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LinuxDevices.com: An interview with Midori Linux project leader Dan Quinlan

Mar 19, 2001, 23:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"RL: Why did Transmeta decide to create a new Linux distribution, when there are already so many available?"

"Quinlan: Although to date Crusoe sales have mostly been in the notebook computer space, Midori is not meant for notebook computers. We expect standard Linux distributions to be used in notebooks, with perhaps a few minor additions to better support Crusoe's power management features such as "LongRun". Instead, the focus of Midori is on small devices like Web pads, rather than notebook computers, where system resources such as RAM and Flash memory tend to be very limited, where you don't have hundreds of megs of RAM or disk space."

"Transmeta created a Web pad reference design, based on the Crusoe processor, which serves as a development system for product designs. For example, the Gateway Connected Touch Pad is based on our Web pad reference design and many other products based on it are in various stages of development. Midori Linux is currently targeted primarily to this platform, in order to provide Transmeta's customers with a ready-to-use Linux environment. It's also meant to serve as a platform for developing new technologies to support these kinds of devices."

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