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Archive for May, 2008

Touchpanel PC boots Linux in two seconds

May 30, 2008

Technologic Systems is readying a rugged WVGA touchpanel PC based on a fast-booting ARM9-based single board computer (SBC). The TS-TPC-7390 Touch Panel Computer incorporates the Debian Linux-based TS-7390 SBC, which is equipped with a 200MHz ARM9 CPU from Cirrus and a Lattice FPGA (field-programmable gate array). (more…)

Distros add light, embeddable DB

May 30, 2008

The Firebird Project announced that the newest release of its lightweight, open-source SQL database has been added to Debian “experimental,” OpenSUSE 11 RC1, and Ubuntu's forthcoming “Intrepid Ibex” distributions. (more…)

Podcasts tackle PowerPC, Linux security, Red Hat

May 30, 2008

The IBM Linux Technology Center has been churning out the podcasts this month, with topics including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.2, security, PowerPC, Hugetlbfs, and OpenSim (pictured). Meanwhile, the center is seeking listener questions for an upcoming Josh Boyer podcast on embedded PowerPC development. (more…)

Google shows off Android goodies

May 29, 2008

Search giant Google yesterday demonstrated gesture- and touchscreen-based password entry on a prototype Linux Android phone, according to reports. Part of a Google developer conference, the demonstration also reportedly showed off a “compass” feature that adjusts Google Maps' Street View according… (more…)

LF Summit videos posted

May 29, 2008

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit held on April 8-10 in Austin, Texas, may have been invitation only, but fortunately the LF has posted videos for the rest of us. The videos include sessions on mobile Linux, kernel development, and the boom in Linux laptops. (more…)

Via unveils “Nano” processors

May 28, 2008

Via Technologies has announced the first processors based on its new x86-compatible “Isaiah” micro-architecture. The “Nano” processors are pin-compatible with Via's existing C7 processor family, and occupy similar power and footprint envelopes, while doubling or quadrupling performance, Via claims. (more…)

SIP application server runs on Linux

May 28, 2008

Nortel announced a carrier-grade application server aimed at providers of broadband SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) voice and other IP-based services. The Nortel Adaptive Application Engine (AAE) runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and provides Web 2.0 services such as social networking along with IP voice and multimedia, says Nortel. (more…)

European embedded Linux conference seeks papers

May 28, 2008

The second annual Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) European Conference is set for November 6 and 7 in Ede, The Netherlands. Prospective speakers and presenters have until June 29 to submit proposals. (more…)

NAS hackers allege GPL violation

May 28, 2008

[Updated May 29] — A community website devoted to sharing information about Linux-based NAS (network attached storage) servers has added a “GPL” page to collect vendor distributions of GPL-licensed source code. (more…)

$7 ARM9 SoC gains development support

May 28, 2008

Timesys is offering a LinuxLink subscription for Atmel's ARM9-based AT91SAM9G20 system-on-chip (SoC). The subscription includes a 2.6.25 Linux kernel, toolchain, and hundreds of glibC and uClibc packages optimized for the low-power $7 SoC, says Timesys. (more…)

Configurable $6 65nm ARM9 chip runs Linux

May 28, 2008

STMicroelectronics (STM) has announced an ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip) that comes with a Linux development board, and targets printers, scanners, and digital picture frames. The “SPEAr Basic” has an ARM926EJ-S core, a 300Kgate customizable logic array, and 10/100 Ethernet, USB, serial, IrDA interfaces, the company says. (more…)

Mini laptop has open-source case

May 27, 2008

Via Technologies has unveiled a Linux-compatible miniature notebook reference design boasting an 8.9-inch screen, interchangeable local and wide area networking modules, and a “dual-headed” video camera. The Via “OpenBook” also features an open source case design that users can download in CAD (computer-aided design) file format. (more…)

Low-cost Linux laptop targets British education market

May 27, 2008

Elonex is taking orders for a sub-$200 Linux-based laptop aimed at the British educational market. Based on a 300MHz processor, the Elonex One includes WiFi, Ethernet, Flash storage, USB, and a 7-inch, 800 x 480 detachable touch display. (more…)

Linux gains “embedded” maintainers

May 27, 2008

Linux kernel development is funded mostly by “enterprise” interests; yet, Linux is the top OS in devices and embedded systems. Now, two “embedded” maintainers have been added, and an official “linux-embedded” mailing list launched, to ensure that embedded interests are represented under Linux's… (more…)

Linux-based PMP gains WiFi access system

May 27, 2008

Slacker Inc. says its Linux-based personal music player (PMP) can now connect itself automatically to “hundreds of thousands” of WiFi hotspots. The Slacker Portable's new capabilities come thanks to the addition of DeviceScape Connect, a login client and service designed to connect browser-less devices to wireless networks… (more…)

ARM11 SoC targets PMP, PNDs

May 27, 2008

Freescale Semiconductor has announced the latest in its i.MX line of Linux-friendly multimedia system-on-chips (SoCs) for mobile devices. Based on technology received when Freescale acquired SigmaTel, the i.MX37 processor is aimed at the portable media player (PMP), mobile Internet, and personal navigation device (PND) markets, says Freescale. (more…)

Mini-ITX board signs up for new chipset

May 23, 2008

Via has announced a mini-ITX motherboard that combines the company's C7 processor and VX800 chipset. Targeting digital signage applications, the Epia M700 has dual gigabit Ethernet controllers, offers an array of video and audio interfaces, and includes a PCI expansion slot, says Via. (more…)

Carrier-grade boards boast Scope compliance

May 23, 2008

Embedded Planet is shipping two carrier-grade telecom boards with Linux board support packages (BSPs). Based on Freescale PowerPC systems-on-chips (SoCs), the boards are among the first to boast compliance with the Scope Alliance's AMC-1 (Advanced Mezzanine Card) profile. (more…)

Citrix ships virtual desktop platform

May 22, 2008

Citrix has begun shipping its new software for delivering virtualized Windows desktops to thin clients running Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, and other operating systems. XenDesktop dynamically assembles a “pristine, high-performing desktop,” with personalized applications and settings, every time a user logs on, says… (more…)

Linux phone design house opens Korean office

May 22, 2008

A French company that designs mobile phones based on Linux and the LiMo Platform has announced the opening of a sales office in Seoul, Korea. The new Purple Labs office will be run by Grant Jang, reporting to Gordon Tsang (pictured), the company's SVP for Asia. (more…)