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LinuxDevices year-end review: Top technology stories of 2007

Dec 26, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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JANUARY


DEBIAN ARM ACCELERATES WITH EABI PORT
Embedded system specialist Applied Data Systems (ADS) has contributed an experimental new root filesystem for the ARM architecture to the Debian project. Comprised of 9,877 packages and growing, the ADS-contributed filesystem offers greatly improved floating point performance, thanks to… support for ARM's EABI (embedded application binary interface). Details


FEBRUARY


LINUX HACKERS TACKLE WIFI HASSLES
When it comes to troublesome Linux peripherals, WiFi takes the cake. Sparked by the Portland Project's efforts to bring standardization to the Linux desktop, the Linux wireless developer community tackled this problem at its second Linux Wireless Summit last month in London. Details


APRIL


GNOME INITIATIVE TARGETS MOBILE AND EMBEDDED APPS
The Gnome Foundation has launched a Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE), it announced today. The Initiative aims to “advance the use, development and commercialization of GNOME components as a mobile and embedded user experience platform,” according to its mission statement. Details


MAY


LINUX PATCHES ADD INSIGHT INTO MEMORY USAGE
Matt Mackall, principal developer for the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), is working on a set of kernel patches that let users access detailed, page-level run-time information on process memory usage. Mackall's work stands to make the kernel's virtual memory system much less of a “black box.” Details

COMING SOON: “UBUNTU MOBILE AND EMBEDDED”
This week saw news that Canonical, the commercial parent of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, is readying a version of its distribution specifically for mobile and embedded devices. Contrary to rumors, however, the new version of Ubuntu will target “mobile Internet devices” (MIDs), not mobile phones (at least initially). Read our two news items on this topic:

* UBUNTU EYES MOBILE LINUX DEVICES
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* UBUNTU MOBILE TO TARGET MIDs, NOT PHONES
Details

MOZILLA'S FIREFOX STRATEGY INCLUDES MOBILE PHONES
The Mozilla Foundation is working to adapt the Firefox browser to mobile devices, such as Linux-based phones, according to an APCMag interview with Mozilla CEO Winifred “Mitchell” Baker. Baker said the company is also investigating mobile content services with a server component, similar to Opera Mini. Details

A LINUX COMPUTER IN EVERY GARAGE?
A U.S. government- and industry-led coalition aiming to equip every car and roadside in America with wirelessly connected computers has tapped Linux for a prototype design. The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VII-C) hopes to lower driver death rates, reduce traffic jams, and media-enable cars before 2017. Details

LINUX HOT AT TOP JAPANESE EMBEDDED CONFERENCE
Japan's largest embedded conference of the year reportedly featured a growing number of Linux-related demonstrations, compared to previous years. Linux appears to be making inroads among Japanese consumer electronics vendors, and to be gradually taking marketshare away from iTron, long the top Japanese embedded operating system. Details


JUNE


UBUNTU'S MOBILE AND EMBEDDED PROJECT ADVANCES
Following two months of planning, Canonical Ltd. has updated the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME) project's architecture roadmap. UME aims to create a version of the popular Ubuntu desktop Linux OS tailored to the requirements of Intel-based “mobile Internet devices” (MIDs), expected in 2008. Details


JULY


LINUX TO GAIN “COMPLETELY FAIR SCHEDULER”
The next release of the Linux kernel will apparently gain an all-new scheduler said to deliver better desktop scheduling. Ingo Molnar's CFS (“completely fair scheduler”) implements a fair scheduling approach long advocated by Con “Conman” Kolivas, a practicing Australian medical doctor specializing in anaesthesia. Details

STANDARD LINUX NOW RUNS ON DSPS
A new Linux kernel released over the weekend adds native support for Analog Devices Inc.'s Blackfin DSP (digital signal processor) architecture. The Linux 2.6.22 release supports six shipping Blackfin DSPs, along with several development boards. Details

OPEN SOURCE HA MIDDLEWARE PROJECT TAKES OFF
Motorola says the open source high availability (HA) software project it launched four months ago has made considerable progress. The OpenSAF project has achieved an initial 1.0 code release, and Motorola has started the process of forming an “industry-wide consortium” to steward the project. Details

INTEL LAUNCHES MOBILE LINUX INITIATIVE
Intel has unveiled an ambitious project aimed at developing open source software for mobile devices. The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists, and an IRC channel. Details

LINUX TO GAIN “MULTI-TOUCH” CAPABILITIES
Linux may soon gain “multi-touch” support similar to that found in Apple's iPhone. The MPX (multi-pointer X) project is currently developing software aimed at enabling multiple cursors and input devices on standard OSes that use the X Window System, such as Linux and BSD. Details

OPEN-SOURCE BROWSER TARGETS LINUX GADGETS
A software development firm in Montpellier, France recently released a new open-source browser intended for use in consumer device applications. Pleyo's “Origyn Web Browser” (OWB) is based on the open-source WebKit Web browser engine, and targets mobile phones, PMPs, PVRs, GPS gadgets, and more. Details


AUGUST


NOKIA DIRECTOR SPEAKS ON LINUX, OPEN SOURCE
“Linux is the launching pad you need to stand on to be productive,” said Nokia's open source director, Ari Jaaksi, at LinuxWorld Wednesday. “We have never managed to bring out a product in such a short time, with so few resources,” he added, referring to Nokia's Linux-based Internet tablets. Details

HOW LINUX BECAME A MOBILE PHONE OS
Linux started out on desktops and servers, but has now shipped on about 20 million mobile phones. Ever wonder how it made the jump? In a new whitepaper, embedded industry pioneer Jim Ready offers a concise technical retrospective on Linux's transition into a mobile phone OS. Details

ROBOT SOFTWARE PLATFORM SHOOTOUT!
Today's nascent robotics market has engendered about 10 general-purpose software development frameworks for service robots. This article surveys seven of them, and sketches the other three, before concluding with an analysis of market trends likely to shape tomorrow's robotics software landscape. Details


SEPTEMBER


KDE PORTED TO NOKIA'S LINUX-POWERED WEB TABLETS
A community developer has ported Linux's KDE desktop environment to Nokia's Internet tablets. The port appears to run on both the N800 and — with the addition of an RS-MMC card upgrade — the older 770 tablet. Details

USB 3.0 AROUND THE CORNER?
Super-fast USB 3.0 technology may begin to supersede USB 2.0 in 2008. Drawing on technology developed by HP, Microsoft, NEC, NXP, Texas Instruments, and Intel, a USB 3.0 Promoter Group hopes to deliver by mid-2008 a proposed spec for backwards-compatible USB ten times faster than today's 480Mbps technology. Details


OCTOBER


ARM AIMS LINUX INITIATIVE AT MOBILE INTERNET DEVICES
ARM Ltd. has unveiled a sweeping project designed to ensure that its processors support a modern Web browsing experience on mobile devices running Linux. Spearheaded by embedded Linux service provider Movial, ARM and unnamed partners will port GNOME, Firefox, and associated browser plugins to specific hardware based on ARMv5/6/7 architectures. Details

INTEL AIMS TO REDUCE LINUX POWER CONSUMPTION
Intel has launched an open source project focused on lowering power consumption in Linux-based systems and devices. The project, dubbed “LessWatts.org,” aims to “meet the growing demands for increased energy efficiency across the computing spectrum spanning servers in data centers to personal mobile devices.” Details

LINUX KERNEL 2.6.23 BRINGS NEW SCHEDULER, MORE
The newest Linux kernel, released earlier this month, adds a desktop-oriented scheduler, better memory management, more ALSA and other device drivers, and enough new virtualization features to make Linux the most virtualization-friendly of all the operating systems. Details


NOVEMBER


MADDOG TALKS LINUX DEVICES
Jon “maddog” Hall has made a featured guest appearance on a podcast series devoted to embedded Linux development. The veteran Linux promoter discusses binary kernel drivers, mixing proprietary and GPL software, and his “secret” retirement plan in the latest episode of TimeSys's Linux Radio podcast. Details


DECEMBER


DIRECT FROM LINZ: 28 PAPERS ON REAL-TIME LINUX
LinuxDevices has published the full text of 28 papers from the Ninth Real-Time Linux Workshop, Nov. 2-3 in Linz, Austria. We are also proud to publish an article describing the event, written by organizers Peter Wurmsdobler and Nicholas McGuire, and complete with photos by Mike Rumpler. Details

MXM EMERGES AS NEW CPU MODULE FORM FACTOR
Taiwanese board vendor Embedian announced two creditcard sized computer modules that use the MXM (Mobile PCI Express Module) format, Nvidia's laptop graphics card standard. The company says its MXM-based modules are similar in size to SODIMM modules, while offering 242 pins to SODIMM's 200. Details


Most Significant Stories for 2007


 
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