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Archive for December, 2003

VPN router project nears initial release

December 29, 2003

A new open source project aims to build a VPN router that supports all major routing protocols on a standardized hardware platform running embedded Linux. The “Linux Router Project – LR101” started in mid-2003 and plans a first release in January 2004. (more…)

In-memory database targets smartphones, PDAs

December 29, 2003

FirstSQL has released an “Embedded Mobile” (EM) version of its FirstSQL/J Java database with support for Metrowerks Linux. FirstSQL's EM is a small-footprint, high performance in-memory ORDBMS (object-relational database management system) targeting advanced data-centric enterprise applications on J2ME-based mobile, wireless, and embedded devices. (more…)

CELF CELinux source tree available for use, comments, contributions

December 23, 2003

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) quietly made its first baseline Linux source code release on Nov. 24, 2003, marking the consortium's first steps towards fulfilling its charter to make Linux more useful in consumer electronics devices. (more…)

“Transition service” responds to Red Hat Linux support discontinuation

December 22, 2003

Progeny Linux announced the launch of a subscription-based transition service for former Red Hat Linux subscribers, beginning January 1, 2004, to fill the void as Red Hat discontinues support for its older distributions. (more…)

Free trial SDK for mobile browser has many embedded Linux options

December 22, 2003

Access is offering free downloads of the trial version of its NetFront v3.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Linux. The Qtopia/Qt/Embedded package is available now, with the GTK package to follow in early January, 2004. The commercial version of the SDK for Linux will ship at the end of December, according to Access. (more…)

Small business mail server/router runs embedded Linux

December 22, 2003

Internet appliance and industrial computer manufacturer ICP Electronics Inc. (IEI) has launched a sub-$1,000 web mail server, router, and firewall based on embedded Linux and targeting the small business market. (more…)

14 industrial embedded Linux case studies

December 19, 2003

This article presents a collection of papers and presentations on the use of embedded Linux in the “real world” that was assembled by the Industrial Embedded Systems (INES) organization, a project to promote the adoption of Open Source software funded by the European Union. (more…)

Ruggedized SBC line gains embedded Linux BSPs

December 19, 2003
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Octagon Systems has launched a family of embedded operating system board support package (BSP) kits for its ruggedized, single-board computers (SBCs). Operating systems currently supported with the OS Embedder kits include Linux, Windows CE .NET, Windows XP Embedded, QNX, and DOS. (more…)

14 case studies: Linux in industrial embedded systems

December 19, 2003

Industrial Embedded Systems (INES), a project to promote the adoption of Open Source software funded by the European Union (EU), has begun publishing a collection of papers and presentations on the use of embedded Linux in the “real world.” (more…)

The perfect Linux PDA?

December 18, 2003

This guest editorial by Benjamin Meyer comprises a very brief introduction followed by a long list of features and considerations that Meyer believes should go into creating the “perfect Linux PDA”. The editorial covers everything from desired hardware features to specific applications that ought to be included. (more…)

Industry comments on Linux kernel 2.6.0 release

December 18, 2003

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) released the following comments from some of its leading members showing support for the new Linux 2.6.0 kernel release:

  • Computer Associates — “Computer Associates fully supports the 2.6 Kernel and its general… (more…)

Kernel 2.6.0 takes wing: “Linux for everyone”

December 18, 2003

Updated 10:00 am PST — The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced that Linus Torvalds and production kernel maintainer Andrew Morton have released the 2.6 Linux production kernel. (more…)

Guest editorial: the perfect Linux PDA

December 18, 2003

Here is a list of things to do to make a truly successful Linux PDA. This is a list that I have been putting together in my free time the last few years as I have been interacting with this growing field. Some ideas you may like, some you may disagree with. A few ideas you might not have known about, and many that you probably could list yourself. (more…)

Digital media adapter and residential gateway design boasts UPnP, 802.11g

December 17, 2003

Embedded Linux provider RedSonic and Ethernet device manufacturer Micrel have completed a reference design for an 802.11g wireless Digital Media Adapter (DMA) gateway that is available for licensing by device manufacturers. The DMA is designed for playback of digital media on a TV or stereo system. (more…)

GNUStep clone delivers fat binaries for Zaurus, OS X

December 17, 2003

A GNUStep clone, “mySTEP”, has been released for the Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA, according to several NetNews posts, along with a runtime environment for the Zaurus called “myPDA” and a GCC cross compiler hosted on Mac OS X 10.3. (more…)

MontaVista emphasizes strategic partnerships with new BizDev VP

December 17, 2003

MontaVista Software has appointed a new VP of Business Development, who will be responsible for further expanding and strengthening relationships with key strategic partners worldwide. The company claims that much of its success has derived from its focus on strategic partnerships with semiconductor, software application, middleware, and systems integration companies. (more…)

Linux-based signal and image processing servers double power

December 17, 2003

Sky Computers, a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation, today announced two new products that extend its Smartpac family of Linux-based systems, which it says are ideal for data-intensive signal and image processing applications in markets such as military/defense, industrial inspection, healthcare, homeland security, and… (more…)

Video processor supports new USB Video Class spec

December 17, 2003

Vista Imaging announced that its “digital imaging engine” processor family now supports the USB Video Class specification, a standard for use by operating system vendors and hardware manufacturers implementing USB video streaming devices. (more…)

“Fully channelized” T3 card boasts Linux support

December 17, 2003

OEM communications hardware provider SBE Inc. will begin taking orders in January for a fully channelized T3 wide area networking (WAN) adapter card capable of terminating 672 HDLC channels, which is delivered with drivers for both Red Hat and TimeSys Linux. (more…)

Mini-ITX P4M motherboard soars to 1700MHz and beyond

December 17, 2003

Taiwanese industrial computer board supplier Commell has pushed the speed envelope for the compact Mini-ITX mini motherboard form-factor, with the release of its lastest Mini-ITX board that supports Intel's mobile Pentium 4 processors at clock rates in excess of 1700 MHz. (more…)