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Archive for November, 2008

Blockbuster box runs Linux

November 26, 2008

Blockbuster announced a branded version of a IP set-top box and media player from 2Wire that runs Linux on a MIPS-based Broadcom chipset. The Blockbuster version of the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player is used to download videos from Blockbuster OnDemand via broadband, says Blockbuster. (more…)

Palm Pilot VM for Linux updated

November 26, 2008

Access has achieved a third beta release of its Garnet virtual machine (VM) for Nokia's Linux-based Internet tablets. The releases brings improvements to the included Palm Pilot PDA applications, while adding more complete support for the approximately 30,000 extant Palm Pilot applications, Access… (more…)

Linux-focused smartphone vendor announces cuts

November 25, 2008

Palm will restructure its worldwide operations and lay off an unspecified percentage of its 1,050-person staff, reports say. The one-time leader of the smartphone market cited the “time it is taking to ramp up our new Windows Mobile products” among the causes behind the cuts. (more…)

GCC for kernel hackers

November 25, 2008

A new Tim Jones tutorial overviews GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) extensions to ANSI C that may be of special interest to Linux kernel and driver developers. Meanwhile, the GCC development team is readying a new 4.4.0 release with stricter preprocessor checks, among other new features. (more…)

Linux powers free-to-air (FTA) satellite box

November 25, 2008

CaptiveWorks has announced a Linux IP set-top box (STB) and digital video broadcast receiver that offers FTA satellite HD video reception, and media center features. The CW-4000HD Linux Media Center is based on Gentoo Linux and other open source projects, says the company. (more…)

Linux services firm hires MontaVista exec

November 25, 2008

Linux professional services and consulting firm Embedded Alley (EA) announced it has hired MontaVista's Ken Keller as VP of engineering. A pioneer in Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) development, Keller (pictured) will lead the EA technical team, and focus on communications infrastructure products, says the company. (more…)

Robotic arm runs Linux

November 24, 2008

[Updated Nov. 25] — Zurich, Switzerland-based Neuronics has released an open-source embedded Linux version of its “Katana” robot.” The Katana Robotic Arm runs Linux with Xenomai hard real time extensions on a Freescale MPC5200-based control board, and is aimed at industry, production, and research… (more…)

Closed Linux driver problems described

November 24, 2008

[Updated Dec. 3] — Binary-only drivers will never work for the majority of Linux users, Harald Welte told hardware developers at a Taipei conference. The Linux kernel's lack of a binary interface and ever-changing programming interface make binary drivers impractical purely for technical reasons, he suggests. (more…)

Linux hops on STD bus

November 24, 2008

WinSystems announced a Linux-friendly SBC (single board computer) using the venerable STD bus. Offered as a migration path for “key industrial customers,” the fanless LPM-LX800 offers an AMD Geode LX800, up to 1GB of RAM, up to 16GB of CompactFlash, and four serial ports, says WinSystems. (more…)

Wyse beefs up thin clients

November 24, 2008

Wyse Technology announced its first Linux thin clients based on Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise and its first mobile thin client to use Linux. It also announced improved virtualization add-ons, and a new release of ThinOS, its BSD-based thin client implementation. (more…)

DRM client ported to mobile Linux distro

November 24, 2008

A Tokyo-based vendor of embedded security technology has partnered with MontaVista to develop DRM (digital rights management) technology for mobile Linux devices. The Discretix Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) Client will be ported to MontaVista Mobilinux 5.0, says Discretix. (more…)

iPhones to xhost Linux apps

November 21, 2008

An interesting free download aims to let users of heterogeneous mobile devices effectively Xhost Linux applications and desktops, without installing anything. The “NX Web Player” from Italian network computing specialist NoMachine is due early next year, with the 4.0 release of its NX network computing suite. (more…)

Tactical Linux computer muscles up

November 21, 2008

Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a more powerful version of its rugged tactical mission computer. The Parvus DuraCor 810-Duo runs Linux on a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and targets “high reliability” military and homeland defense applications, says the company. (more…)

Virtualization technology targets multi-core ARM

November 21, 2008

VirtualLogix is touting its virtualization firmware's ability to support multicore ARM processors. The company is demonstrating VLX on quad-core ARM11 chips, and says the product is ready for Cortex-A9 or any other multicore ARM processors that use ARM's five-year-old MPCore interconnect technology. (more…)

Die-shrunk x86 SoC draws 2 Watts at 1GHz

November 20, 2008

DMP Electronics announced a 32-bit x86-compatible SoC (system on chip) claimed to run Linux using under two Watts. The Vortex86DX targets home gateways, thin clients, and industrial controllers, and offers an “embedded redundancy” feature that can link two boards, says DMP. (more…)

Webinars explore RTOS-to-Linux driver migration

November 20, 2008

MontaVista Software announced two educational webinars on porting real-time operating system (RTOS) drivers to embedded Linux. Presented by Linuxpundit.com's Bill Weinberg (pictured) on Dec. (more…)

Open phone goes robotic

November 20, 2008

Toronto, Ontario-based Koolu announced that it will release a version of Google's Linux/Java Android stack optimized for Openmoko's Neo FreeRunner Linux phone. A beta of “Android for FreeRunner” is due the first week of December, says Koolu, which will also sell the FreeRunner loaded with Android. (more…)

MontaVista touts Android readiness

November 19, 2008

MontaVista announced that it will support developers who use MontaVista Linux with Google's Linux/Java Android mobile platform. In other Android news, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and Korean handset manufacturer KTF will produce an Android phone next year, says a Reuters story. (more…)

USB Linux key targets netbooks

November 19, 2008

French mini-PC vendor Linutop announced a version of its Ubuntu 8.4-based Linux distribution on a USB key targeting Asus Eee PCs. The key (pictured) is based on its small-footprint Linutop 2.2 distro, which is designed for ultra-low-powered systems such as its own Linutop 2 mini-PC. (more…)

Via panel PC resists shock, liquids

November 19, 2008

Via announced a fanless panel PC that runs Linux, and resists both liquids and dust. The “VIPRO VP7710” includes Via's Eden or C7 processors, a 10.4-inch touchscreen display, gigabit Ethernet, three serial ports, and two USB 2.0 ports, the company says. (more…)