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Archive for April, 2007

Why do device developers prefer Debian?

April 30, 2007

LinuxDevices.com's survey results consistently show Debian to be the most popular distribution among device developers. For example, our 2007 survey indicated that Debian was used in device-related projects by 13 percent of the survey's 932 participants — roughly double the score of MontaVista, the most popular strictly-embedded distribution. (more…)

Why device developers prefer Debian

April 30, 2007

LinuxDevices.com's survey results consistently show Debian to be the most popular distribution among device developers. For example, our 2007 survey indicated that Debian was used in device-related projects by 13 percent of the survey's 932 participants, roughly double the score of MontaVista, the most… (more…)

Low-cost UMPC sports swiveling display

April 27, 2007

[Updated Apr. 30] — Data Evolution Corp (DEC), the company that recently aquired AMD's PIC (personal Internet computer) design, on April 26 announced its first ultra-mobile PC (UMPC). (more…)

Mobile devices gain Silverlight codec support

April 27, 2007
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Codec specialist Hantro has added support for “Silverlight” — a new Adobe Flash-like multimedia technology from Microsoft — to its ultra low-powered hardware VC-1 codec for mobile devices running Linux and other embedded OSes. The “7190 Multiformat decoder” can decode VC-1-encoded 720p video at 30fps, the company said. (more…)

Nine from IBM: Sugar, KVM, libhugetlbfs, key retention, DIM…

April 27, 2007

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. (more…)

GPL’d DOS workalike adds features

April 27, 2007

[Updated 3:20 PM] — A fairly new GPL-licensed 16-bit, real-time, networkable, DOS-workalike operating system appears to be under intensive development. “NXDOS” boots from a floppy, and has recently gained a new device driver design with some hardware autodetection capabilities. (more…)

Embedded Linux presentations available for viewing

April 26, 2007

A growing list of presentations from the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) conference earlier this month is being collected at the CELF WiKi. The event featured 52 deeply technical presentations, many describing original kernel development projects aimed at improving Linux for use in devices. (more…)

Technology conference looks at “ultra mobility”

April 26, 2007

Days after unveiling its first Pico-ITX design, Via says “ultra mobility” will be the theme of its eighth annual technology forum. (more…)

Tiny clamshell handheld runs Vista… or Linux

April 26, 2007

[Updated May 3] — FlipStart, founded in 2002 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, earlier this month began shipping its first product. The FlipStart 1.0 squeezes a full PC — including a 1.1GHz processor, hard drive, display, keyboard, and wireless communications — into an ultra-compact,… (more…)

Torvalds releases 2.6.21 kernel

April 26, 2007

Analysis — It took longer than Linux creator Linus Torvalds would have liked, but the latest Linux kernel, version 2.6.21, has arrived. It brings many minor and major changes in how Linux handles process scheduling and time. (more…)

Mini-ITX board runs Linux on low-powered Geode

April 26, 2007

Taiwanese board vendor Avalue has introduced a mini-ITX board with an ultra-low-power AMD Geode processor, and supported by guaranteed three- to five-year lifecycle availability. The EMB-9655 features analog, digital, and LVDS display interfaces, runs Linux, and targets POS (point-of-sales) and thin client… (more…)

Linux patches add insight into memory usage

April 26, 2007

Matt Mackall, principal developer for the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), is working on a set of kernel patches that let users access detailed, page-level run-time information on process memory usage. (more…)

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market — April, 2007

April 26, 2007

The results of LinuxDevices.com's seventh annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. (more…)

Survey reveals embedded Linux market trends

April 25, 2007

The results of LinuxDevices.com's seventh annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market. (more…)

SOHO NAS gadget runs Linux

April 25, 2007

Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts, used embedded Linux as the software platform in its flagship consumer network-attached storage (NAS) device. The “MyShare” NAS appliance runs Linux on an ARM9-based Marvell processor, and has two internal SATA II drives, for capacities up to 2… (more…)

Red Hat preps real-time Linux for electronic trading

April 25, 2007

Red Hat is working on a real-time enabled version of its enterprise Linux distribution that will target financial institutions and electronic trading systems. Additionally, it is working with JPMorgan, Cisco, and a host of others on a real-time networking specification aimed at financial services applications. (more…)

Industrial panel PC supports Linux

April 25, 2007

Axiomtek is shipping a new slim, industrial-grade panel computer said to offer excellent graphic performance. The PANEL2155-810-FL1GE features a 15-inch, high-brightness TFT LCD touchscreen, and is available preinstalled with Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded. (more…)

MontaVista expands European presence

April 25, 2007

Embedded Linux supplier MontaVista Software announced this week that it has acquired two closely affiliated UK-based companies. “MontaVista Limited” and “Liberte” will provide sales, support, and professional/consulting services to electronic design customers and partners, helping MontaVista meet increased Linux demand “across nearly every sector of the embedded market,” the company said. (more…)

Device Profile: Hammer MyShare NAS device

April 25, 2007

Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts, used embedded Linux as the software platform in its flagship consumer network-attached storage (NAS) device. The “MyShare” NAS appliance runs Linux on an ARM9-based Marvell processor, and has two internal SATA II drives, for capacities up to 2 terabytes. (more…)

Embedded technology show set for November in Yokohama

April 24, 2007

This year's Embedded Technology Conference (ET2007) will take place Nov. 14-16, in Yokohama, Japan. Billed as the “World's Largest Embedded Technology Exhibition and Conference,” the show will feature conference sessions, “application themes,” and a large exhibition. (more…)