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Archive for March, 2009

Moblin moves to second alpha

March 25, 2009

The Intel-sponsored Moblin project announced an alpha 2 release of its Moblin v2 mobile device stack, which targets Intel Atom-based netbooks. The open-source Linux stack and development toolkit adds a Gnome desktop, updates UI libraries and graphics, and offers tested support for the MSI Wind… (more…)

Ming phone gains larger screen

March 25, 2009

Photos and preliminary specifications for an “A1210” Linux phone that appears to be an updated version of the popular Motorola Ming have appeared on Chinese technology sites. The GSM/EDGE-ready A1210 (pictured) offers a larger 2.8-inch screen, and an improved 3.1 megapixel camera, industry reports say. (more…)

8TB NAS runs Linux

March 24, 2009

Seagate is readying a four-bay network-attached storage device for small businesses that runs embedded Linux and stores up to 8TB. The hot-swappable BlackArmor NAS 440 offers an iTunes server and DLNA-compliant media server, RAID 0/1/5/10, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says Seagate. (more…)

First ever Linux botnet?

March 24, 2009

The first botnet designed for broadband equipment and routers may also be the first involving Linux, says our sister publication, eWEEK. Before being stamped out, a malicious “Psyb0t” worm found a home in approximately 100,000 such devices running Linux “Mipsel” (Debian for MIPS processors), says an article by Larry Seltzer. (more…)

Archos spins netbook, but bring your own Linux

March 24, 2009

Archos has released its first netbook, based on a Linux-compatible Hasee design, but offers it with Windows XP only. The “Archos 10” has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 160GB hard drive, a 10.2-inch display, WiFi, and 1GB of RAM, according to the company. (more…)

Btrfs, Squashfs, and Tuz, oh my!

March 24, 2009

Linus Torvalds announced that Linux 2.6.29 is available and ready for service, with a temporary new mascot in the Australian Tuz (pictured). The updated mainline kernel offers numerous driver and header updates, WiMAX support, the embedded-oriented Squashfs filesystem, and a preliminary new… (more…)

Linux STB design tapped in Russia

March 23, 2009

Belarus-based device-design firm Promwad announced a design win for a Linux-based DVB-T set-top box (STB) destined for a Russian manufacturer of TV antennas. The digital terrestrial STB design will be built around an ST Microelectronics (ST) STi5205 system-on-chip (SoC) clocked to 266MHz, says Promwad. (more…)

COM Express module accepts 8GB

March 23, 2009

MSC Vertriebs announced a COM Express Type 2 module that supports Intel's Celeron M or Core Duo processors. The CXB-GM45 offers up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, supports dual independent display modes, and provides gigabit Ethernet, USB, PCI-e, SATA, and EIDE interfaces, the company says. (more…)

Signage PC boasts high reliability

March 23, 2009

Ibase Technology is shipping an embedded x86-based computer for digital signage applications. The SI-24S includes an AMD Sempron 210U clocked to 1.5GHz, as well as an ATI E2400 GPU (graphics processing unit), and supports dual independent 1080p displays with VGA, DVI, or HDMI interfaces, says Ibase. (more…)

Dell phone — back to the drawing board?

March 23, 2009

Dell has put its plans to release a smartphone on the back burner, according to a research note published Friday. “It ultimately came down to a lack of carrier interest,” Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu is quoted as saying by our sister publication eWEEK. (more…)

Rugged industrial computer goes fanless

March 23, 2009

Stealth Computer is shipping a fanless, Linux-compatible embedded computer, targeting mission-critical industrial applications. The Model LPC-625F supports Intel's “Penryn” Core 2 Duo P8400 processor clocked to 2.26GHz, and offers gigabit Ethernet, optional WiFi, an 80GB hard disk drive (HDD), and eight USB 2.0… (more…)

Tutorial series launched on embedded Linux

March 23, 2009

Noted ARM Linux kernel hackers Vincent Sanders (pictured) and Daniel Silverstone have posted the first of six tutorials for LinuxDevices on embedded Linux system development. (more…)

Tutorial: A simple embedded Linux system

March 23, 2009

Foreword — This article begins a series of tutorials on embedded Linux system development contributed by noted ARM Linux kernel hackers Vincent Sanders and Daniel Silverstone. In the initial installment, the Simtec engineers describe how embedded devices differ from other computers, and how to build “the most basic system possible.” (more…)

Fashion robot runs real-time Linux

March 20, 2009

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has demonstrated a Linux-based humanoid robot that will perform in a fashion show next week. The HRP-4C runs the robotics-focused hard real-time ART-Linux distro, which was released this week for Linux 2.6xx under GPL. (more…)

Emulator tapped for Android-to-N8xx port

March 20, 2009

A “NITdroid” hacker has released code that enables desktop computers to emulate Nokia Internet Tablets running Android. Philippe Coval has posted a video showing his “NITdroid-emulator” working alongside a new version of Qemu, running the open-source NITdroid Android-to-N8xx port on a Linux desktop. (more…)