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Archive for November, 2003

Linux lab raises awareness of kernel development process

November 27, 2003

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) announced a new initiative today aimed at raising awareness about how the Linux kernel is developed. With the highly-anticipated release of the final Linux 2.6 production kernel due shortly, OSDL is taking a series of steps to increase customer confidence in using Linux, the group said. (more…)

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Software guru releases open source “desktop (and palmtop) roadmap”

November 26, 2003

Jim Gettys has released a roadmap for the open source desktop and palmtop. The roadmap is an attempt to create a “sketch of the names and relationships of these technologies and projects, and a glimpse into their status and development,” according to Gettys. (more…)

15 from IBM: wireless, Eclipse, Java, grids, Linux, …

November 26, 2003

IBM has published the following fifteen technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks and alphaWorks Websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. (more…)

StarOffice 7 — the best and worst of Office

November 26, 2003

LinuxDevices.com editor Henry Kingman receives quite a few Microsoft files, even from Linux companies. To end run around the data, Kingman suggests Sun's StarOffice 7 as an option. The best thing about StarOffice, says Kingman, is “that it's virtually a clone of Microsoft Office, the defacto standard business software today. (more…)

SPECIAL REPORT: Eclipse consortium turns two

November 26, 2003

The Eclipse consortium celebrates its second anniversary this month, and is releasing milestone builds of the third version of its universal platform for tools integration. The Eclipse platform has been downloaded over 18,000 times, and in two short years has spawned an entire “ecosystem” of users and vendors. (more…)

Free software legal expert belittles SCO “shysters”

November 25, 2003

Eben Moglen, General Counselor for the Free Software Foundation, has issued his second statement concerning the recent SCO lawsuits. The statement comprises an entertaining and accessible (for a legal document) summary of SCO's failure to provide either factual or legal support for its lawsuit against IBM alleging copyright infringements. (more…)

Lineo joins ARM Connected Community

November 25, 2003

Lineo Solutions (Japan) has joined the ARM Connected Community (ACC) and will market its embedded Linux development tools and board support packages (BSPs) to manufacturers that develop products based on ARM cores. The ACC now counts over 250 members. (more…)

MontaVista leagues with Renesas on Linux mobiles

November 25, 2003

MontaVista Software has joined the Super-SH Consortium and will work with Renesas on OEM reference designs that use Renesas's SH-Mobile-V processors and run MontaVista's Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) embedded Linux distribution. (more…)

Phoenix unveils next-gen BIOS firmware roadmap

November 25, 2003

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. unveiled a vision and roadmap for a next generation of system BIOS firmware that the company calls “core system software” today, at its Strategy 2004 conference. As defined by Phoenix, CSS is a new category of core system firmware that transcends the boundaries of traditional BIOSes and delivers “extensible firmware that provides the critical foundation of trust, manageability,… (more…)

Multimedia standards consortium gains members, embedded momentum

November 25, 2003

The Khronos Group announced that LSI Logic, Toshiba, and XCE have joined as Contributing Members, bringing its membership tally to 40 companies. The group, founded in Jan. 2000, focuses on developing and deploying standard APIs for authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. (more…)

SCO: Without Fear and Without Research

November 25, 2003

Eben Moglen, General Counselor for the Free Software Foundation, has issued his second statement concerning the recent SCO lawsuits. The statement comprises an entertaining and accessible (for a legal document) summary of SCO's failure to provide either factual or legal support for its lawsuit against IBM alleging copyright infringements. (more…)

ESC combined with major system design show, set for Mar. 29 – Apr. 1, 2004, in SF

November 24, 2003

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) will be combined with the electronicaUSA system design show and several other industry conferences in 2004. It will take place Mar. 29 – Apr. 1, 2004 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Organizers expect 18,000 attendees, 300 sessions, 500 exhibitors, and international pavilions for China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and Germany. (more…)

Tool debugs C/C++, Java concurrently

November 24, 2003

A new debugging tool for users of the Java Native Interface (JNI) on x86 Linux or Sun Solaris enables concurrent debugging of mixed Java and C/C++ code. The tool comes with its own C/C++ debugger and integrates with the Java debuggers in several popular Java development tools. (more…)

RTOS abstraction API adds Linux support

November 24, 2003

MapuSoft Technologies has added support for embedded Linux to its “OS Changer” line of compatibility wrappers for running legacy RTOS applications on targets other than that for which they were written. The new release also brings the option of purchasing OS Changer with an “abstraction” API that enables programmers to write new code that can be compiled to run on several different RTOSes. (more…)

Korean sports fans bet on embedded Linux

November 21, 2003

Linux is being used as the embedded operating system platform for lottery terminals located at thousands of sporting arenas throughout Korea. The devices, called “Toto,” leverage commodity hardware, open source technology such as X and Java, and, in recent models, Sangoma WAN cards to produce unobtrusive,… (more…)

An approach to solving the “device driver crisis”

November 21, 2003

This whitepaper describes an approach to solving the “device driver crisis” that plagues both the embedded and non-embedded computer system markets. SciTech, the developer of the “System Neutral Access Protocol” device driver architecture (“SNAP”), says the SNAP approach to device driver development is radically different from traditional methods, and can drastically reduce the complexity of OS- and… (more…)

Report plots emerging global telematics market

November 21, 2003

ABI's newest OEM telematics report: “The Digital Car: OEM Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities In Global Consumer Telematics,” delineates global OEM efforts to drive a new generation of telematics services and applications, and gives recommendations on how new opportunities may be exploited to benefit all members of the telematics value chain. (more…)

Device profile: Toto networked betting terminals

November 21, 2003

Linux is being used as the embedded operating system platform for lottery terminals located at thousands of sporting arenas throughout Korea. The devices, called “Toto,” leverage commodity hardware, open source technology such as X and Java, and, in recent models, Sangoma WAN cards to produce unobtrusive, inexpensive, and reliable gaming terminals. (more…)

Article: An approach to solving the “device driver crisis”

November 21, 2003

Foreword: This whitepaper describes an approach to solving the “device driver crisis” that plagues both the embedded and non-embedded computer system markets. SciTech claims its System Neutral Access Protocol (“SNAP”) device driver architecture, the result of over a decade of research and development, represents a new paradigm for device driver development that is radically different from… (more…)

uClinux development kit boasts WiFi, CompactFlash support

November 20, 2003

Embedded Solutions and FS Forth say they have introduced a developer's kit that supports Wifi wireless networking and data storage using CF cards, running under the LxNETES uCLinux distribution. (more…)