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Archive for June, 2003

LynuxWorks offers embedded market an antidote to SCO attack on Linux

June 23, 2003

LynuxWorks issued a statement today regarding SCO's claim that Linux contains code that infringes on its UNIX intellectual property rights. (more…)

Linux-based STB boasts 1st DVD-quality video over Wi-Fi

June 23, 2003

PRISMIQ announced the release of 802.11a/g Wi-Fi support for its Linux-based set-top “entertainment gateway”. According to PRISMIQ, the 54 Mbps bandwidth available with 802.11g allows users of its “MediaPlayer” to stream high quality video files from… (more…)

Microsoft rolls out (newly renamed) Pocket PC 2003, new branding

June 23, 2003

[Updated Jun. 26. 2003] — While this obviously is not an Embedded Linux news item, it's useful to keep an eye on “the competition.” Microsoft's mobile devices group had a busy day Monday, unveiling new software and a new Windows brand. In conjunction with the release of the latest version of Pocket PC, which was expected to be called “Pocket PC 2003,” Microsoft unveiled a new branding… (more…)

Article: Free Software and High-Power Rocketry

June 23, 2003


The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a small, low-budget amateur aerospace group. PSAS is currently developing medium-sized sub-orbital rockets with the eventual goal of inserting nanosatellites (satellites that weigh less than 10 kg) into orbit. Because achieving orbit requires a navigation system able to guide the rocket along an orbital trajectory, PSAS is pioneering an… (more…)

Essay about a visit to SCO

June 20, 2003

This lengthy essay at Linux Journal describes Ian Lance Taylor's recent visit to SCO to discuss their claim that Linux infringes on its intellectual property rights. Though he can't give specifics, Taylor got to see a portion of the UNIX code SCO claims found its way into Linux — and he wasn't impressed. (more…)

Study sees Symbian, Smartphone, Linux in mobile handset future

June 20, 2003

According to a mobile handset market forecast just published by the Probe Group, the mobile handset embedded operating system market will be led by Symbian, followed by Microsoft. Probe's research projects Symbian and Microsoft to lead all other OS vendors with 5% and 2.5% of the global market, respectively, by 2007. (more…)

Sharp Zaurus “DaTa Manager” (PIM data) API specs now online

June 20, 2003

The original Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 stored PIM (personal information management) data in an XML format. Developers found this great, because they could get at the data from within their own applications by simply parsing the XML. Now, the new Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 (and ROM 3.10 update for the SL-5500) have replaced the XML format with “DTM” — the DaTa Manager engine. (more…)

New version of NetFront embedded web-browser released

June 20, 2003

ACCESS released a new version of its NetFront embedded web-browser for embedded systems and devices, today. According to ACCESS, NetFront v3.1 NetFront conforms to the latest W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards including CSS (cascading style sheets), DHTML (dynamic HTML) and also to the WAP 2.0 specification, which enables… (more…)

Embedded Linux enables DVB-T broadcast signal monitoring

June 20, 2003

Divitron has developed a portable field test and monitoring instrument for terrestrial digital video broadcasting (DVB-T) network builders and operators. The device, which is basically a “tablet PC” with an integrated Linux-controlled DVB-T receiver and instrumentation subsystem, is used for testing and verifying DVB-T broadcast signal… (more…)

Device profile: Divitron Aura — a portable DVB-T monitoring instrument

June 20, 2003

Divitron's Aura is a light weight, portable field test and monitoring instrument for terrestrial digital video broadcasting (DVB-T) network builders and operators. The device, which is basically a “tablet PC” with an integrated Linux-controlled DVB-T receiver and instrumentation subsystem, is used for testing and verifying DVB-T broadcast signal quality and coverage area. (more…)

Linux survey reveals broad support from IT managers, shortage of tech support

June 19, 2003

OSDL and SD Times released the results of a joint survey on the use of Linux in corporations this week. The survey of 8,000 SD Times readers, mostly senior managers at corporations with more than 1,000 employees, showed broad and deep use of Linux in IT shops even though only a third of the companies had adopted the open source operating system as a corporate standard computing platform. (more…) asks: “Is Linux worth the effort?”

June 19, 2003

In this technical article from Embedded Systems Programming magazine, embedded developer Niall Murphy offers his thoughts on when it makes sense to use embedded Linux in a project, and when it might not. Murphy comments that it probably isn't worth the effort to port Linux to custom embedded systems that don't require networking and storage, but that for many projects, especially those based on… (more…)

Lineo uSolutions adds Bluetooth option to embedded Linux distro

June 19, 2003

Lineo uSolutions Inc. and Open Interface North America Inc. have announced a collaboration based on teaming up Open Interface's “BLUEmagic 3.0” embedded Bluetooth protocol stack with Lineo's “uLinux” embedded Linux distribution. Lineo will demonstrate BLUEmagic 3.0 running on uLinux at the Embedded Systems Expo & Conference in Tokyo next month, the companies said. (more…)

Linux PDF reader/viewer vulnerability identified

June 19, 2003

CERT has identified a potential vulnerability in popular Portable Document File (PDF) readers and viewers. In the words of the CERT advisory . . .

“When a victim clicks on a hyperlink contained within a malicious PDF file, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the victim. (more…)

New NEC SOC targets gateways, routers, access points

June 18, 2003

NEC handed out datasheets for a new (but as yet unannounced) chip in its “VR Series” system-on-chip (SOC) processor product line, at this week's Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, CA. The VR4133 is based on a 64-bit MIPS architecture RISC CPU core that runs at a 266 MHz clock rate and delivers a performance level of 433 million instructions per second, NEC said. (more…)