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Archive for May, 2007

Bash cookbook offers example scripts

May 31, 2007

Technical books publisher O'Reilly has released a “cookbook” full of bash shell scripting examples. The Bash Cookbook offers numerous complete working scripts aimed at helping users customize their systems and automate routine tasks. (more…)

Report questions “mobile office” market potential

May 31, 2007

Shortly before Palm unveiled its “Foleo mobile companion”, market research firm 451 Group released a report questioning the potential for “mobile office” devices such as smartphones. The Group estimates that only 20 million smartphones ship each year today, with volume unlikely to grow much beyond that. (more…)

Device app dev tool gains enhanced fonts, graphics

May 31, 2007

Trolltech has released new versions of its application frameworks for PC desktops and Linux devices. Respectively, Qt 4.3 mainly gains support for native Windows Vista application development, while Qtopia Core 4.3 gains a new font system and better 3D graphics support, among other enhancements. (more…)

Mobile SQL DBMS gains phone features

May 31, 2007

Mimer Information Technology is readying a new version of its SQL database for mobile devices. Mimer SQL Mobile 9.3, due before July, adds a host of features aimed at making the product work better on mobile phones, the company said. (more…)

PMP doubles as personal Linux desktop

May 31, 2007

Asian Linux distributor TurboLinux today announced the “global launch” of its combination PMP (portable media player) and Linux boot device. When plugged into a PC, the “Wizpy” player launches users into their own localized, personalized Linux-based operating system environment. (more…)

Palm unveils Linux-based “mobile companion”

May 30, 2007

[Updated 5:00 PM PDT] — Palm has used Linux to build a “new class” of mobile device. The Foleo aims to expand the email, Internet, and productivity application capabilities of mobile phones such as the Palm Treo, by adding a full-size keyboard and a larger screen. (more…)

World’s first dual-mode digital video tuner chip?

May 30, 2007

Sharp has developed what it claims to be the “world's first” dual-mode tuner module for mobile devices capable of receiving both DVB-H and T-DMB terrestrial digital broadcasts. The VA3B5EZ915 features a compact, thin profile package and the “industry's lowest power consumption,” according to the company. (more…)

MontaVista continues European expansion

May 30, 2007

MontaVista plans to open a seventh European office, and add executive staff to offices in Germany and the U.K.. The new office will be based in Finland, while the new executive hires include directors of business development and field operations for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Asia), according to the company. (more…)

Linux to challenge Symbian in smartphones

May 29, 2007

Symbian will still lead the smartphone market in 2012, with 44 percent market share, while Linux swells to 41 percent and Windows Mobile languishes at just six percent, a new report from Berg Insight predicts. The report runs counter to several other recent analyst reports, however. (more…)

Mini Linux targets mini PowerPC mobo

May 29, 2007

A project maintaining lightweight Linux distributions targeting experienced users says it will support a new passively cooled PowerPC- and FPGA-based mini-ITX motherboard. The CruxPPC project will collaborate with ACube Systems to support ACube's Sam440ep, an Amiga-oriented board that shipped last month. (more…)

Free Linux distro turns PS3 into light-duty server

May 29, 2007

A client-server software specialist in Germany is offering a freely downloadable, server-oriented Linux distribution for Sony's Playstation3. Helios's unnamed PS3 distro installs in less than 10 minutes, and showcases the company's cross-platform file-, print-, PDF-, and… (more…)

MontaVista launches embedded Linux devcon

May 29, 2007

Embedded Linux OS and tools vendor MontaVista will host a three-day developer conference and partner expo in California this fall. Set for Oct. 8-10, in Santa Clara, MontaVista's “Vision 2007 Embedded Linux Developer's Conference” boasts sponsors that include Freescale, IBM, Intel, and Texas Instruments (TI). (more…)

Windows firewall squeezes into USB key

May 29, 2007

[Updated Jun. 1] — Yoggie Security Systems has squeezed a hardware firewall for Windows into a USB key sized form-factor. The “Yoggie Pico” runs Linux 2.6 along with 13 security applications on a 520MHz PXA270, a powerful Intel processor popular in smartphones and high-end consumer devices. (more…)

VM enables “write-once, run anywhere” Linux apps

May 25, 2007

A startup in Alameda, Calif. plans to release a kind of holy software grail the third or fourth week of June. Lina said its dual-licensed Lina virtual Linux machine will run more or less normal Linux applications under Windows, Mac, or Linux, with a look and feel native to each. (more…)

10 from IBM: IMS, slabs, TCs, subversion, db4o, rails, WTP, LAMP…

May 24, 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…)

Multipurpose home server gains power, features

May 24, 2007

Quad Micro Works is prepping a second release of its Linux-based multipurpose home network, gateway, and server appliance. The new “Square One Personal Server” will integrate an 802.11g access point, along with a 4-port router and file, print, and Web servers. (more…)

Linux hot at top Japanese embedded conference

May 24, 2007

Japan's largest embedded conference of the year reportedly featured a growing number of Linux-related demonstrations, compared to previous years. Linux appears to be making inroads among Japanese consumer electronics vendors, and to be gradually taking marketshare away from iTron, long the top Japanese embedded operating system. (more…)

New book aims to demystify UI design

May 24, 2007

A new book from Addison Wesley offers to demystify the design of effective user interfaces. In User Interface Design for Mere Mortals, author Eric Butow suggests that successful UIs are enjoyable to interact with, but also save time, eliminate frustration, and minimize user effort. (more…)

Compact ARM9-based SBC gains enhanced graphics

May 23, 2007

Embedian has upgraded the graphics capabilities of its ARM9-based single-board computer (SBCs) family. The APC-711x SBCs, which are powered by Samsung's S3C2440A SoC (system-on-chip) and include support for Linux, now incorporate Silicon Motion's latest graphics chip, resulting in enhanced 2D and video acceleration… (more…)

Rugged mini-PC uses Core 2 Duo processor

May 23, 2007

Stealth Computer is shipping a compact, rugged, PC-compatible system that supports Linux and other standard x86 OSes on a Core 2 Duo processor. The LPC-450 provides up to five times the performance of its predecessor, the LPC-401FS, in the same… (more…)