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Archive for May, 2005

Multimedia embedded Linux boot option gains DVD burning, DVB-T

May 31, 2005

InterVideo will demonstrate new capabilities in its embedded Linux multimedia boot environment for Windows laptops and PCs at Computex in Taipei this week. The company says InstantOn now supports DVD burning on select notebooks, as well as DVB-T (digital video broadcasting-terrestrial), a standard popular in Europe. (more…)

Linux powers 108Mbps MIMO OFDM Wi-Fi demo

May 31, 2005

[Updated Jun. 1, 2005] — Cavium and Airgo are demonstrating a hardware/software reference design for 108Mbps wireless broadband gateways at the Computex tradeshow this week in Taipei, Taiwan. The design includes embedded Linux, Cavium's MIPS32 Nitrox Soho security processor, and “True MIMO” wireless cards from Airgo. (more…)

WiMAX wireless goes portable

May 31, 2005

ABI Research has released a report on 802.16 WiMAX wireless, suggesting that the “last mile” technology may reach portable and mobile devices sooner than many observers expected. Optional specifications in 802.16 can boost receiver sensitivity to the point of making WiMAX PC cards and built-in receivers practical for laptops, PDAs, (more…)

Nokia patent move could hurt free software, warns RMS

May 31, 2005

Nokia's move last week to exempt existing Linux kernels from patent litigation could hurt free software, writes GNU project founder Richard M. Stallman (rms) in this guest editorial. Stallman founded GNU.org in 1984, and remains among its most idealistic and fervent supporters. Enjoy. . . ! (more…)

Nokia courts GNOME hackers with tablet discounts

May 31, 2005

Nokia will offer its Linux-based Internet tablet to developers at a discount, and donate proceeds to the GNOME Foundation, it announced at GUADEC (GNOME User and Developer European Conference). The “developer device program” will make 500 Nokia 770 Internet Tablets available at 500 Euros, Nokia says. (more…)

Whitepaper introduces “ubiquitous computing” technologies

May 31, 2005

Intel is conducting several research projects to enable “a future in which computing will be ubiquitous, woven seamlessly into the fabric of everyday life.” This Intel-authored whitepaper outlines four of the initiatives: a Personal Server; Precision Location Technology; Low-Cost Location Technology; and a System for Human Activity Recognition and Prediction. (more…)

Transmeta sells off older Crusoe chips

May 31, 2005

Transmeta will sell its Crusoe line of VLIW (very long instruction word) processors to Culturecom for $15M. The deal also gives the Hong Kong based technology company the right to manufacture and sell the 130nm version of Transmeta's Efficeon design in China. (more…)

Guest editorial: Nokia’s patent announcement next to nothing

May 31, 2005
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Foreword: This guest editorial by Richard M. Stallman (rms) takes a critical view of Nokia's announcement last week that it would exempt existing Linux kernels from patent litigation. Stallman founded the GNU Free Software project in 1984, and remains among its most idealistic and fervent supporters. (more…)

Moving toward a future of ubiquitous computing

May 31, 2005

Foreword: Intel is conducting research initiatives to enable “a future in which computing will be ubiquitous, woven seamlessly into the fabric of everyday life.” This Intel-authored whitepaper outlines four of the initiatives: a Personal Server; Precision Location Technology; Low-Cost Location Technology; and a System for Human Activity Recognition and Prediction. (more…)

Interview with PalmSource exec’s elucidates Linux strategy

May 27, 2005

This installment in LinuxDevices.com's “Executive Interview” series explores PalmSource's plans with respect to morphing Palm OS into a middleware and application stack that runs on top of Linux, with an aim of targeting mobile phones and other wireless-enabled devices. (more…)

Via readies Pentium M killer

May 27, 2005

Via's next-generation x86-compatible processor will start production in an IBM facility in Q2, Via says. Via calls the C7 “the world's smallest, lowest power, and most secure native x86 processor.” It targets thin and light notebooks, mini-PCs, green clients, personal electronics, and high-density servers and appliances. (more…)

Executive Interview: Michael Kelley and John Cook of PalmSource

May 27, 2005

This installment in LinuxDevices.com's “Executive Interview” series explores PalmSource's plans with respect to morphing Palm OS into a middleware and application stack that runs on top of Linux, with an aim of targeting mobile phones and… (more…)

Linux brings multimedia content to PIN-entry pad

May 26, 2005

VeriFone has used embedded Linux to build a secure PIN pad that doubles as an in-store advertising kiosk. The MX870 supports RFID, smart cards, biometric identification, and various touch technologies, and is designed to deliver multimedia presentations while customers complete their checkout process. (more…)

O’Reilly book aims to resurrect shell scripting

May 26, 2005

O'Reilly has published a book on the classic Unix art of shell scripting. “Classic Shell Scripting” describes common Linux tools and shows how to use bash to combine them into scripts that can automate simple and complex tasks. (more…)

TheKompany ports Qtopia apps to Archos PMA400

May 26, 2005

A company selling Qtopia-based applications for Sharp's Zaurus PDA is porting its wares to the Linux-based Archos PMA400 media player. TheKompany describes the player as “a very full-featured PDA,” and has so far completed ports of a secure email client, file manager, and Tetris game. (more…)

Nokia gives Linux bye on patents

May 26, 2005

Nokia has issued a legally binding Patent Statement allowing all its patents to be used in current and past Linux kernels. The company hopes taking a clear public position on patents can help create a “framework of certainty” around open source projects, it says. (more…)

Presentation relates Nokia’s open source experience with 770 Internet Tablet

May 26, 2005

< !-1 2 ->This interesting presentation discusses a major company's experience creating a consumer electronics device based on Linux and open source software. It was presented yesterday by Nokia's Dr. Ari Jaaksi at LinuxWorld in New York, and looks at the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet unveiled yesterday. (more…)

News: The “hello world” breakpoint caper

May 25, 2005

In this entertaining yet edifying essay, Hieu Tran sets out on a quest to debug a bug-report filed against his company's source-level debugger. The case leads Tran and his trusty Pomeranian toward a surprising, Sherlock Holmes-like epiphany illuminating the semantic assumptions made by compilers, debuggers, and, (more…)

Virtualization software update joins Linux with VxWorks “Platforms”

May 25, 2005

Jaluna has announced that its platform virtualization software supports Wind River Platforms that began shipping earlier this week. Jaluna OSware, Linux Edition, enables VxWorks and Linux-based applications to run side-by-side on a single processor, without additional hardware, according to Jaluna. (more…)

Nokia sponsors improvements to lightweight X window manager

May 25, 2005

A project to optimize X for mobile platforms got a boost from Nokia, which funded improvements to the Matchbox window manager used in the Linux-based webpad it announced today. OpenedHand, which maintains Matchbox, says it worked with Nokia for more than two years on the device. (more…)