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Archive for November, 2004

Whitepaper weighs advantages, challenges of Linux in POS

November 30, 2004

This whitepaper from a senior developer with Squirrel Systems discusses how Squirrel used Linux in its highly successful POS (point-of-sales/service) system. It focuses on the advantages and challenges of choosing embedded Linux, and may be of interest to other companies considering embedded Linux. (more…)

LinuxWorld Boston 2005 announces keynote speakers

November 30, 2004

LinuxWorld East, set for February 14-17 this year in Boston, has announced its lineup of keynote speakers. Speakers include representatives of Novell, HP, Computer Associates (CA), Attitude LLC, and MySQL AB. (more…)

Mobile Linux devices gain OTA upgrade support

November 30, 2004

InnoPath has added support for Linux handsets to its commercial over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrade product for handset manufacturers and service providers. The company calls Linux “an increasingly popular embedded open-source operating system among leading handset manufacturers in Asia.” (more…)

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Migration kit gives VxWorks users an exit strategy to Linux

November 30, 2004

FSMLabs is shipping a migration kit for real-time systems developers facing the announced obsolescence of VxWorks 5.0, or using even older, unsupported versions of the proprietary RTOS (real-time operating system). The cleverly named “VxIT” kit supports 250 legacy APIs, FSMLabs says, enabling real-time VxWorks applications to port easily to RTLinux. (more…)

Rugged VMEbus SBCs gain 2.6-based Linux dev kits

November 30, 2004

TimeSys is shipping embedded Linux 2.6 Development Kits (LDKs) for two rugged VMEbus SBCs (single-board computers) from Curtis-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC). The SBCs target military and aerospace applications such as tactical aircraft and armored vehicles with radar, sonar, and signal intelligence. (more…)

Embedded Linux advantages — and challenges — in a retail POS system

November 30, 2004

This whitepaper from a senior developer with Squirrel Systems discusses how Squirrel used Linux in its highly successful POS (point-of-sales/service) system. It focuses on the advantages and challenges of choosing embedded Linux, and may be of interest to other companies considering embedded Linux. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

Wind River exec departs for virtual platform startup

November 29, 2004

Former Wind River executive Michel Genard has left the company for a marketing position at Jaluna. Jaluna has also hired veteran executive Manuel Montalban to lead its sales team, as part of a broad effort to increase marketing behind its virtual platform technology. (more…)

Euro embedded Linux adds Japanese VAR

November 29, 2004

A German vendor claiming to have the best-selling embedded Linux distribution in Europe has signed up a VAR (value-added reseller) in Japan. Four Link Systems will support Sysgo's ELinOS with a full line of services, including local support, training, and custom development. (more…)

GHS swallows bitter Linux pill

November 29, 2004

< !-1 ->An outspoken open source detractor has paid Linux a back-handed compliment. Green Hills Software (GHS), known for diatribes against Linux in military/aerospace applications, is shipping “Padded Cell technology” (PCT) intended to enable the company's proprietary real-time operating system (RTOS) to take advantage of the wealth of Linux application software. (more…)

European in-car navigation system runs embedded Linux

November 24, 2004

A German company has used embedded Linux to build an in-car navigation system with route-planning, traffic avoidance, and spoken direction features. NaviFlash's NaviFlash device comes pre-installed with detailed maps of Germany, and the main roads of Europe, with maps of 17 other European countries also available. (more…)

Torvalds, Widenius, Lehrdorf remonstrate against software patent law

November 24, 2004

Linus Torvalds, Michael Widenius, and Rasmus Lehrdorf have issued a joint statement, in 11 languages, urging the European Union (EU) Council not to adopt draft legislation on software patents that will be presented to it next week. The open source triumvirate calls the pending legislation “deceptive, dangerous, and democratically illegitimate.” (more…)

Industrial computer and SBC vendor supplies Linux kernels

November 24, 2004

Axiomtek is shipping royalty-free embedded Linux kernels and drivers for its x86-based SBC (single-board computers). The 2.4.25-series kernels support the company's PC/104, 3.5-inch, 5.25-inch, and half-size SBCs, and target industrial autiomation, HMI (human machine interfaces), POS (point of sales/service), transaction terminals, and more. (more…)

Device Profile: NaviFlash in-car navigation system

November 24, 2004

A German company has used embedded Linux to build an in-car navigation system with route-planning, traffic avoidance, and spoken direction features. NaviFlash's NaviFlash device comes pre-installed with detailed maps of Germany, and the main roads of Europe, with maps of 17 other European countries also available. (more…)

D-Link ADSL router / access point runs Linux

November 23, 2004

D-Link has released source code, under the GNU GPL license, for a MIPS-based ADSL router with a built-in four-port switch and wireless 802.11g/b radio. The DSL-G604T supports “all major ISPs,” D-Link says, and has been marketed primarily in Australia, Great Britain, and Russia. (more…)

Versatile gateway reference design comes with Linux

November 23, 2004

< !-1 ->ADI Engineering is shipping a versatile hardware reference design targeting small-office wireless residential gateways with network attached storage and print server capabilities, security gateways with VPN termination, and VoIP (voice-over-IP) terminals. The IXDPG425, or “Monte Jade,” design is based on an Intel IXP425 network processor, (more…)

Customizable IP STB for triple play operators runs Linux

November 23, 2004

The Siemens Speedstream 8xxx set-top box for home entertainment, V2.0, is an all-in-one Linux-based device providing a range of home gateway and entertainment functions. It targets “triple play” (voice, data, video) network operators, who can choose from several processors and DSP types, depending on their application. (more…)

Opera readies browser for any screen size

November 23, 2004

Opera Software is beta testing a version of its desktop browser featuring a new rendering technology said to eliminate horizontal scrolling, regardless of screen size. Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) technology, expected to appear in Opera 7.60, incorporates small-, medium-, and TV-screen rendering technologies into a single dynamic framework. (more…)

Kits target specialized embedded Linux applications

November 23, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 ->Win Enterprises has introduced a series of application-oriented kits intended to help companies bring embedded products to market quickly and cost-effectively. Each kit targets specific markets, is based on an x86 processor, and is offered with support for Linux, the company says. (more…)

Device Profile: D-Link DSL-G604T wired/wireless ADSL router

November 23, 2004

D-Link has released source code, under the GNU GPL license, for a MIPS-based ADSL router with a built-in four-port switch and wireless 802.11g/b radio. The DSL-G604T supports “all major ISPs,” D-Link says, and has been marketed primarily in Australia, Great Britain, and Russia. (more…)

Device Profile: Siemens Speedstream IP set-top box

November 23, 2004

The Siemens Speedstream 8xxx set-top box for home entertainment, V2.0, is an all-in-one Linux-based device providing a wide range of home gateway and entertainment functions. It targets “triple play” (voice, data, video) television network operators, who can choose from several processors and DSP types, depending on their application. (more…)