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Archive for 2006

New book explains how to build Linux 2.6 kernels

December 15, 2006

O'Reilly has published a book for Linux users interested in learning to build their own kernels. Linux Kernel in a Nutshell describes how to build and install Linux 2.6 kernels, starting with downloading the source. (more…)

Abstracting telephony: software servers for Linux mobile phones

December 15, 2006

Foreword: This whitepaper discusses telephony server middleware that aims to de-couple cellular modem functionality from mobile phone operating systems. It was written by Blane E. Rockafellow, who co-founded TapRoot Systems, a telephony server specialist that has partnered with Microsoft, MontaVista, Trolltech ((more…)

Report forecasts 2007’s hot tech trends

December 14, 2006

Research firm In-Stat has published its annual list of emerging and hot technology market trends for the year ahead. The firm's list includes “heterogenous multi-architectural processors,” wireless HDMI, PVRs, WiMAX, UWB wireless USB, ZigBee, and 3G, GPS, and DTV in China. (more…)

Ultra-rugged laptop targets off-road apps

December 14, 2006

Kontron in January will ship an “ultra-rugged” laptop aimed at “off-road” applications. The 13-pound NotePAC is based on an Intel Core Duo processor, runs Linux, and tolerates rain, blowing dirt, temperatures well below zero, and atmospheric explosives, Kontron claims. (more…)

Torvalds quashes binary kernel module revolt

December 14, 2006

The issue of whether binary-only kernel modules violate the GPL cropped up again this month on the Linux kernel mailing list, where Linus Torvalds thwarted an effort to ban them. Torvalds called banning binary modules “stupid,” and told kernel hackers they should base decisions on technical merit, not political agendas. (more…)

OSDL touts Linux “serviceability” improvements

December 13, 2006

The Open Source Development Labs is touting recent advances that make Linux more “serviceable.” The organization says its member companies worked with the open source community to improve kernel dump (kdump) and System Tap (stap), two utilities that aim to help administrators debug production Linux systems without taking them offline. (more…)

Firefox 3 alpha available

December 13, 2006

It's not that long since Firefox 2 appeared, but the Mozilla Foundation is already hard at work on Firefox 3. (more…)

Book helps would-be hackers write “excellent code”

December 13, 2006

No Starch Press has published another book about how to write great code and succeed professionally. Code Craft: The practice of writing excellent code, by well-known C Vu columnist Pete Goodliffe, aims to help newer programmers develop professionally into outstanding programmers… (more…)

Security takes center stage at annual GHS conference

December 13, 2006

Security took center stage at the fourth annual technology conference of embedded software vendor Green Hills Software (GHS), reports VDC, which attended the event last week in Santa Barbara, Calif. VDC lauds GHS for pursuing security goals alongside more market-driven goals such as development cost, time-to-market, and new feature development. (more…)

EPIC format PXA270 board does PoE

December 13, 2006

Micro/sys is shipping an EPIC format SBC (single-board computer) based on an XScale processor and powerable by PoE (Power-over-Ethernet). The SBC4670 integrates a 520MHz PXA270 processor, memory, display controller, Ethernet, and a host of data acquisition and control I/O. (more…)

Linux-based WiFi phone uses open-source connection kit

December 12, 2006

Belkin is shipping a WiFi phone based on Linux and Skype's proprietary VoIP (voice-over-IP) client. The Belkin WiFi Phone for Skype can use open or encrypted WiFi networks, and connects seamlessly at commercial hotspots and hot zones operated by Boingo, Belkin says. (more…)

Computers learn to parse natural human language

December 12, 2006

A company in Israel claims to have solved the problem of enabling computers to parse natural human language. Linguistic Agents says its “NanoSyntax” technology translates normative human language into a formal computer language, potentially improving search interfaces, application interfaces, text-message-based network APIs, and phone trees. (more…)

OpenKODE offers open alternative to DirectX

December 12, 2006

The Khronos Group is launching an open set of royalty-free, cross-platform APIs aimed at standardizing the way native applications deliver media, games, and graphical user interfaces on mobile devices. (more…)

Virtual machine added to mainline Linux kernel

December 12, 2006

The 2.6.20 Linux kernel will include a driver aimed at allowing user-space processes to exploit virtualization capabilities in modern 64-bit x86 Intel and AMD processors. The KVM (kernel-based virtual machine) patch was submitted in late October by Avi Kivity, and committed by Linus Torvalds to the 2.6 tree this week. (more…)

Free service offers instant connection to WiFi hotspots

December 12, 2006

Devicescape Inc. is beta-testing a free service claimed to automatically connect devices to supported hotspots and municipal WiFi networks. The Devicescape service currently supports Nokia's 770 tablet, WiFi-enabled Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, and PCs running Windows XP SP2. It can access FON, Google WiFi, and T-Mobile HotSpot USA public hotspots. (more…)

Davinci dev board targets streaming media devices

December 11, 2006

India-based outsourcing specialist eInfochips will ship a prototyping board for streaming media devices later this month. The DVPB (“DaVinci prototyping board”) is based on a Texas Instruments (TI) “DaVinci” dual-core RISC/DSP SoC (system-on-chip), and features “all commonly used video system peripheral interfaces,”… (more…)

High-security Linux project publishes conference program

December 11, 2006

The Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium has announced speakers and session topics for its third annual event, set for Mar. 12-16 in Baltimore, MD. The symposium will feature business, government, and academic speakers sharing experiences, research, and product plans, organizers say. (more…)

MontaVista previews next-gen embedded Linux

December 11, 2006

MontaVista is offering existing customers a peek at its next-generation embedded Linux distributions, to be based on a 2.6.18 kernel and released in mid-2007. The company's 5.0 series “technology preview” aims to help developers begin porting and testing applications, or begin development of next-generation devices that exploit newly available features. (more…)

DIY mid-air pointing device

December 11, 2006

Three researchers at Microsoft Research have created an innovative handheld pointing device that works in mid-air. “Soap” — which resembles a bar of soap — is based on hardware found in a common wireless optical mouse, and is relatively easy to make, according to its inventors. (more…)

Real-time CGL supports Opteron-based ATCA blade

December 11, 2006

FSMLabs says its commercial, real-time Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) software now supports an Opteron-based AdvancedTCA blade from Pinnacle Data Systems (PDSi). “Carrier Grade RTLinux” on PDSi's AdvancedTCA blade targets VoIP, IPTV, and other applications in which data and control planes must coordinate tightly, according to… (more…)