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Archive for March, 2006

Ubuntu/MythTV mini-ITX PVR project report

March 22, 2006

XYZComputing has published an article that describes building a PVR (personal video recorder) based on Ubuntu Linux, MythTV, and commodity mini-ITX hardware with a Hauppauge capture card. The PVR doubles as a small, quiet livingroom computer. (more…)

LynuxWorks joins Eclipse Foundation

March 22, 2006

LynuxWorks has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an “add-in provider,” and will evaluate how to apply select products within relevant Eclipse projects, it says. LynuxWorks offers an Eclipse-based Luminosity IDE (integrated development environment) that supports its BlueCat embedded Linux distribution, its LynxOS real-time OS (RTOS), and its safety-critical LynxOS-178 RTOS. (more…)

OSDL adds community advisory board

March 22, 2006

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has established an advisory board to increase open source community representation, it says. Ten percent of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) consists of prominent kernel and open source software developers, charged with advising the OSDL on technical matters of importance to the greater development community, the group says. (more…)

Fanless industrial computer supports I/O intensive apps

March 22, 2006

Sealevel Systems is shipping a new line of configurable industrial computers that support embedded Linux. The Relio R2000 series is available with Celeron or Pentium processors up to 1.4 GHz, and can accommodate up to three built-in PC/104 expansion modules, according to the company. (more…)

Top MontaVista marketer returns to Sun

March 21, 2006

Peder Ulander has left his role as marketing VP for MontaVista, and will serve as VP of software marketing at Sun, a Sun spokesperson confirmed. Ulander originally left Sun for MontaVista, in July of 2004, after joining Sun when it acquired Linux server appliance vendor Cobalt Networks in 2000. (more…)

Real-time, embedded confab eyes open source licensing, standards

March 21, 2006

The Open Group annual Real-time and Embedded Systems (RTES) Forum, Apr. 26-28 in Washington, DC., will include sessions on open source licensing in high-assurance and safety-critical applications, application portability through open standards, high-security networking, and safety-/mission-critical real-time Java, according to a draft agenda published today. (more…)

Sun GPLs Sparc design, multi-threading tech

March 21, 2006

Sun released a 64-bit multicore, multi-threaded processor design under the GNU GPL today, at the Multicore Expo in Santa Clara. The OpenSparc T1 design supports eight cores, with four threads per core, and is based on Sun's UltraSparc T1 processor, which was touted as an energy-saving breakthrough when it shipped last November. (more…)

Loadable module brings Xen to embedded Linux

March 21, 2006

Sombrio Systems is alpha-testing a loadable kernel module and hard real-time application aimed at transforming a running Linux kernel into a Xen-compatible hypervisor. The Xen Loadable Module (XLM) can be used to build multi-function embedded devices in which each function runs in a protected domain, the company says. (more…)

Wind River touts multi-faceted multicore initiative

March 21, 2006

Wind River has launched an initiative aimed at simplifying the development of devices based on processors with multiple cores. The company's Multicore Processing (MCP) initiative includes chip and software vendor partner programs, off-the-shelf tools and filesystems efforts, a service and training component, and extensive involvement with various standards bodies. (more…)

OSU creates world’s first totally transparent IC

March 20, 2006

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have used conventional photolithography techniques to produce completely transparent integrated circuits from inorganic compounds, an advance called a “quantum step” toward extremely inexpensive electronics that can be embedded in automobile windshields, cell phones,… (more…)

Real-time Linux workshop seeks speakers

March 20, 2006

The Real-time Linux Workshop is soliciting papers for its eighth annual conference, set for October 12-15 in Lanzhou, China. Papers should present original work on general topics related to real-time Linux research, experiments, and case studies, as well as integrating Linux with other RTOSes (real-time operating systems), according to organizer Nicholaus McGuire. (more…)

Free Linux stack for Sharp Zaurus revised

March 20, 2006

The OpenZaurus Project has achieved a new release of its free Linux software environment for Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus PDAs. OpenZaurus 3.5.4 supports most older Zaurus models, and includes nearly 3,000 source packages, along with native and cross-development tools that let developers create custom PDA… (more…)

Wind River buys safety-critical net stack vendor

March 20, 2006

Wind River has acquired a secure network stack vendor for $20 million in cash and stock. Interpeak AB of Stockholm, Sweden, offers stacks for carrier-grade routers, access equipment, WiFi nodes, and small-footprint networked devices, including the first TCP/IP stacks for Linux-based routers and embedded hosts to achieve “IPv6-Ready” certification. (more…)

FAA grants RSC status to Linux-friendly RTOS

March 20, 2006

A proprietary RTOS capable of running Linux binaries has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a re-usable software component (RSC). LynuxWorks says LynxOS-178's RSC acceptance will enable greater software reuse among integrators and developers of safety-critical aerospace and defense components. (more…)

Low-cost thin client runs Mandrake Linux

March 17, 2006

Computer Lab International (CLI) has added a mid-range model to its line of thin clients based on Mandrake Linux. The MT1500t supports attachment to VESA-compliant monitors, and works with mainframes, midrange systems, and servers running Linux, Windows, or Citrix. (more…)