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Archive for July, 2004

Free real-time Linux distro gains cross-platform GUI framework

July 23, 2004

Koan Software has enhanced its real-time Linux distribution for industrial applications with support for wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows), a mature C++ GUI framework for cross-platform development. wxWidgets provides an API that enables console and graphical applications to be compiled on various target platforms with a native look and feel on each. (more…)

Windows media laptop plays with embedded Linux

July 22, 2004

[Updated July 23, 2004] — Toshiba today launched a laptop that is widely rumored to offer the choice of booting Windows Media Center Edition 2004, for full PC capabilities, or a quick-starting embedded Linux environment, for instant-on, appliance-like TV tuner, DVD player, CD player, and remote control capabilities. (more…)

Latest Mobile Pentium chips power PCI-104 SBC

July 22, 2004

In Q4, 2004, Lippert will ship a PCI-104 SBC (single-board computer) that it calls “the smallest and fastest Linux computer today in x86 technology.” The “Cool RoadRunner 4” (CRR4) board is based on an Intel Pentium M “Dothan” 755 processor clocked up to 2GHz. (more…)

How to boot Linux from an external USB or FireWire drive

July 21, 2004

IBM developerWorks has published a detailed technical article on booting Linux from external FireWire or USB drives, in conjunction with a boot floppy, USB storage device, internal drive partition, or another device recognized by the system BIOS. The article also explains basic bootloader concepts that may interest embedded Linux developers. (more…)

SCO loses first anti-Linux lawsuit

July 21, 2004

SCO has essentially lost its lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler, one of two the financially ailing Unix vendor filed against high-profile Linux users in an effort to discredit the open source operating system and the GNU General Public License (GPL) under which it is distributed. SCO's other case against Linux user Autozone has been postponed, and SCO is also struggling in an earlier case against Linux… (more…)

Object-oriented shared memory programming under Linux

July 21, 2004

This article by IBM's Sachin Agrawal discusses the Linux operating system's shared memory architecture, and how object-oriented C++ programmers can best exploit it. According to Agrawal, shared memory is the most efficient inter-process communication channel available in modern operating systems, and Linux's shared memory architecture is uniquely useful. (more…)

Deli chain serves up embedded Linux

July 21, 2004

[Updated Jul. 7, 2004] — A large deli chain will implement a Linux-based point-of-sale (POS) system using cross-platform restaurant software from Siva Corporation. Jason's Deli will run the iSiva suite on embedded Linux POS devices in conjunction with local and remote Windows servers. (more…)

Article: Object-oriented shared memory programming under Linux

July 21, 2004

Foreword: This article by IBM's Sachin Agrawal discusses the Linux operating system's shared memory architecture, and how object-oriented C++ programmers can best exploit it. According to Agrawal, shared memory is the most efficient inter-process communication channel available in modern operating systems, and Linux's shared memory architecture is uniquely useful. (more…)

China picks Linux for 3G mobile phones

July 20, 2004

Chinese government-owned telecom equipment manufacturer Datang has selected Linux as the embedded operating system for a mobile handset designed to work with Datang's TD-SCDMA network equipment, expected to power 3G (third-generation) networks in China by 2005. The TD-SCDMA standard, the world's third 3G technology, may also see use in Europe and elsewhere. (more…)

Rave review of Zaurus SL-6000L

July 20, 2004

O'Reilly's Linux DevCenter has published a highly favorable review of Sharp's SL-6000L, the English-language Zaurus launched last January into the U.S. (more…)

Linux training company adds embedded course

July 20, 2004

LinuxCertified will offer a course on embedded Linux for the first time, in San Jose on August 16-20th. The four-day course, taught by unspecified “industry veterans,” aims to provide managers and developers with an in-depth analysis of embedded Linux, the company says. (more…)

Embedded Linux dev kit supports advanced network security features

July 20, 2004

Arcom is shipping an embedded Linux development kit for a PC/104 single-board computer (SBC) with advanced network security processing features. The kit includes Arcom's Mercury SBC, and supports security engines in the board's IXP425 processor. (more…)

Intel spins more mobile Pentiums and Celerons

July 20, 2004

Intel has expanded its mobile Pentium and Celeron families with four new processors targeting compact, low power, portable devices. The processors are based on Intel's mobile micro-architecture, cover clock rates from 900 MHz to 1.4 GHz, offer typical power consumptions between 5 and 10 Watts, and are implemented in Intel's 90-nanometer (nm) process technology. (more…)

MontaVista carrier grade Linux gains high-availability database

July 20, 2004

A version of Sleepycat's high availability embedded database has been certified for use with MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.1 (CGE). Sleepycat's Berkeley DB High Availability (HA) 4.2 uses single-master replication to offer a scalable, fault tolerance enterprise database. Like CGE, it targets telecom and network equipment makers. (more…)

MontaVista hires another former Cobalt employee

July 19, 2004

MontaVista will hire former Sun and Cobalt employee Peter Ulander to fill an unspecified role, according to stories at The Register and CNet. Marketing VP Sheila Baker left MontaVista weeks ago for VA Software (formerly VA Linux), fueling rumors that Ulander may step into Baker's former role. (more…)