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:
etown.com: Linux-based PDA Due From Royal
"Ever get the urge to design and program your own PDA applications?
You may get your chance early next spring. Royal, makers of the
daVinci line of bargain personal digital assistants (PDAs) will
unveil the DV6 and the DV7, the first two Linux-based PDAs."
Japanese get first taste of Crusoe chip
"The first notebook PCs based on Transmeta's Crusoe chip have been
released by Sony in Japan, in a move that will be the first
commercial test for the much-anticipated microprocessor."
Intel's growing discomfort with the presence of Transmeta in
their space is showing more and more as these two stories
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
Cobalt, fresh off their acquisition by Sun, announced the new
Cobalt Networks Unveils Next Generation Qube Server
"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.
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."
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