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Archive for November, 2003

Hot Topic reading list: Mono and DotGNU

November 20, 2003

The Mono and DotGNU projects are Open Source projects that, after several years of development, are beginning to bear fruit. Mono aims to create an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET application frameworks and services. (more…)

Mono Project publishes two-year roadmap

November 20, 2003

Novell has released a roadmap for the Mono project, a community initiative to develop an open source version of Microsoft's .NET development platform. The roadmap specifies project milestones over the next two years. Also available is a discussion-level “Mono Hacking Roadmap” from Mono project originator Miguel de Icaza. (more…)

HOT TOPIC: Mono and DotGNU

November 20, 2003

The Mono and DotGNU projects are Open Source projects that, after several years of development, are beginning to bear fruit. Mono aims to create an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET application frameworks and services. (more…)

PC/104 consortium announces design contest judges

November 19, 2003

The PC/104 Embedded Consortium announced the judges for its 2004 Design Awards. “The line up includes Rick Lehrbaum, executive editor of DeviceForge.com and acclaimed father of PC/104, and five other notables well known to embedded designers worldwide,” the Consortium said. (more…)

Sharp launches “Enterprise” Zaurus to boldly go… anywhere

November 19, 2003

Sharp plans to ship its Linux-based Zaurus SL-6000 PDA early in 2004, supported by IBM middleware and Sprint wireless services for connecting with enterprise apps from most anywhere. (more…)

Free beer… mug? Study probes embedded Linux process

November 19, 2003

LinuxDevices.com readers are invited to participate in a research project being conducted jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Munich (LMU). The non-commercial survey examines the embedded Linux development process from a different angle than typical market research…. (more…)

Article: Servo motors, Linux/RTAI and other fun stuff

November 19, 2003

In last month's article, I had explored the problems associated with writing timing sensitive code under Linux and looked at how RTAI solves them in an elegant manner. (more…)

Basic concepts of real-time operating systems

November 18, 2003

This article by veteran real-time trainer David Kalinsky provides an introduction to real-time operating system (RTOS) kernel services. The paper is of particular interest to developers new to real-time concepts and vocabulary. (more…)

Next-gen computer-on-module spec flies PCI Express

November 18, 2003

Kontron unveiled a proposal for a next generation, small form-factor, embedded computer-on-module (COM) standard at a press conference in Munich, today. The new COM spec — called ETXexpress — evolved from the earlier ETX standard, which was developed by Kontron. (more…)

Linux device driver course offered in San Jose

November 18, 2003

K Computing will present a course on “Linux Device Driver Development” in San Jose, Calif. from Jan. 19-23, 2004. The course will cover how device drivers work with the Linux kernel, how to compile and load drivers, driver debugging, PCI/ISA hardware access, and more, with both 2.4- and 2.6-series kernels. (more…)

New services address “from source” embedded Linux development

November 18, 2003

Opersys has launched an integrated set of services intended to enable developers to build embedded Linux systems straight from source without having to purchase any third-party packages or tools. These services include training, support, professional services, and mentoring. (more…)

Roadmap for developers migrating from Windows to Linux

November 18, 2003

IBM's developerWorks Website has published a nine-part article series by IBM e-business architect Chris Walden for developers migrating from Windows to Linux. “A roadmap for developers making the transition to Linux” presents a jumplist of relatively gentle technical articles explaining how Windows skills translate to the Linux universe. (more…)

froglogic Releases Automated Qt GUI Testing Tool Squish 1.0

November 18, 2003

Froglogic is now shipping Squish 1.0, a professional cross platform automated GUI testing framework for applications written using Trolltech's Qt GUI toolkit. According to Froglogic, Squish enables automated testing of existing Qt applications without any modifications to the application under test (AUT). (more…)

Servo motors, Linux/RTAI, and other fun stuff

November 18, 2003

This detailed technical article by Pramode C.E. describes a simple application developed by Pramode's students using the Real-Time Application Interface (RTAI), a platform for developing real-time applications with Linux. (more…)

Article: Basic concepts of real-time operating systems

November 18, 2003

The fundamentals

To most people, embedded systems are not recognizable as computers. Instead, they are hidden inside everyday objects that surround us and help us in our lives. Embedded systems typically do not interface with the outside world through familiar personal computer interface devices such as a mouse, keyboard and graphic user interface. (more…)

TimeSys announces new worldwide sales exec

November 17, 2003

Albert McCabe has joined TimeSys as VP of worldwide sales. McCabe is tasked with growing the distribution channel for TimeSys's embedded Linux development tools. Most recently, McCabe served as executive VP of sales and marketing with Accelent Systems, a provider of embedded platforms and services focused primarily on Windows CE. (more…)

Java VM for Linux devices supports MMU-less, headless apps

November 17, 2003

/k/ Embedded Java Solutions (pronounced “kah”) has released “Mika,” a new Java virtual machine (VM) and runtime environment that enables Java programs to run on embedded systems including ones with no graphical display (“headless” systems) and MMU-less architectures such as ARM7TDMI. (more…)

DragonBall i.MX1/i.MXL “virtual platform” supports embedded Linux

November 17, 2003

Virtio Corp. is now shipping a software tool that emulates Motorola's i.MX1/i.MXL application development board. The “virtual platform” can be used for developing applications, middleware, operating systems, and device drivers based on the Motorola i.MX1 and i.MXL “Dragonball” processors, targeting smartphones and wireless handhelds, according to Virtio, and targets Linux as well as several other embedded… (more…)

FSMLabs forges embedded Linux alliance in China

November 17, 2003

Real-time Linux specialist FSMLabs has signed a partnership agreement with Red Flag Software, the premier Linux development and support company in China. FSMLabs says Red Flag will sell and support RTLinuxPro and other of its hard real-time software products, and the two companies will collaborate on embedded Linux support and development. (more…)

Security-oriented Linux distro wins “Best Firewall” award

November 14, 2003

A security-oriented Linux distribution useful for generating firewall appliances and devices has won “Best Firewall” in a Readers' Choice award sponsored by the German publication Linux Enterprise. Astaro is a commercial distribution based on open source software that installs from a CD to turn a PC into a self-updating “software appliance” that provides a firewall, VPN, content filtering,… (more…)