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Archive for 2009

Open source Silverlight clone rev’d

December 17, 2009

The Novell-backed Moonlight project released the final Moonlight 2, an open source Linux/Unix clone of Microsoft's Silverlight framework that offers improved media streaming via open source media codecs. Novell and Microsoft also announced they will continue their Moonlight collaboration, and extend Microsoft's patent covenant to Moonlight distributors other than Novell.

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PC fits into keyboard, uses only five Watts

December 17, 2009

Thailand-based NorhTec announced a device touted as “the world's most energy-efficient desktop computer,” offered for only $99 with the Linux version. Built into a standard-sized keyboard, the “Gecko Surfboard” runs on a 1GHz x86 SoC (system on chip), operates fanlessly, and uses just five Watts, the company says.

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LAN appliance hosts CPUs up to 3GHz

December 16, 2009

Lanner announced a Linux-ready network appliance that sports up to 8GB of RAM and seven Ethernet ports. Featuring LAN bypass on two of its ports, the FW-7580 supports a variety of Intel CPUs, has a 40-character front panel display, and offers both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, the company says.

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x86 SBCs gain flashy new Linux SDKs

December 16, 2009

Diamond Systems announced software development kits (SDKs) that include solid-state IDE flashdisk modules. Preloaded with Linux 2.6.23, the bootable modules plug directly into Diamond's boards, supplying all required drivers, the company says.

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Motherboards sport Via’s Nano CPUs

December 16, 2009

Via announced two motherboards using its Nano processors and VX800 northbridge/southbridge. The mini-ITX Epia M800 and nano-ITX Epia N800 both support HD video and offer a wide variety of I/O connections, according to the company.

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Cisco 802.11n router for SMBs runs Linux

December 16, 2009

Cisco announced a Linux-based WiFi router touted as the first 802.11n dual-band clustering access point for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Cisco AP 541N Wireless Access Point includes 802.11n, gigabit Ethernet, “robust” security, voice roaming, and clustering technology, enabling a single point of administration for multiple access points.

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$99 netbook runs Linux

December 15, 2009

[Updated, Dec. 17] — Cherrypal has released a device touted as the “world's first $99 laptop” and announced an upgrade to a previously released netbook. The “Africa” has a seven-inch display and runs Linux on a 400MHz ARM or MIPS processor, while the “Bing” has an Atom N280 and offers five hours of battery life.

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Cortex-A8 modules gain development kits

December 15, 2009

Gumstix announced four product packs for its Texas Instruments OMAP3530-based Overo computer-on-modules (COMs). The packages, which include EVM, Wireless, Network, and Breakout packs, combine different versions of the Linux-ready Overo COM with various expansion boards, cables, and other peripherals to meet a wide range of design requirements, says the company.

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GPLv2 copyright suit targets 14 firms

December 14, 2009

On behalf of the developers of the BusyBox embedded utilities collection, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) filed suit against 14 consumer electronics companies for violating GPLv2 licensing requirements. The lawsuit covers almost 20 Linux-based products, from companies including Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, and JVC, says the SFLC.

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Southern California Linux conference seeks papers

December 14, 2009

The call for papers to the eighth annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 8x) has been extended to Dec. 24. Scheduled to be held at the Westin LAX on Feb. 19-21, the event offers presentations covering embedded topics, such as netbooks, Moblin, and improving embedded start-up time, say the organizers.

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Google’s Nexus One Android phone makes a splash

December 14, 2009

Google confirmed it is testing an in-house Android 2.1 phone, which reports claim is the FCC-approved, HTC-manufactured “Nexus One,” says eWEEK. If the Google-branded phone is sold commercially, as some reports suggest, Google can take comfort by an IDC study that says mobile Internet traffic will double in four years.

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GUI framework supports Android, adds Lua scripting

December 14, 2009

Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) announced a new version of its Linux-ready “FancyPants” lightweight embedded graphics framework for consumer electronics. FancyPants 3.0 adds Android support, 3D effects, virtualization and multi-processor support, and “Lua” scripting, and it decouples UI design from underlying code, enabling more third-party control over UI modifications, says FST.

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Nanotech ink turns paper into batteries

December 11, 2009

Stanford University researchers have demonstrated a way to turn ordinary paper into a battery, which may be crumpled or pressed into any form. It's said the low-cost technology promises greater durability, higher efficiency, and faster energy transfer than traditional batteries.

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Industrial PC supports range of I/O modules

December 11, 2009

Acromag announced an industrial PC with an internal carrier card, designed to accept up to four SCSI II-interfaced I/O modules. The IOS-7200 runs Linux or Windows on an AMD Geode LX800 CPU, uses hard disk or solid state storage, has a CompactFlash slot, and runs fanlessly, according to the company.

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Network appliance offers up to 10 GbE ports

December 11, 2009

Acrosser is shipping a fanless 1U network appliance that runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.x. The AR-R5100FL is a 19-inch rackmount system that incorporates an Intel EP80579 (“Tolapai”) SoC with Intel QuickAssist technology, along with six to ten gigabit Ethernet ports, and dual USB, serial, and SATA ports.

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Linux development platform targets multimedia SoCs

December 11, 2009

Timesys announced that its LinuxLink embedded Linux development framework supports NetLogic Microsystems' MIPS32-based Alchemy Au1250 and Alchemy Au1300 system-on-chips (SoCs). The LinuxLink framework provides access to hundreds of open source Linux middleware packages, as well as automated development tools for processors used in mobile consumer electronics, says the company.

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Power-efficient chipset supports Linux

December 10, 2009

Via announced a Linux-ready chipset claimed to be the industry's most power-efficient supporting Microsoft's DirectX 10.1. Including the VN1000 northbridge and VT8261 southbridge, the chipset supports up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, provides smooth HD video playback, and includes dual-channel support for displays including HDMI and DisplayPort, the company says.

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Ubuntu-ready Dell desktop looks like a nettop

December 10, 2009

Dell announced new Ubuntu Linux-ready OptiPlex desktops, including a power-efficient model claimed to be the “world's smallest fully-functional commercial desktop.” In addition to the 9.4 x 2.6 x 9.3-inch, Intel Core 2 Duo-ready OptiPlex 780 USFF desktop, Dell announced a 13-inch Vostro V13 laptop that also offers Ubuntu.

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Hackable Android handheld game device uses Cortex-A8 SoC

December 10, 2009

HardKernel is shipping a developer-focused handheld game device that runs Android and offers source code, schematics, and a debug board. The $350 Odroid is based on a Cortex-A8 Samsung S5PC100 clocked to 833Mhz, and offers 10GB of flash, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 720p video via HDMI, plus WiFi, Bluetooth, and accelerometers.

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i.MX35 dev kit runs Linux

December 10, 2009

Intrinsyc has announced a SOM (system on module) and carrier board built around Freescale's i.MX35. The Linux-ready “CerfBoard 35” includes the processor, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 64MB of NOR flash, and 256MB of NAND flash, while the carrier adds a bevy of ports and a connector for an optional touchscreen display, the company says.

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