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NewsForge: The next Linux: A mobile version - from Transmeta

Mar 01, 2001, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)

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"According to Ziff Davis, Torvalds' employer is getting set to release source code for its shaved-down, memory- and energy-efficient version of Linux. According to the report, Transmeta should be posting the source code for its Mobile Linux operating system to its Web site in the next two weeks or so. Although the exact release date isn't set, it should be before they set up the display booth at Hall 13 Germany's massive CeBIT show in mid-March."

"This could be interesting. Admittedly the Transmeta version might not be exactly Alan Cox embodied in silicon as one satirical Web site suggested, or LinusTorvalds, the portable edition, either. But the Transmeta design may be as close as we've gotten to see what Torvalds thinks a stripped down version of the operating system ought to look like."

"In the last couple of weeks between my day job and my other gigs, I developed a fairly extensive list of appliance and embedded systems developers working various compacted and embedded versions of Linux. ... The one's I did talk to went off the record, but their response was essentially: 2.4 is nice and Linus is to be congratulated and we'll certainly look at it, and bring its features to our platform, but there's not a lot there for us. ... Linux for Transmeta may mark a change in that thinking."

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