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Archive for April, 2006

Thank you, Mr. McNealy

April 25, 2006

Sun co-founder Scott McNealy's tenure as CEO came to an end this week, amidst a chorus of reaction. In this opinion piece, veteran Unix journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols acknowledges McNealy's formative contributions to the computer industry, Internet, and open source as we know it. (more…)

Guest Opinion: Thank you, Mr. McNealy

April 25, 2006

Foreword: Sun co-founder Scott McNealy's tenure as CEO came to an end this week, amidst a chorus of reaction. In this opinion piece, veteran Unix journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols acknowledges McNealy's formative contributions to the… (more…)

Line cards target Linux-based storage appliances

April 24, 2006

Chipmaker Cavium Networks is shipping a family of PCI-X cards aimed at increasing throughput of network and storage appliances based on commodity x86-based designs. The Octeon XL Accelerator cards feature multi-core MIPS64-based processors, throughputs between 500Mbps and 6Gbps, and are supported by a MontaVista Linux… (more…)

Free seminars target U.S. Navy Open Architecture apps

April 24, 2006

A free, half-day seminar on the U.S. Navy Open Archtecture (OA) will be offered at seven Eastern U.S. cities, in May and June. The seminar will include presentations from LynuxWorks, Arrow Electronics, Motorola, and Real-Time Innovations (RTI), along with discussion of how OA can fulfill military demands, the companies say. (more…)

Embedded Linux book hits rev. 2

April 24, 2006

Elsevier Science has updated its embedded Linux text. The second edition of Linux for Embedded and Real-Time Applications includes revisions to reflect the 2.6-series kernel, along with 100 pages of new material, including chapters on uCLinux and the Eclipse IDE. (more…)

First Colombian Linux SBC runs Debian

April 24, 2006

A graduate student in Colombia has developed a small ARM9 SBC (single-board computer) that runs Debian Linux. Carlos Camargo says he built his ECB_AT91 board for a doctoral research project in swarm robotics. (more…)

“Virtual clients” run Linux

April 24, 2006

ClearCube is shipping a Linux-powered “virtual client” that offers secure remote access to a dedicated blade server running Windows XP. The I/Port I8020 client has more inherent security than a laptop, and provides the “full power” of a Pentium 4 from anywhere in the world, according to the company. (more…)

Chinese $150 Linux mini-PC races OLPC to market

April 21, 2006

A Chinese company is touting an inexpensive Linux-based computer as a way to close the “digital divide.” YellowSheepRiver's $150 “Municator” appears to be available now, with a three-month leadtime, suggesting it could reach market well ahead of MIT's $100 “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) device. (more…)

Linux-oriented media middleware companies merge

April 21, 2006

Media appliance software vendor Mediabolic has agreed to acquire Digital 5, which sells client and server stacks, protocol SDKs, and DRM (digital rights management) stacks for “connected” home entertainment devices. (more…)

Eight from IBM: 64-bit Linux, Cell, Ajax, “nice”, Linux booting…

April 21, 2006

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

CORBA middleware supports MontaVista CGL

April 20, 2006

Borland will release a version of its CORBA (common object request broker) middleware product for MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE). VisiBroker 7.0, already shipping on other platforms, enables legacy and new CORBA applications to be integrated with modern technology stacks, including .NET, J2EE, Web Services, and SOA (service-oriented architecture), Borland says. (more…)

WiMAX conference announces program

April 20, 2006

The program has been finalized for the largest WiMAX conference yet held in Europe, according to event organizer Trendsmedia. The “WiMAX World Europe Conference and Expo,” set for May 22-24, in Vienna, Austria, will focus on operator and service provider experiences with early deployments. (more…)

Mobile phones, features, uses proliferate

April 20, 2006

Mobile phones will displace PCs as the top Internet access platform, connect increasingly with home networks, and within five years, serve as electronic wallets, according to recent reports from several market research firms. Additionally, phone shipments continue to grow fast, fueled by both replacement business and developing markets. (more…)

Basic VoIP phone runs Linux, boasts programmability

April 20, 2006

[Updated Apr. 24] — Snom is accepting advance orders for a basic model in its line of Linux-based business VoIP (voice-over-IP) phones. The Snom 300 supports six lines, and has six programmable buttons, along with a browser interface. (more…)

Article: Guest opinion: Software reuse, DSO, and breaking old rules

April 20, 2006

Foreword: In this guest editorial, FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken relates his company's experiences in the real-time Linux market to Wind River's efforts to reposition embedded software development as “device software optimization,” or DSO. (more…)