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Archive for January, 2009

Moblin 2.0 alpha posted — and targets netbooks

January 27, 2009

The Intel-sponsored Moblin Project has released an alpha version of its second-generation “Moblin V2” Linux-based toolkit for mobile devices — and it targets netbooks initially, rather than mobile Internet devices (MIDs). (more…)

UK embedded show features Linux training

January 27, 2009

An embedded conference in the U.K. will feature a two-and-a-half hour workshop on embedded Linux, as well as a session on using commercial embedded Linux distributions. The Embedded Masterclass 2009 conference is scheduled for May 7 in Cambridge, UK, and May 12 in Bristol, UK. (more…)

A more “persistent” OODBMS adds Android support

January 26, 2009

McObject released new versions of its Linux-compatible, object-oriented embedded database for Java and .NET. Now with persistance for “any” object, the open-source Perst 4.0 and Perst Lite 4.0 enable application development in Java ME, and include sample Android applications such as the ContactsIndex, pictured… (more…)

35 million netbooks to ship this year?

January 26, 2009

Nearly 35 million netbooks will ship this year, rising to 139 million in 2013, predicts ABI Research. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is increasingly reporting on the netbook trend, with a recent New York Times story noting Linux's role in driving down prices and giving Microsoft fits. (more…)

Webinars explore UBIFS, flash FS choices

January 26, 2009

[Updated 2:15] — Consulting firm Embedded Alley (EA) announced the first in a series of “Smart Design” webinars on flash and flash filesystem selection. The debut webinar, delivered Feb. (more…)

45nm Xeon blade runs Linux

January 26, 2009

Adlink Technologies is shipping a 6U CompactPCI dual-Xeon processor blade that runs Linux and targets networking, telecom, and military equipment. The PICMG 2.0 compliant cPCI-6920 blade supports up to two Quad-Core or Dual-Core Intel Xeons built on 45nm process technology. (more…)

Mission computer runs Linux on Atom

January 26, 2009

Colmek announced a tactical mission computer featuring an Intel Atom and 128GB of SSD (solid state disk) storage. The “Stinger” runs Linux, sports a wealth of interfaces, operates at high altitude, and meets military standards for resisting shock, vibration, and EMI (eletromagnetic interference), says the company. (more…)

Verizon VoIP phone doubles as DPF

January 23, 2009

Verizon Wireless announced a VoIP touchscreen phone that incorporates a digital picture frame (DPF) capability and can send navigation instructions to Verizon mobile phones. According to one report, the Verizon Hub (pictured) is based on OpenPeak's OpenFrame phone, which is said to run Linux. (more…)

Open source survey: Mobile most lucrative

January 23, 2009

Mobile application development projects bring in more money than other types of open source software development, a study found. The survey was based on “extensive interviews” of 380 developers involved in open source Linux projects, says Dublin, Ireland, based research firm Research and Markets. (more…)

Combo media box runs Linux

January 23, 2009

Blusens Technologies has announced a combination set-top box, digital video recorder, network-attached storage device, and media server that runs Linux on a Sigma SMP8634 SoC. The “BlueBrain” offers dual DVB-T tuners, removable storage, WiFi, and optional HomePlugAV networking, says the Spanish consumer… (more…)

Linux leader on Microsoft woes

January 23, 2009

Foreword — Microsoft today laid off 1,400 workers, with another 3,600 on the block within 18 months. We asked Linux Foundation Director Jim Zemlin what if any role Linux played in Microsoft's misfortunes, how Microsoft will react, and what it could mean for Linux and the open source community. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

Linux’s role in Microsoft’s decline

January 22, 2009

Microsoft today laid off 1,400 workers, with another 3,600 on the block within 18 months. We asked Linux Foundation Director Jim Zemlin what role if any Linux played in Microsoft's misfortunes, how Microsoft will react, and what the news means for Linux and open source. (more…)

Linux Summit open for proposals

January 22, 2009

The Linux Foundation (LF) has opened registration and issued a call for participation for its third-annual Collaboration Summit, to be held April 8-10, at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. This year's event will include a Moblin Development Summit, and also feature the winner of the “I'm Linux” video contest. (more…)

Opening up in Barcelona

January 22, 2009

Mobile veteran Jason Whitmire (pictured) has written an editorial previewing the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Whitmire, who is Wind River's GM of Mobile Solutions, says the show will be more Linux- and open-source flavored than ever, with LiMo, Android, and Moblin all vying for attention. (more…)

Linux DVR catches conspiring clerks

January 22, 2009

Phillipines-based Neugent Technologies is shipping a compact, multi-channel surveillance DVR (digital video recorder) that can optionally overlay cash register output on surveillance videos. The SP-2000 Hawkeye Desktop DVR runs Linux 2.6.16 on an ARM9 SoC (system-on-chip), supports standalone or network modes, and boasts… (more…)