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Archive for October, 2003

Torvalds: Last call for input on Linux kernel 2.6

October 27, 2003

Yesterday's release of Linux kernel 2.6.0-test9 offers the “last big chance” for input on the next stable Linux kernel, according to Linux originator Linus Torvalds as quoted in a press release from the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). This suggests that Torvalds will produce just one more test release — 2.6.0-test10 — which, if no show-stoppers emerge, he will likely rename as 2.6.0 and turn over to… (more…)

Crypto solution for Linux devices claimed to be faster, cheaper

October 27, 2003

Security processor vendor Cavium Networks and embedded Linux supplier MontaVista Software announced a hardware/software duo they claim offers two- to three-times faster IPsec VPN performance (up to 150Mbps) on Intel IXP4XX network processors compared to existing solutions at similar… (more…)

ARM embraces CELF

October 27, 2003

Low-power processor core specialist ARM today announced its associate membership in the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), a group started in June to improve and promote Linux for use in consumer electronics. (more…)

Device profile: Automation Network X-change

October 27, 2003

The Automation Network X-change (AN-X) family of embedded Linux based devices from Quest Technical Solutions connects PCs to automation networks for remote monitoring and control. Its PC interface supports several protocols that run over a standard Ethernet transport, while various versions of the device are available to support a variety of industrial networks. (more…)

How to build deb packages for Debian GNU/Linux

October 24, 2003

Debian ranks as the fourth most-used distribution for embedded development, according to LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, with a rising rate of adoption. Developers wishing to distribute software binaries and source for use with Debian systems will want to learn the basics of creating Debian packages (.deb's). (more…)

Eight from IBM — Oprofile, vi, perl, web services, grids, XUL…

October 24, 2003

IBM has published the following eight technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks and alphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . (more…)

MontaVista named 5th fastest-growing private company in Silicon Valley

October 24, 2003

MontaVista Software ranks fifth among the fastest growing privately held companies in the Silicon Valley, according to an Oct. 24, 2003 article in the Silicon Valley and San Jose Business Journal. The company's 2002 revenue grew 612.42% over 2000, placing it behind only Open Harbor, (more…)

Linux-based industrial controller line gains iptables, SNMP

October 24, 2003

Sixnet is offering new security and management add-ons for its IPm line of distributed data acquisition and industrial controller devices. The add-ons include a firewall based on Linux iptables and a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) module. (more…)

New Zaurus Linux PDA rumored to debut in January

October 24, 2003

Sharp will introduce a new model of Zaurus in the U.S. in Jan. 2004, according to a post at ZaurusUserGroup.com. The Zaurus SL-6000 will be slightly larger than previous Zauri and will have a tablet shape with… (more…)

How to make deb packages

October 24, 2003

Debian ranks as the fourth most-used distribution for embedded development, according to LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, with a rising rate of adoption. Developers wishing to distribute software binaries and source for use with Debian systems will want to learn the basics of… (more…)

How to boot Linux faster

October 23, 2003

Everyone wants to boot their OS faster, but quick power-up is especially important for developers of appliance-like embedded devices, which are expected to turn on and start running instantly. This article shows how to improve the boot speed of your Linux system without compromising usability. (more…)

IP-based set-top box market taking off

October 23, 2003

Last week's ITU conference in Geneva demonstrated that the telecommunications companies and broadband providers have more viable choices than ever before to compete against cable's “triple play” of video, voice, and data. The Internet Protocol (IP) set-top box (STB) market, still small compared to the size of the digital cable STB market, is ready to take off. (more…)

Article: How to boot Linux faster

October 23, 2003

This article shows you how to improve the boot speed of your Linux system without compromising usability. Essentially, the technique involves understanding system services and their dependencies, and having them start up in parallel, rather than sequentially, when possible. (more…)

Motorola reveals “revolutionary” cellphone-on-module technology

October 22, 2003

Motorola's semiconductor division (Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, “SPS”) has unveiled an approach to implementing multimedia mobile devices that it calls “revolutionary.” SPS says its new “Mobile Extreme Convergence” (MXC) architecture will squeeze all the functions required by high-performance mass-market mobile devices into a module the size of a postage stamp — a significant space reduction… (more…)

Nordic trains, buses, and ferries run on Linux

October 22, 2003

In Nordic countries, Volvo telematics division Volvo Mobility Systems (VMS) is computerizing public transit by adding rugged, radio-connected Linux systems that keep buses and trains running on time and forecast arrival times for waiting passengers. (more…)