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DIY embedded Linux service enhances i586 support

Feb 7, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

TimeSys has added support for Intel's Pentium (i586) processor to its online service offering for embedded Linux developers who build and maintain their own distributions. The company says its Pentium “LinuxLink” service will help customers create embedded devices with Pentium-equivalent Via and Geode processors.

TimeSys's LinuxLink service is a subscription-based offering said to provide on-demand access to continuously updated processor-optimized Linux packages, components, and tools. LinuxLinks were previously available for dozens of popular embedded architectures, including Pentium III (686) class Intel processors.

Touted features of the new i586 LinuxLink subscription include:

  • Reference distribution offers starting point for building custom distros
  • Several kernel versions, including 2.6.19, for the latest advances
  • Repository of hundreds of source and binary cross-compiled packages
  • An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for embedded Linux development
  • Testing and profiling tools
  • An online environment that allows development teams to collaboratively design and build their distribution
  • Weekly alerts that notify customers of new content and resources
  • Access through the LinuxLink Developer Network to interactive support from TimeSys and the community

According to new TimeSys CEO Joe Raffa, “Many embedded developers are finding that processors based on the original Pentium architecture make excellent embedded target platforms from both a price and performance standpoint.”


LinuxLink subscriptions for the Intel i586 are available now. Pricing was not disclosed.

Other recent LinuxLink additions include Atmel's AT91SAM9260 processor, Freescale's MPC8272-ADS PowerQUICC II board, Freescale's i.MX31 processor, and uClibc embedded libraries.

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