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Firms partner to produce small footprint Linux+GUI

Oct 25, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Coventive Technologies and Metro Link today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will combine Coventive's embedded Linux OS kernel and Metro Link's graphic display technology to create a complete embedded Linux solution for Information Appliance (IA) manufacturers. Together, the companies intend to develop and offer the industry's smallest footprint Linux operating system and graphics solution for new IA's, such as hand held computers, set top boxes and web pads. To meet the IA market's strict technical requirements, Metro Link will port Micro-X, to the Intel StrongArm 1110 Assabet board, running Coventive's XTinux embedded Linux operating system kernel.

The embedded computing elements of many IA devices must deliver maximum functionality within the smallest of memory footprints-and conserve power consumption. Both Coventive and Metro Link have created products expressly for IA use:

  • Coventive's XTinux is an embedded Linux software solution that adds the power and connectivity of Linux to IA products. Weighing in at just 143KB, XTinux is believed to be the smallest known fully functional commercial embedded Linux software kernel.

  • Metro Link's Micro-X is a standards-based, multi-platform X server that has very small server requirements (as little as 600KB). Micro-X is customized to individual IA manufacturer's specifications, providing the desired functionality in the smallest possible memory footprint.

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