has added support for the IDT (Integrated Device Technology) 79EB438 evaluation board to MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0, according to an announcement today by the two companies. The 79EB438 eval board is based on IDT's RC32438 Interprise communications processor, which targets networking and access device applications such as switches, gateways, wireless access points… (more…)

Motorola software unit aims Linux at mobile device market

June 30, 2003

[Updated July 1, 2003] — Motorola software tools subsidiary Metrowerks today rolled out “OpenPDA,” a family of software components, development tools, and related services for Linux-based mobile devices. According to Metrowerks, OpenPDA provides a complete, “pre-integrated” software stack for mobile devices such as PDAs and smart handhelds, and is based on a combination of open source and… (more…)

Grid computing: What are the key components?

June 29, 2003

Grid computing is gaining a lot of attention within the IT industry. Although it has been used within the academic and scientific community for some time, standards, enabling technologies, toolkits, and products are becoming available that allow businesses to use and reap the advantages of Grid computing. (more…)

Hitachi H8 processor gains uClinux support

June 27, 2003

SnapGear Inc. announced the integration of support for the Hitachi H8 300S processor into the open source uClinux distribution. The project was undertaken “at the instigation of Hitachi, in order to support intended developments in the mobile security market,” said SnapGear. (more…)

Mono (open source version of .NET) project releases version 0.25

June 27, 2003

The Mono project announced yesterday that a new release of the Mono run-time and SDKm, version 0.25, is now available for download. From the release notes . . .

This is a delicious release of Mono: so many new things have been improved, implemented, fixed, and tuned from the last release that it is hard to not be excited about it. (more…)

Jaluna releases embedded, real-time Linux OS family

June 27, 2003

Jaluna SA today announced the availability of a family of three Linux-based operating systems aimed at builders of telecom and network infrastructure equipment. The three products include: Jaluna-2/EL, an embedded Linux OS; Jaluna-2/RT, a real-time OS based on a combination of Linux plus a microkernel; Jaluna-2/VL, a real-time multi-OS software platform based on the combination of several instances of… (more…)

Seven technical articles from IBM — Linux, Java, Wi-Fi, grid apps, and more

June 26, 2003

IBM has published the following seven technical articles and tutorials on its developerWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .

  • Emulate legacy operating systems on Linux — This (more…) review of the Zaurus SL-5600

June 25, 2003

In an earlier review of Sharp's original Zaurus developer model (the SL-5000) at, Thomas Brady commented that “Linux makes the Zaurus a flexible, powerful handheld that is extremely developer friendly,” but noted that “when it comes to serving as a mission critical PIM-vehicle, though, the Zaurus is lackluster,” “the PIM… (more…)

HP showcases its Linux cluster initiatives and products

June 25, 2003

HP is showcasing its Linux cluster initiatives and products at the ClusterWorld conference this week in San Jose, CA. (more…)

Linux to run “fastest supercomputer in U.S.”

June 24, 2003

SuSE Linux announced that Cray Inc. has selected its Linux distribution to drive “key aspects” of the U.S. Department of Energy's new massively parallel processing (MPP) supercomputer called Red Storm, which will be installed at Sandia National Laboratories. When completed, Red Storm will be the fastest supercomputer in the U.S., SuSE and Cray said. (more…)

Global project aims to reinvent Internet applications and services

June 24, 2003

Intel Corp. announced today that Intel, HP, the Univ. of Calif. (Berkeley campus), Princeton, the Univ. of Wash., and more than sixty other universities have formed a “global test bed” for inventing and testing prototype Internet applications and services. The aim of the project, called PlanetLab, is “to spark a new era of innovation by using 'overlay' networks to upgrade and expand the Internet's… (more…)

Linux Router Project throws in the towel

June 24, 2003

Dave Cinege, leader of the famed Linux Router Project (LRP) has proclaimed that “the operating system that helped to create the embedded Linux marketplace, the Linux Router Project, is dead.” Cinege, who describes himself as a semi-retired computer engineer, said he has become resigned to the reality that he will never be able to develop LRP into the operating system he felt it could have been. (more…)

Free Software and High-Power Rocketry

June 23, 2003

This article from the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) describes the use of free software and open hardware to develop amateur-built medium-sized sub-orbital rockets capable of launching “nanosatellites” (satellites weighing less than 10 kg) into orbit. In examining the requirements of a navigational system that could guide the rocket along an orbital trajectory, PSAS concluded that the necessary… (more…)

Torvalds interview probes OSDL, SCO topics

June 23, 2003

In a short but interesting interview with Linux originator Linus Torvalds, eWEEK questions Torvalds' expectations in two areas: (1) the expected impact on Linux kernel development due to his new role as the Open Source Development Lab's first full-time “fellow”; and (2) his thoughts on — and reactions to — SCO's attack on Linux (and IBM). (more…)

LynuxWorks offers embedded market an antidote to SCO attack on Linux

June 23, 2003

LynuxWorks issued a statement today regarding SCO's claim that Linux contains code that infringes on its UNIX intellectual property rights. (more…)

Linux-based STB boasts 1st DVD-quality video over Wi-Fi

June 23, 2003

PRISMIQ announced the release of 802.11a/g Wi-Fi support for its Linux-based set-top “entertainment gateway”. According to PRISMIQ, the 54 Mbps bandwidth available with 802.11g allows users of its “MediaPlayer” to stream high quality video files from… (more…)

Microsoft rolls out (newly renamed) Pocket PC 2003, new branding

June 23, 2003

[Updated Jun. 26. 2003] — While this obviously is not an Embedded Linux news item, it's useful to keep an eye on “the competition.” Microsoft's mobile devices group had a busy day Monday, unveiling new software and a new Windows brand. In conjunction with the release of the latest version of Pocket PC, which was expected to be called “Pocket PC 2003,” Microsoft unveiled a new branding… (more…)

Article: Free Software and High-Power Rocketry

June 23, 2003


The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a small, low-budget amateur aerospace group. PSAS is currently developing medium-sized sub-orbital rockets with the eventual goal of inserting nanosatellites (satellites that weigh less than 10 kg) into orbit. Because achieving orbit requires a navigation system able to guide the rocket along an orbital trajectory, PSAS is pioneering an… (more…)

Essay about a visit to SCO

June 20, 2003

This lengthy essay at Linux Journal describes Ian Lance Taylor's recent visit to SCO to discuss their claim that Linux infringes on its intellectual property rights. Though he can't give specifics, Taylor got to see a portion of the UNIX code SCO claims found its way into Linux — and he wasn't impressed. (more…)