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Archive for June, 2007

Linux computer thinks it’s a chip

June 29, 2007

A board vendor specializing in military and rugged markets is sampling a 2-inch-square ARM9/FPGA processor module designed to plug into a 462-pin CPU-style socket. Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA), says its LM150 comes with a Linux BSP (board support package) and supports applications requiring custom … (more…)

GPLv3 arrives with little fanfare

June 29, 2007

The FSF (Free Software Foundation) today released GPLv3 (GNU General Public License version 3), the third generation of the world's most popular free software license. However, only about twenty open source projects have adopted the new license so far, notes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, over at Linux-Watch. (more…)

Mobile system-on-chip gains accelerated video

June 29, 2007

Freescale has reached volume production on a new SoC (system-on-chip) for video-enabled, drive-equipped devices based on Linux and other embedded OSes. Built on 90nm technology, the i.MX27 adds on-chip video acceleration, more storage interfaces, and a 10/100 Ethernet port to Freescale's popular i.MX21 mobile application processor, built on 130nm technology. (more…)

Core 2 Duo alleged to have “non-fixable” bugs

June 29, 2007

Intel's Core 2 Duo processor has “serious, exploitable” bugs, claims Open BSD founder Theo de Raadt. Posting on a mailing list, de Raadt further charges that Intel leaves open source operating systems “in the cold” when it comes to providing fixes. (more…)

Book offers software pioneers’ essays

June 29, 2007

O'Reilly has just released a collection of essays by 38 pioneering software developers. Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think, edited by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson, aims to show “how the experts solve near-impossible software development dilemmas.”

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Open source HA middleware project takes off

June 29, 2007

Motorola announced this week that the open source high availability (HA) software project it launched four months ago has made considerable progress. The OpenSAF project has achieved an initial 1.0 code release, and Motorola has started the process of forming an “industry-wide consortium” to steward the project, according to the company. (more…)

Highly discounted Linux web tablets pop up

June 28, 2007

At least two large online retailers are selling Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet for $140. (more…)

What Eclipse “Europa” means for Linux device devs

June 28, 2007

The open source Eclipse tools project will orchestrate a massive, coordinated release on June 29. Among the “Europa” releases' 21 constituent sub-project releases, four are significant to Linux device developers, according to Doug Gaff, leader of Eclipse.org's Device Software Development Project. (more…)

Power.org gains embedded Linux vendor

June 28, 2007

Embedded Linux OS and tools provider MontaVista has joined Power.org. The company plans to help the independent, vendor-neutral industry group promote and maintain the PowerPC processor architecture, and said it hopes to “significantly contribute to global issues impacting open standard hardware development.” (more…)

LinuxWorld to feature device development

June 28, 2007

This year's summer LinuxWorld conference will feature three separate one-day, vendor-sponsored programs aimed at embedded Linux device developers. Set for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco, the event includes programs from Access, Motorola, and Wind River. (more…)

iPhone-like Linux phone delayed

June 28, 2007

As Apple launches its iPhone today, a company attempting to build a similar touchscreen-based phone around an open, user-extensible Linux OS has acknowledged significant delays. (more…)

Eclipse “Europa” goes gold with 17 million lines of code

June 27, 2007

The Eclipse Foundation, which oversees the open-source Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment), today rolled out “Europa,” its latest annual “coordinated project release.” The huge release spans 21 projects and over 17 million lines of code, and weighs in at “more than double the size of last year's record-setting release,” the Foundation said. (more…)

Mini-ITX board targets digital signage apps

June 27, 2007

Via Technologies has introduced a new mini-motherboard built in its signature mini-ITX form-factor. The “Epia LT” is based on the company's 1.5GHz or fanless 1GHz C7 processor and highly-integrated CX700 chipset, provides dual-Ethernet and dual-LVDS flat panel outputs, and is available with a TV-out video option. (more…)

Dual-core PPC AMC aims Linux at network-intensive apps

June 27, 2007

Kontron has introduced an AMC (advanced mezzanine card) module based on a 1.5GHz dual-core Freescale PowerPC processor, with support for Linux and VxWorks. The AM4100 AMC offers the “highest Ethernet bandwidth” within the constraints of “modular AdvancedTCA carriers or highly-integrated, redundant MicroTCA… (more…)

Multicore MIPS64 chips target Linux-based storage devices

June 26, 2007

Multi-core MIPS64 network processor specialist Cavium Networks plans to expand into the storage processor market. The fabless chip house expects to begin sampling the first chips from a new Octeon Multicore Storage Services Processor (SSP) line later this year. (more…)

Low-cost, customizable processor runs Linux

June 26, 2007

Atmel has launched an interesting new chip line aimed at reducing NRE (non-recurring engineering) expenses associated with ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) development. The CAP (“customizable Atmel processor”) integrates a Linux-friendly ARM9 core together with a metal-programmable function block where users can implement cores, DSPs (digital signal processors), or custom peripherals. (more…)

Trolltech tempts hackers with free Linux phones

June 26, 2007

Trolltech will provide free phones and SDKs (software development kits) to developers willing to target its Qtopia application development framework for mobile phones. The Qtopia Greenphone Grant Program will provide an unspecified number of awardees with Qtopia SDKs, along with Trolltech's open,… (more…)

COM Express module offers versatile graphics

June 26, 2007

Win Enterprises has expanded its computer-on-module (COM) product line with the introduction of its first COM Express module. The MB-07315 employs the Intel 945GM chipset, supports both Core 2 Duo and single-core Celeron M processors, and runs Linux, among other embedded OSes. (more…)

Linux-powered prophylactic protects Vista PC

June 25, 2007

This review takes a close look at the Yoggie Pico, a Linux-powered, USB-interfaced firewall squished into a thumb drive-sized package. To test the device, Senior Editor Henry Kingman connects it to a Windows Vista PC, and pummels the setup with security auditing scripts downloaded from Nessus.org. (more…)

Linux device design gains crypto memory

June 25, 2007

A hardware reference design vendor specializing in ultra-thin ARM-based CPU modules plans to add support for encrypted memory. Unicon says enhancing its designs with Atmel's “CrytoMemory” will provide a secure place within the system to store sensitive data, such as digital certificates or… (more…)