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Linux.com: Kernel 2.4 Ascends the Palmtop (and Other Handhelds)

Feb 20, 2001, 16:23 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Palm-tops and embedded devices are an ever expanding market. As with any hardware a geek might be interested in, Linux has been ported to many of these. Several Linux start-ups are primarily focused on this market, as well. Kernel 2.4 brings some new features to this class of device. Linux already has run on a Palm Pilot, soon, with this technology, it may be networking your toaster with your fridge to your cell phone!"

"Support for typical embedded and palm-top chips, and support for the flash memory devices and additional file-systems which make development simpler are all new with 2.4. The two primary file-systems making embedded devices happier are cramfs, and ramfs which both allow filesystems to be created within RAM. 2.4 also adds USB support and continues to use a wide range of IrDA (infrared data transmission) ports."

"Most of these new changes exist within the Memory Technology Device (MTD) Subsystem. The MTD project homepage says, "we're working on a generic Linux subsystem for memory devices, especially Flash devices. The aim of the system is to make it simple to provide a driver for new hardware, by providing a generic interface between the hardware drivers and the upper layers of the system."

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