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Archive for December, 2007

Editors’ retrospective — Linux Devices in 2007

December 31, 2007

As 2007 winds to a close, the editors of have assembled a retrospective aimed at highlighting major trends and events in the world of embedded Linux. Of the approximately 1,200 stories we published this year, these were the most important, in our opinion. (more…)

Article series explains object database

December 28, 2007

Throughout 2007, IBM's DeveloperWorks site has published a series of articles describing how to work with db4o. Collectively known as “The Busy Java Developer's Guide to db4o,” written by Ted Neward, principal, Neward & Associates, the series has now been concluded via a new article on transaction security. (more…)

Vendor of Linux-based DVR “unlocks” DRM

December 28, 2007

Does Microsoft's “PlaysForSure” motto really mean it plays for sure? Does Apple's “FairPlay” play fair? Not exactly, says Linux-based media device vendor, Neuros, which is promoting an “Unlocked” media trademark in response to branded, proprietary digital rights management (DRM)… (more…)

Linux-based laptop goes under review microscope

December 27, 2007

Jeff Campbell (aka “Mr. Zonbu”) has reviewed the Linux-based Zonbu Notebook. His final review score — 8.5 out of 10 — balances praise for thorough features, sharp display, and excellent support, with some questions over performance and design. (more…)

German firm ships Linux-compatible PrPMC module

December 27, 2007

A new PowerPC-based PrPMC (Processor PCI Mezzanine Card) is available from esd-electronics system design gmbh. The Linux-compatible PMC-CPU/440 CPU module can automatically switch between monarch (PrPMC) and non-monarch (PMC) mode according to the system's requirements. (more…)

Automation computer boasts six serial ports

December 27, 2007

Advantech has extended its range of “embedded automation computers” with a system that offers Pentium M or Celeron M processing power and runs Linux. The UNO-2176 offers PC/104 and CompactFlash expansion, plus two 10/100 Ethernet and six serial ports, the company says. (more…)

Low-cost Linux-compatible laptop ships in Vietnam

December 27, 2007

A low-cost laptop for children based on Intel's Classmate PC design is now shipping in computer stores in Vietnam. Hacao's Classmate PC is pre-installed with Hacao Linux 2.16 Professional, a Vietnamese-language distribution based on Puppy Linux. (more…)

First release of perl in five years arrives

December 21, 2007

Just in time for Christmas, there's a new version of perl, the first in over five years. The first update since 2002 to the “practical extraction and report language,” perl 5.10 adds both new language features and an improved perl interpreter, according to community site Perl Buzz. (more…)

New book reconsiders the X factor

December 21, 2007

O'Reilly has published a Power Tools book about the X Window System. Chris Tyler's X Power Tools purports to fill a void caused by the lack of recent books about the 20-year-old graphical interface, and it offers a special focus on Linux. (more…)

Linux-based NAS storage devices expand capacity

December 21, 2007

Netgear has introduced five Linux-based networked attached storage (NAS) products. Targeted at “prosumers” and small to medium-sized businesses, Netgear's ReadyNAS NV+ systems offer higher capacities than previous Infrant models, and come in 1.5TB (terabyte), 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB versions, as well as a 4TB rackmount version. (more…)

Credit-card sized COM module unveiled

December 21, 2007

Kontron has announced the first board in its newly proposed “nanoETXexpress” standard for CPU modules. The nanoETXexpress-VX8 is based on a mysterious new highly integrated x86-compatible chip(set), measures 2.16 x 3.3 inches (55 x 84 mm), and targets hand-held medical and data devices, Kontron said. (more…)

Nokia N810 Internet Tablet gains remote media player

December 20, 2007

A San Francisco-based startup selling media-sharing software for home PCs and mobile devices has ported its flagship application to Nokia's Linux-based Internet tablet. Webot says its “Webot” software lets Nokia's WiFi-connected N8x0 Internet Tablets render music or photos stored on remote Linux, Windows, or Mac PCs. (more…)

German firm rev’s Linux-compatible GUI test tool

December 20, 2007

Bredex GmbH announced the release of version 2.0 of its Linux-compatible GUIdancer automated GUI test-tool. The Eclipse-based GUIdancer now supports the testing of Java (Swing, SWT/RCP) and “HTML applications,” and has added a reusable projects feature. (more…)

SoC for low-cost STBs runs Linux

December 20, 2007

STMicroelectronics (STM) has announced volume production of an SoC (system-on-chip) intended for standard-definition set-top boxes (STBs). Designed with an emphasis on low cost, the STi5202 uses the SH-4 core and supports Linux, the company says. (more…)

Embedded Linux vet joins database company

December 20, 2007

Issaquah, Washington-based McObject has hired former Metrowerks VP Christopher J. Mureen as chief operating officer (COO). Mureen will have primary responsibility over sales and marketing at the company, which sells the ExtremeDB in-memory, real-time database for embedded platforms, including Linux. (more…)