The Arch Linux team has released the first new all-in-one update for its minimalist, rolling-release Linux distribution in 15 months. The Arch Linux 2011.08.19 installation features support for Linux 3.0 and the syslinux bootloader, and offers experimental Btrfs and NILFS2 file-systems, and more flexible source-file selection, says the team.
Archive for August, 2011
X10 has begun selling a seven-inch Android 2.3 tablet for $200. The X10 AirPad has a 1.2GHz, Cortex-A8-based Rockchip 2918 processor, 4GB of flash storage, a seven-inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive display, a two-megapixel camera, plus an HDMI output delivering 1080p, says the company.
Nexcom announced two open-frame panel PCs, designed to be incorporated in devices such as ATMs, kiosks, and vending machines. The 15-inch OPPC 1520T and 17-inch OPPC 1720T have resistive touchscreens, dual-core Atom D525 processors, CompactFlash and Mini PCI Express slots, and bays for 2.5-inch hard disk drives, according to the company.
Qnap is shipping two desktop Turbo NAS network-attached storage servers with 3.3GHz Intel Core i3 processors, aimed at high-end SMB environments. The 10-drive TS-1079 Pro and eight-drive TS-879 Pro offer RAID, iSCSI, and SATA 6Gb/s support, plus dual eSATA ports, six USB ports (two of them USB 3.0), and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, with an option to add dual 10GbE ports.
Intel, Freescale, and Marvell are being targeted in a lawsuit claiming they've infringed on a 1996 patent involving on-chip power management. The complaint by “Power Management Systems LLC” reportedly names Intel's Atom Z6xx, Freescale's i.MX515, and Marvell's PXA940 as relevant products, adding that the alleged infringement is not necessarily limited to these processors.
Parrot is readying what it claims is the world's first Android-based car receiver for an October release. The Parrot Asteroid offers a 3.2-inch display, GPS-based location services, Bluetooth, optional 3G access to web services, a 4 x 55 Watt MOSFET amplifier, plus support for music sources including Internet radio and a built-in FM/AM tuner.
Samsung announced four new Android 2.3 Galaxy smartphones, as well as a new naming scheme for the Galaxy product line. The new phones include the Galaxy W (3.7-inch, 1.4GHz), the QWERTY-enabled Galaxy M Pro (2.66-inch, 1GHz), the Galaxy Y (three-inch, 832MHz), and the keyboard-ready Galaxy Y Pro, according to the company.
NFC is coming to Android tablets this fall, in two seven-inch, Android 2.3 models announced by Sharp and TazTag respectively. The Sharp RW-T107 is an enterprise-focused tablet that supports the Sony Felica flavor of NFC in Japan, while TazTag's TazTab combines NFC with a biometric fingerprint scanner, plus ZigBee, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and optional 3G.
IEI announced a fanless embedded controller that's remotely manageable even without an operating system installed, thanks to ASF (Alert Standard Format) 2.0 compliance. The TANK-101B uses CompactFlash or hard disk storage, comes with Intel Atom N455 or D5235 processors, offers four serial ports (one isolated), sports two CAN ports, and includes a Mini PCI Express slot, according to the company.
Researchers have uncovered Android 2.3 malware known as “GingerMaster,” which takes advantage of a jailbreak exploit to gain root access and execute instructions from a remote server. Meanwhile, McAfee Labs says malware developers are focusing on Android more than any other platform — but adds that the number of actual threats found on smartphones in the wild remains small.
Portwell announced a fanless vehicle computer that is claimed to boot in less than five seconds, thanks to Coreboot technology. The PCS-8277 has a AMD G-Series processor, two 2.5-inch bays for SATA devices, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and support for wireless networking plus a GPS receiver, according to the company.
Google announced a preview release of the Google TV add-on for the Android SDK, supported on Linux with KVM emulation. The add-on lets Android app developers start preparing their software for porting to Google TV, in anticipation of the Android 3.x “Honeycomb” IPTV platform that's expected to ship later this year.
Sony Ericsson announced a music-oriented Android 2.3 smartphone with a dedicated Walkman music button and “deep” Facebook integration. Due to ship in the fourth quarter, the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman offers a 1GHz processor, a 3.2-inch inch display with 480 x 320 pixels, a five-megapixel camera, a front-facing VGA webcam, plus Sony Qriocity music and video content services.
Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C) announced a deal through which CS2C's Linux-based NeoKylin Linux Server distribution will be matched with Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture. The combined offering, which puts Microsoft in the unlikely business of selling Linux solutions, is aimed at developing cloud applications in China, and is expected to be deployed in the defense infrastructure, as well as industry at large.
Ximea GmbH announced new “smart cameras” that include AMD G-Series processors and monochrome or color image sensors ranging from WVGA (752 x 480 pixels) to five megapixels. The Currera-G devices include flash storage, microSD slots, VGA and Ethernet ports, and isolated digital I/O, the company says.
Wind River announced a new version of its Linux-ready, embedded device test automation software. Wind River Test Management 4.0 can now identify high-risk segments in production code, as well as focus testing solely on changes made between builds, among other new features, says the company.
Sales of the “discontinued” HP TouchPad have been brisk after its price was cut to as little as $99, and hackers are working overtime to port Ubuntu and Android to the WebOS-based tablet. Meanwhile, analysts speculate on who might acquire HP's WebOS operations, which include a 2,000-plus patent portfolio that one analyst says could recoup the cost of HP's Palm acquisition.
AMD announced three additions to its E- and C-Series “Fusion” APUs: the 1GHz C-60, the 1.3GHz E-300, and the 1.65GHz E-450. All offer “all-day battery life,” DisplayPort++ and HDMI 1.4a support, and the ability to use 1333MHz DDR3 memory, while the C-60 and E-450 add a new Turbo mode.
If Google were to make Android proprietary, with devices built exclusively by Motorola, it could earn $10.5 billion in profits by 2015, yet that still may not be worth it, says Piper Jaffray. Meanwhile, Google's Motorola acquisition should bolster Google TV, other analysts say.
The LinuxCon conference that ended Aug. 19 in Vancouver featured a 20th Anniversary Gala for Linux and plenty of discussions on a fast-changing industry. Highlights included a call for a long-term Linux kernel, keynotes from Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst and IBM Linux guru Irving Wladawsky-Berger, and fork-loving Linus Torvalds taking a mellow approach to the code rift with Android.