AllLinuxDevices: Weekly Roundup: October 25, 2000
Oct 25, 2000, 19:48 (0 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
In This Issue:
We're very interested in the http://handhelds.org project for a
couple of reasons. First, it's attracted some noteworthy hackers;
second, it offers a path to handheld Linux that doesn't require
waiting around for a manufacturer. The project has yielded results
already: a dramatically reduced X (under 800k), numerous ports, and
some other interesting developments, not the least of which is the
port of the Python programming language to the environment:
The Week That
Three items offered a look at Linux from the embedded angle,
with a piece appearing in Business 2.0 proving especially
provocative. We're still fond of imagining a place for Linux on the
desktops of moms and pops everywhere, so the notion that Linux will
be a mere 'also ran' in that area wasn't the most palatable. We're
in full agreement, though, with the idea that the Linux kernel is
nothing if not malleable. Argue the merits of the applications all
you want, Linux is turning up everywhere.
Linux.com: Why Embedded?
"The new generation of Linux-based embedded devices have a
different market. ...the largest advantage to an embedded system is
what it doesn't have ... it doesn't have the look of a computer. As
far as personal computing has come in two decades, a majority of
the public still associates moderate discomfort with configuring a
Business 2.0: Darwin, Linux, and Radiation [embedded applications
are the future of Linux]
"If you want to understand why Linux is the most important
operating system in the world, ignore the posturing about Linux on
the desktop, and pay attention to the fact that IBM has just ported
Linux to a wristwatch, because that is the kind of news that
illustrates Linux's real strengths."
ZDNet: Linux Gets Smaller
"Odds are, you've heard about the advent of embedded Linux, given
the many recent news announcements. Several high-profile companies
(including IBM and Intel ) are developing prototypes. Embedded
Linux will lead to a wide range of diminutive products running the
open-source operating system. In fact, many believe embedded-Linux
devices will outnumber Palm devices in two years." "
Transmeta continues to be in the headlines, as well. First, we
caught ZDNet with a set of benchmarks they claim indicate Crusoe
just isn't a real performer:
From elsewhere in the embedded world, we also had a pair of
stories about other embedded operating systems from the *nix side
of the fence:
ZDNet UK: Neutrino OS is Unix flavour of the month
"And unlike Linux, which requires licensers to provide source-code
changes back to the community, QNX owns the rights to all of its
POSIX APIs, so vendors can make changes to differentiate their
products without having to go public with them."
BSD Today: BSDCon 2000: Choosing an OS for Network
"Lastly, Evans covered BSD: impressive platform support (such as
NetBSD), very stable, very secure, fastest TCP/IP stack good driver
support for standard devices, amendments to kernel code doesn't
have to be made open source and another pro is that BSDs have early
access to "experimental" technologies. Some cons for the BSDs,
according to Evans, are: limited commercial technical support,
limited driver support for niche devices and BSD requires a "leap
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- We talk server appliances with IBM.
- This is the month for the initial release of the
Agenda Linux handheld computer... we're in line for ours, and
we'll bring you a look at one as soon as we can!
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