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AllLinuxDevices: Weekly Roundup: October 11, 2000

Oct 11, 2000, 20:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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It was a busy week in the embedded Linux world for everything from handhelds to appliances. Here are a few of the highlights, from first news of Royal's upcoming Linux PDA, to a HOWTO for Debian on an iPAQ, to Vita Nuova's hopes to produce a strong contender for Linux via Inferno.

There was a trio of interesting stories for handheld fans:

The first Crusoe-based laptop shipped in Japan, with a US release slated for the end of this month:

Intel's growing discomfort with the presence of Transmeta in their space is showing more and more as these two stories revealed:

  • Australian IT: Sluggish Intel sledges Transmeta
    "Transmeta says a lot of stuff. So far they haven't provided any people in the press or the analyst community with samples of their products," [Intel Chairman] Barrett said."
  • NY Times: Intel Defends Its Mobile-Chip Turf "Intel, the world's largest semiconductor maker, said that its current generation of mobile Pentium processors already consumed less power on average than Transmeta's, and that a set of technologies on the horizon for 2002 or 2003 would keep Intel comfortably in the lead."

Cobalt, fresh off their acquisition by Sun, announced the new Qube3 appliances:

  • Cobalt Networks Unveils Next Generation Qube Server Appliance
    "The Qube 3 is a complete Internet server appliance integrated with Web-based applications and tools. Small to medium-sized organizations, workgroups, branch offices, and educational institutions can use the Qube 3 to serve Web pages, share files across the network, process e-mail, serve as a firewall and improve network performance via caching."

And we had an announcement that garnered no small amount of interest about an x86-based processor (Linux compatible, no less) that can run off a single AA battery:

Finally, elsewhere in the embedded world, Inferno got a boost from Vita Nuova, who opened an office in the US and announced plans to market the OS agressively. Maybe even a little *too* agressively, as a reader sent us a scanned copy of their marketing copy that made some easily debatable claims about Inferno vs. Linux:

  • Vita Nuova Expanding Into U.S. Market
    "Vita Nuova, which is incorporated in the United States as Vita Nuova Inc., has customers in 21 countries across four continents. It is a developer and distributor of Inferno, a compact, efficient operating system for embedded devices, and Plan 9, a general-purpose operating system for networked devices."
  • Inferno's more free and runs on more platforms than Linux!
    "Ad copy hype isn't anything new... so maybe we shouldn't be too surprised when Inferno's marketing folk decide to indulge themselves a little."

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