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Archive for February, 2003

CompactFlash card support announced for Zaurus Linux PDAs

February 26, 2003

[Updated Feb. 27, 2003] Socket Communications announced a partnership with Sharp Electronics and SDG Systems to ensure that Socket's CompactFlash plug-in accessories are compatible with Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus family of PDAs. (more…)

Article: Who’s Funding Free Software?

February 26, 2003

Where would you be if Free Software went away tomorrow? Personally, I'd be sunk — my daily toolkit includes bash, vim, ssh, Mozilla, AbiWord, OpenOffice.org, and Perl. That doesn't mention the countless underlying tools and libraries that come into play. Without Perl, this publishing system would be gone. (more…)

Open Source hits the open road

February 25, 2003

Business 2.0 notes that Linux is increasingly being used as an embedded operating system to run mobile phones and PDAs . . . (more…)

1.1Gbps of encrypted IPsec traffic demo’d on BlueCat Linux

February 25, 2003

LynuxWorks announced that Cavium Networks has joined its third-party partner program, and that the two companies have collaborated to demonstrate 1.1Gbps of encrypted IPsec traffic running on BlueCat Linux. (more…)

Opera says “no” to MS-powered phones

February 24, 2003

CNET reports that Opera, which recently unveiled Small-Screen Rendering technology which makes it easy to read standard Web pages on the small screens of handheld devices and mobile phones, says it will never offer a version for Microsoft-powered devices. (more…)

PC BIOS out, “EFI” in?

February 24, 2003

This article at CNET reports that Intel has begun talking about replacing the BIOS used in PC-type systems with something Intel calls “EFI,” which stands for Extensible Firmware Interface . . . (more…)

Will the real “industry standard” CPU please stand up

February 24, 2003

David Berlind questions whether Intel's “x86” CPU architecture is truly the “industry standard” that we so often hear it called, in this interesting article at CNET . . . (more…)

Routerlinux 1.0 is released

February 24, 2003

Tony White has launched Routerlinux version 1.0, a new uClibc/BusyBox based GNU/Linux distribution that is designed to run from a DiskOnChip (or other solid-state storage device), and is intended to turn “industry-standard and affordable” embedded x86 hardware into full featured routers using 100% open source software. (more…)

Standards-based HA architecture boasts single-digit mS failovers

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Performance Technologies has introduced the Redundant Host Product Line, which is claimed to be the industry's fastest, standards-based failover architecture for high availability (HA), “always-on” embedded systems. The architecture, which targets mission critical military and time-sensitive communications applications, is intended to enable the shortening of failover time from seconds to… (more…)

GNU X-Tools update supports AltiVec-enabled PowerPCs

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Microcross today released GNU X-Tools v3.2 PowerPC Toolsuite, which includes support for AltiVec-enabled PowerPCs as well as all other variants. This GNU distribution is the latest stable toolsuite based on GNU GCC v3.2. (more…)

IBM launches Rational Software resource center

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Following IBM's acquisition of Rational Software last December, the two companies have combined forces to provide an integrated end-to-end development and deployment solution. Rational's open, industry-standard tools for developers can improve the speed, quality, and predictability of application development on J2EE, .NET, Linux, and other platforms, for a range of applications, including… (more…)

Rugged PDAs/wearables market to grow at 25-35% CAGR

February 24, 2003

Here's an interesting tidbit on the rugged mobile computer market from a newly available report published by Venture Development Corp. (VDC) . . . (more…)

Green Hills adds embedded Linux support to MULTI IDE

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Green Hills Software today announced the availability of its MULTI Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for embedded Linux systems. MULTI supports debugging Linux applications, the Linux kernel, and Linux device drivers, and works with existing GNU development tool chains for Intel/Pentium, embedded MIPS, and embedded PowerPC environments. (more…)

Embedded Linux helps adapt synchronous devices to TCP/IP

February 24, 2003

LinuxDevices.com takes a look at the SyncServer 1000, a small modem-like Linux appliance that offers easy integration of “legacy” Wide Area Networks (WANs) with IP networks. The device is intended to allow companies to transparently convert older communications transport protocols (such as X.25, Frame Relay, and SNA) to TCP/IP,… (more…)

Lineo’s former Japanese subsidiary goes independent, retains “Lineo” brand

February 24, 2003

The former Japanese subsidiary of Embedix Inc. announced today that it has been purchased in a management buyout and has changed its name from “Lineo Japan, Inc.” to “Lineo uSolutions, Inc.” Additionally, the newly independent Japanese embedded Linux supplier is getting set to announce its own embedded Linux and cross-development environment products, including a product aimed at consumer electronics… (more…)