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Archive for May, 2009

Hypervisor rev’d for higher reliability

May 22, 2009

Xen.org announced release 3.4 of its widely deployed, Xen virtualization hypervisor, which is widely used in Linux environments. The open source Xen 3.4 offers device pass-through improvements using Xen Client Initiative (XCI) technology, enhanced integration with the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, and improved reliability and power management, says the project. (more…)

Eurotech spins Atom development kits

May 22, 2009

Eurotech announced six different development kits for customers wanting to create products based on Intel's Z5xx processors. The “Atom Development Systems,” mostly mounted on Plexiglas carriers with foldout LCD displays and onboard storage, are available with Linux images. (more…)

Home media server to demo on Intel Atom platform

May 22, 2009

[Updated: 12PM] — At Computex, Intel and Amahi plan to demonstrate an embedded version of the latter's Amahi Linux Home Server software designed for Intel Atom N270 processors. The open source Home Digital Assistant (HDA) will provide media sharing and backup on integrated media servers and home routers, says Amahi. (more…)

Atom boards feature fanless DC operation

May 21, 2009

Portwell has announced two fanless, battery-operable Mini-ITX motherboards using Intel Atom N270 processors. The WADE-8071 and WADE-8170 work off DC power, include CompactFlash slots, have PCI Express x1 expansion slots, support dual displays, and have gigabit Ethernet, says Portwell. (more…)

Low-cost pluggable NAS adds Linux support

May 21, 2009

A $100 networked-attached storage (NAS) device using the Marvell SheevaPlug reference design has been updated to support Linux desktops. The Cloud Engines Pogoplug NAS, which gained 64-bit OS support and easier searching and sharing software, also received its own plug from The New York Times. (more…)

Taiwan open source conference sets agenda

May 21, 2009

An agenda has been posted for the FreedomHEC Taipei open source conference in Taiwan. Scheduled for June 10-11, the conference focuses on embedded hardware running open source Linux, and includes presentations on Linux fast-boot technology, GPL licensing, the Qi bootloader, and… (more…)

Linux development platform takes on license compliance

May 21, 2009

Embedded Alley has upgraded its “Development System for Linux” with tools to create software Bills of Materials, track open source components, trace binary sources, and help OEMs comply with open source license obligations. (more…)

Cisco settles with FSF on GPL violations

May 21, 2009

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) have announced an agreement that will end their lawsuit against Cisco/Linksys regarding GPL violations. (more…)

Modular open source phone runs OMAP3x SoC

May 20, 2009

Open source hacker community GizmoForYou is shipping a Linux hardware/software kit for building a modular touchcreen smartphone. Based on the OMAP35x-based Gumstix Overo Earth single-board computer (SBC), the Flow phone offers modules including GPS, 3.5G cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a camera, says the group. (more…)

GNU tools touted for faster compiling

May 20, 2009

CodeSourcery has updated its commercially supported GNU- and Eclipse-based software development toolkits with compiler optimizations and other enhancements. The Spring release of Sourcery G++ also offers a QEMU emulator and updated runtime library routines, as well as new IDE debugging support, says the company. (more…)

Palm Pre’s price and launch date target iPhone

May 20, 2009

Palm says its Linux-based Palm Pre smartphone will debut on the Sprint 3G network on June 6, priced at an iPhone-like $200, says eWEEK. However, the Pre is going to require substantial developer support before it beats the iPhone, eWEEK quotes a Gartner analyst as saying. (more…)

Multi-core SoCs go superscalar

May 20, 2009

RMI Corp. unveiled a superscalar, 40nm-fabricated addition to its family of multi-core MIPS64-based system-on-chips (SoCs) that can support both data- and control-plane processing. The first member of the Linux-compatible XLP family is the XLP832, which can mix eight “EC4400” cores clocked at 500MHz to over 2GHz, the chipmaker says. (more…)

Intel leaks details of “Pine Trail” Atom

May 19, 2009

Intel has provided a few details of its next-generation Atom platform for netbooks, code-named “Pine Trail.” The new platform shrinks the number of chips required to develop a device down to two, the CPU package called “Pineview” and the I/O controller called “Tiger Point,” reports say. (more…)

TI taps open source media streaming plugin

May 19, 2009

Aiming to improve Linux multimedia development using its processors, Texas Instruments (TI) has released a version of the open source GStreamer media plugin for its OMAP35x and DaVinci system-on-chips (SoCs). The Linux-based GStreamer library supports development of audio and video playback, audio and video synchronization, and recording capabilities, says TI. (more…)

Moblin v2 beta targets netbooks

May 19, 2009

[Updated: 2:30PM] — Moblin.org has released the beta version of its open-source Linux “Moblin v2.0 for Netbooks and Nettops” stack. The Moblin beta shows extensive upgrades in the user interface (UI), including a new toolbar (pictured), and an “m_zone” home page that aggregates social networking content. (more…)

Linux-ready netbook touted as “Student rugged”

May 19, 2009

Dell is readying a netbook for the K-12 educational market with a rubberized case and an optional touchscreen. Incorporating an Intel Atom N270 with 1GB RAM, the Latitude 2100 offers a 10.1-inch display, WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, up to 250GB storage, and Ubuntu Linux, says Dell. (more…)

Tutorial explores buildroot development

May 18, 2009

Part Five of Simtec's series on embedded Linux system development examines end-of-project strategies for the example ARM-based web kiosk system, and then walks users through buildroot development. (more…)

Video overlay controller offers Linux-ready SDK

May 18, 2009

[Updated: May 20] — Advanced Micro Peripherals announced a PC/104-Plus-format multi-channel video controller board with a Linux-compatible SDK. The VAC2000 PC/104-Plus offers annotation and overlay functions, and can blend images from its dual analog NTSC/PAL channels, mixing real-time video with graphics and text, says… (more…)

Low-cost thin client offers choice of protocols

May 18, 2009

Igel Technology announced a $186 thin client for small and home office (SOHO) businesses and “unmanaged” environments. The Igel One runs Linux on a Via Eden processor clocked at 400MHz, with 512MB RAM, 1GB flash, and Ethernet and USB connectivity, says the company. (more…)

Remote monitoring device offers 3G modem

May 18, 2009

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications vendor Sixnet is shipping a cellular-enabled remote monitoring and control device that runs Linux. The PowerPC-based R.A.M. (Remote Access and Monitoring) device enables remote monitoring of data logging and SCADA operations via secure cellular networks, says the company. (more…)