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Archive for August, 2007

Mot’s Linux phone arrives at U.S. stores

August 31, 2007

Motorola today sent out a mass email inviting recipients to “experience” its Linux-based RAZR2 V8 phone “at your nearest mobile phone store.” The phone will be offered by all major U.S. GSM/GPRS providers, including AT&T (formerly Cingular), Sprint, and T-Mobile, according to reports.

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Linux 2.6 real-time podcast series concludes

August 31, 2007

TimeSys has published the final installment in its podcast series devoted to real-time capabilities in the Linux 2.6 kernel. Probably the most informative and well-organized episode yet, the new podcast provides fascinating insight and perspective on seven new real-time capabilities added to Linux between the 2.6.0 and 2.6.22.2 releases. (more…)

Embedded flash module targets consumer devices

August 31, 2007

SanDisk has expanded its solid-state drive (SSD) product line with a module a quarter the size of 1.8-inch hard drives. The flash-based uSSD 5000 is designed to be embedded on the motherboards of low-cost PCs, such as Intel's Classmate, or other consumer devices. (more…)

Free x86 Linux router distro rev’d

August 31, 2007

A company maintaining a dual-licensed Linux distribution for x86-based routers has achieved a new release. Vyatta Community Edition 2.2 (“Camarillo”) features security and flexibility enhancements to the BGP (border gateway protocol) stack, and usability enhancements related to NAT (network address translation) and DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol). (more…)

Telematics processor ecosystem includes Linux

August 31, 2007

Chipmaker Freescale today announced that its top-of-the-line system-on-chip (SoC) for telematics applications such as in-car infotainment and driver assist devices has attracted a broad range of support from embedded development tool and RTOS (real-time operating system) vendors. Five software partners have endorsed the MPC5121e SoC since its introduction in May, promising to deliver products tailored to… (more…)

Adobe adds H.264 to Flash Player 9

August 31, 2007

In what promises to boost video quality in desktop, mobile, and embedded devices, Adobe announced that it has added H.264 support to its popular Flash Player software. “Flash Player 9, Update 3 beta,” available for download from Adobe's Labs website, supports Linux, OS X, and Windows. (more…)

Can CVS save the landline phone?

August 30, 2007

A third of U.S. households will migrate to mobile-only phone services by 2011, resulting in an annual loss of $13 billion in fixed-line voice revenues to wireless substitutions, In-Stat forecasts. However, technologies are available to create next-generation “converged voice services” (CVS) that can breathe new life into fixed-line networks, the market research firm suggests. (more…)

Wind River acquires device software service provider

August 30, 2007

The largest company involved in the market for embedded Linux operating systems, tools, and professional services has acquired a Romanian device software services provider for $1.4 million. Wind River said Comsys employs 52, and has domain expertise telecom, mobile, and aerospace and defense. (more…)

Linux telephony stack demo’d in China

August 30, 2007

TapRoot Systems is demonstrating its telephony middleware for Linux/Qtopia-based mobile phones at the Linux Mobile Communications Conference this week in Beijing. The company says its TapRoot telephony middleware provides a “comprehensive” set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for communication with 2G-3G networks. (more…)

Hackers adopt Linux-based IAD

August 30, 2007

France's second-largest telecom service provider has released source code for a popular residential gateway device based on Linux. Several hacker communities have since sprung up around Neuf Cegetel's Neuf Box 4, an “integrated access device” (IAD) with Internet, phone, and streaming video capabilities. (more…)

Linux exams featured at Intel devcon

August 29, 2007

Intel Developer Forum attendees can take Linux certification exams for half the usual price, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced. The LPI will administer its two most basic and general-purpose exams for $75 apiece to pre-registered candidates at the event, set for Sept. 18-20 in San Francisco. (more…)

Tiny motherboard fits small budgets

August 29, 2007

Via's first motherboard in the tiny, 3.8 x 2.8-inch pico-ITX format appears to be available, and priced to appeal to device-builders with limited budgets. The PX10000G supports Linux and other x86 OSes, and ships with a reasonable complement of pin-header I/O cabling. (more…)

Mini Linux box gains online storage, backups, updates

August 29, 2007

[Updated 4:30] — Zonbu has sweetened the pie for Linux enthusiasts wishing to purchase its low-cost, silent, eco-friendly, PC outright — without committing to an ongoing service contract. (more…)

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Google to sell Linux phone stack?

August 28, 2007

Forget the device itself. Google will announce next week that it has entered the market for Linux-based mobile phone operating systems or operating system software components, suggests a rumor story posted at device blog Engadget. (more…)

U.K. conference targets embedded developers

August 28, 2007

The U.K.'s 13th annual Embedded Systems Show will take place Oct. 17 and 18 in Birmingham. According to the organizers, this is the country's largest event for system engineers and embedded software developers. (more…)

Embedded Linux dev tools demo’d online

August 28, 2007

MontaVista will show off its Eclipse-based tools in a series of live web demonstrations this fall. The webinars will focus on using DevRocket tools to debug embedded Linux applications, and are set for Tues., Sept. (more…)

Linux the fastest-growing smartphone OS

August 28, 2007

Linux will power about 31 percent of all smartphones sold in 2012, and by then will have shipped in 331 million devices, says ABI. The research firm forecasts 75 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) for Linux in smartphones through 2012, making it the fastest-growing OS in the sector. (more…)

Linux and real-time Java power German traffic lights

August 27, 2007

A major European vendor of city-wide traffic management systems is porting its flagship traffic light controller to Linux and real-time Java. Signalbau Huber says its Actros controller will better meet safety-critical requirements after moving to Sysgo ELinOS/PikeOS 4.1 with Aonix's PERC real-time… (more…)

WiMAX gathering set for Chicago

August 27, 2007

A trade show claimed to be “the largest WiMAX-focused event ever held” will take place next month in Chicago. The fourth annual WiMAX World USA, scheduled for Sept. 25 through 27, will feature “participation by virtually all WiMAX players,” event organizer Trendsmedia says. (more…)

How hypervisors can defeat GPLv3’s “anti-tivoization”

August 27, 2007

This guest whitepaper explains how hypervisors can isolate proprietary software from GPLv2 and GPLv3-licensed software. Authored by a Trango product manager, it uses Trango's hypervisor as an example, showing how the technology could help safeguard copyright-encumbered multimedia content in a video playback device with a user-modifiable Linux OS component. (more…)