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Archive for January, 2008

Linux-based NAS expands to four bays

January 25, 2008

Qnap Systems introduced a four-bay version of its Linux-based line of multifunction NAS (network-attached storage) devices. The TS-409 Pro Turbo NAS offers a hot-swappable HDD design, RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+ support, and online RAID capacity expansion and level migration, says Qnap. (more…)

Mobile phone market grew 15.8 percent, study says

January 25, 2008

An ABI Research study claims that 2007 mobile phone sales closed strong, with yearly shipments up 15.8 percent to 1.15 billion. Fourth quarter 2007 worldwide shipments totaled 342 million, meeting ABI's earlier projections, but Motorola continued to lose market share. (more…)

Development platform targets STB app developers

January 24, 2008

Dutch start-up AHT (Advanced Home Technologies) has launched a Linux-based device for open source developers wishing to write applications for set-top boxes (STBs) based on STMicroelectronics' ST7109 SoC for HDTVs. (more…)

Rollup e-reader runs Linux

January 24, 2008

[Updated Jan. 25] — Philips spinoff Polymer Vision has announced plans to ship a Linux-capable e-reader with a flexible, rollup display. Thanks to the screen's low power consumption, the “Readius” offers up to 30 hours of reading without a battery charge, according to the company. (more…)

Article describes using Bazaar VCS on Debian Etch

January 23, 2008

Falko Timme has published an article on HowToForge about installing and using the Bazaar version control system (VCS) on Debian Etch. The article shows how to set up and install the VCS and install SFTP and Lighttpd on the server. (more…)

Via launches 64-bit architecture

January 23, 2008

Via has unveiled a 64-bit, VM-enabled x86-compatible architecture expected to debut this spring in pin-compatible chips targeting green PCs, home servers, and mobile devices. Chips based on the “Isaiah” architecture promise to outperform Via's current C7/Eden chips two-to-three times, within the same power… (more…)

Dutch firm ships Linux-based rack-mount ADK

January 23, 2008

Netherlands-based systems integrator Deciso is shipping a 1U Appliance Development Kit (ADK) for routers, firewalls, and other rack-mounted network appliances. Based on PC Engines' ALIX single-board computer (SBC), the 19″ ADK comes preinstalled with Voyage Linux. (more…)

Brazilian mobile embedded show slated for March

January 23, 2008

The second annual Bossa Conference on open source and mobile devices is open for registration, says Brazilian Linux developers group OpenBossa.org. Scheduled for March 16-19 in Porto de Galinhas, Recife, Brazil, Bossa Conference '08 will feature speakers from OpenEmbedded, OpenMoko, Maemo, Trolltech, and more. (more…)

Embedded Linux conference videos ready

January 23, 2008

Free videos of presentations from the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2007 / 9th Real-Time Linux Workshop are now available. Topics include boot time, real-time preemption patches, graphical libraries, and file systems for flash storage. (more…)

Glenn Henry on the Isaiah architecture

January 23, 2008

Foreword — This informal mini-interview with Glenn Henry, president of Via's CenTaur processor division, took place a few days before the unveiling of Via's “Isaiah” architecture. Henry discusses Isaiah's technical merits, market positioning, and competitive prospects against current and future offerings from… (more…)

Linux phone stack to gain differential FOTA

January 22, 2008

Trolltech's Linux-based Qtopia stack will be available with third-party software aimed at allowing partial FOTA (firmware over-the-air) updates. Red Bend's “vRapid Mobile” FOTA application stack lets operators and software/service providers push bug fixes and application updates to customers with minimal network bandwidth… (more…)

Industry group formed around open source HA middleware

January 22, 2008

An open industry forum has been created to maintain and promote an open source (LGPL v2.1) implmentation of Service Availability Forum high-availability middleware specifications. Founded by Emerson Network Power (ENP), Ericsson, HP, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Sun Microsystems, the OpenSAF Foundation aims to standardize high-availability middleware for Linux-based carrier-grade systems. (more…)

Linux device webcam programming explored

January 22, 2008

IBM's DeveloperWorks has published a three-part series on developing for the Linux-based Nokia N800 tablet. Using the example of developing a webcam application that uploads JPEGs to a remote site, author Peter Seebach (pictured at left) explores Scratchbox, GStreamer, Fmemopen, Libcurl, and more. (more…)

FPGAs gain embedded Linux support service

January 22, 2008

Timesys has added Xilinx Virtex FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) to the list of architectures supported by its suite of online services for embedded Linux developers creating and maintaining their own Linux distributions. (more…)

Tutorial explores mobile, embedded Ubuntu

January 22, 2008

IBM DeveloperWorks is hosting a free online tutorial on using the Ubuntu Linux distribution for mobile embedded devices. The tutorial explores Ubuntu 7.10 and the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME) project. (more…)

Low-power x86 board targets Linux network appliances

January 21, 2008

Via is sampling a single-board computer aimed at relatively high-end network appliances based on x86 Linux. Powered by a 1GHz, 1.5GHz, or 2GHz C7 processor, and supporting up to 3.5GB of DDR2 RAM, the Network Appliance Board (NAB) 7500 sports four gigabit Ethernet ports. (more…)

Linux thin clients gain smartcard authentication

January 21, 2008

A German vendor of Linux-compatible thin clients has upgraded its Linux firmware, adding smartcard security protection. Igel Technology's firmware upgrade for thin clients such as its Smart Series (pictured at left) also enables users to run multiple remote desktops on the same screen. (more…)

Multicore MIPS64 chips gain virtualization

January 21, 2008

French embedded virtualization firm Trango Virtual Processors is porting its hypervisor technology to multicore MIPS64 processors from Cavium Networks. The Linux-compatible Trango Hypervisor will be integrated with Cavium's Linux-friendly Octeon line of multi-core processors, with resulting benefits in… (more…)

uClinux-based serial port servers include WiFi

January 21, 2008

VScom is shipping a line of uClinux-based serial port servers designed as an openly programmable RISC-CPU development platform for automation equipment. The OpenNetCom devices come in one, four, and eight-port configurations, and are equipped with WiFi to enable remote monitoring and control of industrial equipment. (more…)

ISA-based SBC runs Linux

January 21, 2008

Acrosser has announced a single board computer (SBC) using a half-size ISA form-factor and featuring a 600MHz Celeron processor. The AR-B5070CM6C, which runs Linux, is intended for installation on a passive backplane, according to the company. (more…)