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CNET News.com: Start-up helps bring Linux to gadgets

Jun 22, 1999, 03:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"MontaVista Software, a three-month-old Silicon Valley start-up, will write a version of Linux called Hard Hat for use on Force Computers "tiny" computers with embedded processors. The project will begin with Intel-based machines and later will include PowerPC machines."

"MontaVista will focus on "the need for small memory footprint, guaranteed response, high availability, and other key issues that desktop Linux does not provide," the company said.

"Other examples of Linux in small devices: a Web server smaller than a matchbox, Compaq's prototype Itsy, Wyse's diskless thin clients, Empeg's MP3 car audio systems, and NetGem's TV set-top boxes. Some have even put Linux on Palm Pilots.

"Hard Hat isn't the only open-source project in the embedded space. Cygnus Solutions has its eCos project..."

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