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Archive for January, 2008

Linux-friendly hardware probe picks up speed

January 29, 2008

Swiss hardware tools vendor Abatron has started shipping a new Linux-compatible hardware debug probe. Compared to the company's older BDI2000, the new BDI3000 offers a faster 10/100 Ethernet interface, support for lower target voltages, and faster flash programming speeds up to 1.5Mbps, Abatron claims. (more…)

HP debuts Linux-based thin client

January 28, 2008

Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first new thin clients since acquiring Neoware last fall. Among the new products is a Debian- based “t5735” model featuring a CPU and GPU (graphics processor unit) from AMD, which acquired GPU specialist ATI recently. (more…)

High-performance Linux IPC stack upgraded

January 28, 2008

Enea has released a major upgrade to its highly scalable open source (BSD or GPL) interprocess communications stack for Linux. Linx 2.0 for Linux aims to let Linux-based telecom equipment interoperate better with Enea's Element high-availability middleware and OSE RTOS, while offering full backward and forward compatibility for in-field upgrades, Enea says. (more…)

Nokia to acquire Trolltech for $150 million

January 28, 2008

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia is acquiring Norwegian phone-stack vendor Trolltech in a deal worth about $150 million USD. Expected to close in the second quarter, the acquisition increases the likelihood that Nokia will move beyond its Symbian operating system (OS) toward using Linux in its phones. (more…)

Linux-based industrial computer can take the heat (and cold)

January 25, 2008

VSCom introduced a RISC-based industrial embedded computer that runs Linux. The ARM9-based OpenRISC Alekto comes with Debian Linux, can withstand temperatures from 14 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit, and provides interfaces including Ethernet, USB, I2C, serial, and digital I/O for hooking up industrial devices. (more…)

Linux-based NAS expands to four bays

January 25, 2008

Qnap Systems introduced a four-bay version of its Linux-based line of multifunction NAS (network-attached storage) devices. The TS-409 Pro Turbo NAS offers a hot-swappable HDD design, RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+ support, and online RAID capacity expansion and level migration, says Qnap. (more…)

Mobile phone market grew 15.8 percent, study says

January 25, 2008

An ABI Research study claims that 2007 mobile phone sales closed strong, with yearly shipments up 15.8 percent to 1.15 billion. Fourth quarter 2007 worldwide shipments totaled 342 million, meeting ABI's earlier projections, but Motorola continued to lose market share. (more…)

Development platform targets STB app developers

January 24, 2008

Dutch start-up AHT (Advanced Home Technologies) has launched a Linux-based device for open source developers wishing to write applications for set-top boxes (STBs) based on STMicroelectronics' ST7109 SoC for HDTVs. (more…)

Rollup e-reader runs Linux

January 24, 2008

[Updated Jan. 25] — Philips spinoff Polymer Vision has announced plans to ship a Linux-capable e-reader with a flexible, rollup display. Thanks to the screen's low power consumption, the “Readius” offers up to 30 hours of reading without a battery charge, according to the company. (more…)

Article describes using Bazaar VCS on Debian Etch

January 23, 2008

Falko Timme has published an article on HowToForge about installing and using the Bazaar version control system (VCS) on Debian Etch. The article shows how to set up and install the VCS and install SFTP and Lighttpd on the server. (more…)

Via launches 64-bit architecture

January 23, 2008

Via has unveiled a 64-bit, VM-enabled x86-compatible architecture expected to debut this spring in pin-compatible chips targeting green PCs, home servers, and mobile devices. Chips based on the “Isaiah” architecture promise to outperform Via's current C7/Eden chips two-to-three times, within the same power… (more…)

Dutch firm ships Linux-based rack-mount ADK

January 23, 2008

Netherlands-based systems integrator Deciso is shipping a 1U Appliance Development Kit (ADK) for routers, firewalls, and other rack-mounted network appliances. Based on PC Engines' ALIX single-board computer (SBC), the 19″ ADK comes preinstalled with Voyage Linux. (more…)

Brazilian mobile embedded show slated for March

January 23, 2008

The second annual Bossa Conference on open source and mobile devices is open for registration, says Brazilian Linux developers group OpenBossa.org. Scheduled for March 16-19 in Porto de Galinhas, Recife, Brazil, Bossa Conference '08 will feature speakers from OpenEmbedded, OpenMoko, Maemo, Trolltech, and more. (more…)

Embedded Linux conference videos ready

January 23, 2008

Free videos of presentations from the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2007 / 9th Real-Time Linux Workshop are now available. Topics include boot time, real-time preemption patches, graphical libraries, and file systems for flash storage. (more…)

Glenn Henry on the Isaiah architecture

January 23, 2008

Foreword — This informal mini-interview with Glenn Henry, president of Via's CenTaur processor division, took place a few days before the unveiling of Via's “Isaiah” architecture. Henry discusses Isaiah's technical merits, market positioning, and competitive prospects against current and future offerings from… (more…)