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Archive for May, 2005

Nokia gives Linux bye on patents

May 26, 2005

Nokia has issued a legally binding Patent Statement allowing all its patents to be used in current and past Linux kernels. The company hopes taking a clear public position on patents can help create a “framework of certainty” around open source projects, it says. (more…)

Presentation relates Nokia’s open source experience with 770 Internet Tablet

May 26, 2005

< !-1 2 ->This interesting presentation discusses a major company's experience creating a consumer electronics device based on Linux and open source software. It was presented yesterday by Nokia's Dr. Ari Jaaksi at LinuxWorld in New York, and looks at the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet unveiled yesterday. (more…)

News: The “hello world” breakpoint caper

May 25, 2005

In this entertaining yet edifying essay, Hieu Tran sets out on a quest to debug a bug-report filed against his company's source-level debugger. The case leads Tran and his trusty Pomeranian toward a surprising, Sherlock Holmes-like epiphany illuminating the semantic assumptions made by compilers, debuggers, and, (more…)

Virtualization software update joins Linux with VxWorks “Platforms”

May 25, 2005

Jaluna has announced that its platform virtualization software supports Wind River Platforms that began shipping earlier this week. Jaluna OSware, Linux Edition, enables VxWorks and Linux-based applications to run side-by-side on a single processor, without additional hardware, according to Jaluna. (more…)

Nokia sponsors improvements to lightweight X window manager

May 25, 2005

A project to optimize X for mobile platforms got a boost from Nokia, which funded improvements to the Matchbox window manager used in the Linux-based webpad it announced today. OpenedHand, which maintains Matchbox, says it worked with Nokia for more than two years on the device. (more…)

Network appliance platform includes security coprocessor, supports Linux

May 25, 2005

< !- 1 2 3 4 5 6->WIN Enterprises is shipping a rack-mountable 1U high embedded development platform optimized for network appliance applications. The PL-01025 incorporates a security coprocessor capable of offloading packet processing for its ten Gigabit and four 10/100 Ethernet ports, according to the company. (more…)

Tiny Linux SBC family grows

May 25, 2005

Gumstix has added extended memory and on-board Bluetooth options to its line of tiny gumstick-shaped XScale SBCs (single-board computers). It has also launched a new low-cost model priced at $99. The company now offers nine “Connex” and “Basix” SBCs priced from $99 to $189. (more…)

Nokia debuts Linux-powered Internet tablet

May 25, 2005

[Updated Nov. 7, 2005] — Nokia demonstrated a compact, handheld tablet powered by Linux at LinuxWorld in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is intended to offer convenient Internet browsing and email through built-in WiFi, or via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile phone. (more…)

The “hello world” breakpoint caper

May 25, 2005

In this entertaining yet edifying essay, Viosoft Founder/CEO Hieu Tran sets out on a quest to debug a bug-report filed against his company's source-level debugger. The case leads Tran and his trusty Pomeranian toward a surprising, Sherlock Holmes-like epiphany illuminating the semantic assumptions made by compilers, debuggers, and, especially, users. (more…)

PalmSource affirms Linux commitment

May 24, 2005

“Linux is our platform for the future,” affirmed Dr. Dave Nagel, delivering a keynote talk to an audience of 1,000 attendees at PalmSource's annual developer event, renamed from “devcon” to “Mobile Summit” this year. Nagel talked little about Linux, however, focusing instead on wireless opportunities, 3G consumer and enterprise data (more…)

Hardware/software devkit for TI dual-core OMAP5910 ships

May 24, 2005

Empower Technologies is shipping a Linux-based development package supporting the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP5910 dual-core processor. The LDK5910 includes a hardware development board based on the TI OMAP5910 along with Empower's “LEOs” Linux OS and toolchain, and enables developers to begin writing OMAP-based applications within one hour of setup, according (more…)

Metrowerks aims CodeWarrior at microcontroller market

May 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 ->[Updated 9:30am PDT] — Metrowerks returns to its 68K roots today — and to parent company Freescale's side — as it begins bundling a size-limited version of its embedded development tools with two new 32-bit Freescale chips aimed at the microcontroller market. (more…)

Book exposes embedded programmers to hardware design concepts

May 23, 2005

< !-1 ->O'Reilly has released the second edition of Designing Embedded Hardware by John Catsoulis. The new edition includes information on the latest generations of microprocessors and microcontrollers, and spells out the basics of embedded design for beginners while also providing advanced material for more experienced designers, (more…)

Trolltech funding round pulls down $6.7 million

May 23, 2005

Trolltech has completed a $6.7 million round of Series B financing led by Index Ventures, with participation from previous investors Teknoinvest and Northzone. The funding will be used to market Trolltech's embedded Linux and cross-platform desktop applications globally, the company says. (more…)

Wind River adds Linux Platforms, rev’s tools, toots DSO horn

May 23, 2005

Wind River has unleashed a slew of embedded software news at its annual developer's conference this week in Orlando, Fla. It has released several vertical market “Platform” OS and middleware stacks targeting Linux, updated its Workbench tools, and started a top-level “device software development” project at Eclipse.org, among other announcements. (more…)