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Archive for February, 2000

MobileLinux can’t compete with Symbian

February 25, 2000

Justin Pearse writes, at ZDNet UK . . .

“On Thursday at CeBIT, the Symbian consortium dismissed as hype Transmeta's claim that MobileLinux would establish itself as the dominant platform for the mobile Internet.” (more…)

Samsung launches first Linux PDA

February 25, 2000

Justin Pearse writes, at ZDNet UK . . .

Samsung's Yopy offers a browser, MP3 player, and Compact Flash all in one little box. (more…)

CNET: Ericsson using Opera browser in Linux-based phone

February 25, 2000

Paul Festa writes in CNET News.com . . .

“Swedish wireless telecommunications equipment provider Ericsson will use Norwegian Opera Software's Linux-compatible browser in the Ericsson Cordless Screen Phone HS210, which offers both cordless telephony and Internet access. The Linux operating system has been making inroads in the market for nontraditional computing and Web-browsing devices.”

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vnunet.com: Speech-based PDAs debut at Cebit

February 24, 2000

Dennis Howlett, of vnunet.com, writes . . .

“Speech technology specialists Lernout and Hauspie will this week demonstrate a prototype of a PDA that responds to spoken commands. L&H said that with the right partner support, the device could ship as a working product before the end of this year.” (more…)

New lower-cost Sun Microsystems SBC line supports Linux

February 24, 2000

(company press release) Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a new, cost-effective board product targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) addressing the ISP and thin server markets. The first in a new PCI-based product line, the SPARCengine Ultra AXe motherboard enables OEMs to rapidly “Build for the Dot-Com Age.” (more…)

CNET.com: Lineo deals push Linux into gadgets

February 24, 2000

Stephen Shankland, of CNET.com, writes . . .

“With eight strategic alliances and an acquisition, start-up Lineo has taken major steps forward in its effort to sell Linux software for use in TV set-top boxes and other non-PC devices.” (more…)

National adds Linux support to Geode integrated processor

February 24, 2000

HANNOVER, Germany — (BUSINESS WIRE) — National Semiconductor Corporation today announced that it has licensed Citrix Systems, Inc.'s Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) client software for the Linux operating system. National, a leading provider of silicon solutions and development platforms for the thin client market, will use Citrix ICA to provide its customers the most enhanced solution utilizing… (more…)

Ericsson cordless phone / Internet appliance runs Linux

February 24, 2000

Stockholm, Sweden — (BUSINESS WIRE) — At CeBIT in Hannover, Ericsson unveiled the cordless Screen Phone HS210. This product defines a new product category fusing Bluetooth connectivity and the Internet, telephony and e-mail into a convenient well designed package (see photo). (more…)

New 1-chip solution for networked Linux appliances

February 24, 2000

Waltham, MA. — (company press release) — NETsilicon, Inc. a leading provider of ARM-powered, system-on-silicon connectivity solutions, today announced the introduction of NET+Lx, a comprehensive embedded network connectivity system using the Linux operating system. NET+Lx combines the NET+Works embedded networking solution, the reliability and open source benefits of Linux, and the tools and support… (more…)

“Got MIPS?” (or: “Developer seeks attractive SBC”)

February 23, 2000

Chris Fowler, Embedded system developer, asks . . .

“Are there any manufacturers that sell MIPS based boards ready for software. I've seen some of the small Intel based boards but I'm more interested in using a MIPS.” (more…)

Lineo Embedix Browser ships

February 23, 2000

Hannover, Germany / CEBIT — (company press release) Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today announced that Lineo Embedix Browser for x86 is now immediately available to OEM developers. The company describes the product as “the first Linux-based browser that is completely brandable by the OEM, providing seamless integration between the device hardware and software, and… (more…)

Lineo acquires uClinux creator Rt-Control

February 23, 2000

Annover, Germany / CEBIT – (company press release) — Lineo, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux system software, today announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Rt-Control Inc., founders and maintainers of the popular uClinux operating system, a distribution of Linux for microcontrollers. (more…)

Lineo announces major Korean partnerships

February 23, 2000

Seoul, Korea — Lineo today announced strategic agreements to supply two major Korean manufacturers with the Embedix Linux operating system. The two are: consumer product manufacturer Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co, Ltd.; and DaiShin Information & Communications Co., Ltd., a leading Korean IT company. (more…)

LinuxPlanet: My Appliance is Smarter than Your Appliance

February 23, 2000

Kevin Reichard, at LinuxPlanet, writes . . .

“The long-term success of Linux is seemingly dependent on the ability of vendors to position Linux as a major player in the Internet-appliance (or network-appliance) world. Couple a rock-solid operating system with a Web browser and some Java capabilities, the reasoning goes, and consumers who don't know a lick… (more…)

Whitepaper: Embedding Linux in a Mobile Robot

February 23, 2000

“Embedded systems frequently incorporate highly customized microcomputers, but our company's goal was to build a robot from commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded components. We felt that this approach would maximize the R&D capabilities of our own team and minimize the cost of our product. (more…)