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Free embedded Linux dev tools on tap at Euro OSS show

Feb 23, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Openembedded will host a booth at this weekend's Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels. Project representatives will demonstrate various devices running Linux — including an OpenMoko phone — and accept hardware donations from those interested in… seeing new targets added.

(Click for larger view of FIC's Linux/OpenMoko-based Neo1973 phone)

Openembedded is a build system for cross-compiling applications for specific embedded targets. It grew out of the OpenZaurus Project, and is currently used by embedded Linux distributions that include:

  • Angstrom — Described as the successor of OpenZaurus and OpenSimpad distributions, with support for “all kinds of handhelds”
  • jLime — for the HP 6xx series handhelds
  • Nylon — for the 4G AccessCube (aka MeshCube) wireless mesh router
  • OWMNR — wireless router distribution for x86, ppc, and mips
  • OpenSimpad — Linux distribution for the Siemens SIMpad and German Telecom's T-Sinus Pad
  • OpenSlug — Linux distribution for the Linksys NSLU2 network storage appliance.
  • OpenZaurus — Linux distribution for the Sharp Zaurus series of handheld computers

Additionally, OpenEmbedded was recently chosen by Taiwanese ODM (original design manufacturer) FIC for the OpenMoko project it sponsors. OpenMoko aims to create an open-source mobile phone distribution for devices such as FIC's forthcoming Neo1973 Linux phone.

FIC product development manager Sean Moss-Pultz recently told LinuxDevices that the first batch of Neo1973 phones would reach OpenMoko developers in mid-February, and go on sale on March 11. This suggests the “OpenMoko phone” to be demo'd at the Openembedded booth could be one of the first finished Neo1973 phones, rather than just a prototype.

In addition to the OpenMoko phone, Openembedded representatives will demonstrate various mini-ITX targets, and a Progear webpad, according to project participant Gerwin van der Kruis. Kruis also said the project's leaders will be on hand to speak with prospective users, and to accept hardware donations. He noted, “Donating hardware to the project means that more and more hardware will be supported.”

As in the past, this year's FOSDEM event features an embedded and kernel track likely to attract several hundred attendees.

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