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AllLinuxDevices: Weekly Roundup: November 1, 2000

Nov 01, 2000, 23:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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This Week's Feature:

There are a lot of Linux devices out there floating around, and still more on the horizon. We got to take a look at one this week in the form of the Axis 2120 Network Camera.

The Axis can be hooked up to a LAN and configured via a web interface. You don't have to look far to find Linux in there, either: just ftp to the camera, and peruse the file system to your heart's content. There's an embedded web server, an ftp server, and Linux 2.038 under the hood, all clocking along at almost 100 bogomips.

Our article has pictures, and a rundown of the camera. Interesting stuff, and a lot of fun to play with:

The Week That Was:

Truly good news for the embedded Linux community broke this week, as TrollTech announced that they'll be placing the Qt/Embedded toolkit under the GPL. This won't change conditions for commercial operations much, since they'll still be buying the TrollTech commercial license to develop under Qt/Embedded, but it does make it easier for free software developers to write for the toolkit.

Another interesting point raised during our interview with CEO Haavard Nord was the fact that after GPL'ing Qt/X11 - the version used with KDE - in September, TrollTech actually saw an increase in revenues as high profile companies decided to take the toolkit on for projects. And why not? There's a veritable army of developers out there who are familiar with Qt, and now that it enjoys general community support under its new license, there's not much stopping its growth.

One other note on this though:

If you're interested in seeing Qt/Embedded in action, there will be demonstrations at COMDEX of the toolkit, a few PIM apps, and some games running on iPAQ's and Casio Cassiopeias. According to Mr. Nord, there are already some KDE apps being ported over to Qt/Embedded.

Elsewhere, anyone who has a real need to own an Agenda VR3 may finally have their chance. We reported just last night that Agenda Computing, makers of the Linux handheld, have kicked off a developer program. By signing up, you're entitled to $70 off the Agenda VR3 Developer Edition, a beefier version of the handhed. They aren't taking credit cards - once you sign up you have to print a PDF file and send in your check:

In the mean time, even if you don't care to don the mantle of 'developer' long enough to claim an Agenda, you can still always pick up an iPAQ and load Linux onto it. The whole process of having your very own Linux handheld was made that much easier this week by the creation of a binaries repository at handhelds.org:

Next week will mark the launch of the Indrema Developer Network. The IDN is the result of work between CollabNet and Indrema to provide open source/free software developers a chance to produce games for a cutting edge game console. We'll be on hand at the press conference and the launch tour of the new site. LinuxPlanet editor Kevin Reichard, though, had something to say about the viability of the Indrema, launching as it is in a sea of hard competition:

Kevin's points are well-noted: Indrema's got a tough row to hoe in this market, and the fact is that loyalty to Linux as a decision in buying an Indrema is misplaced. Embedded Linux works for a lot of people, but it isn't your desktop's operating system. If Indrema's going to make it, it will have to be on the strength of its games - not the "gee whiz" factor of claiming you have a k-rad Linux games box.

Finally, on the business front:

Transmeta will launch its IPO next Monday. We're curious to see how the company will do, and a little concerned that IBM, previously committed to a Crusoe laptop, has backed out. CNET chose a slightly gloomier assessment, while The Register thinks it's pre-holiday strategizing and maybe not the blow one might think.

Freelancers Sought:

We're still looking for writers to handle tutorials on embedded Linux development, especially where handhelds and the toolkits being used for 'net appliances (Microwindows, W Window/Toolkit, Qt/Embedded) are concerned. Please drop the editor a line with any ideas you have. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Coming Up:

  • Next week is the launch of the Indrema Developer Network. We'll be there, and we'll bring back coverage.
  • COMDEX is just around the corner, and we'll be there, too. There are lots of Linux devices getting ready to hit the market, and we'll provide as many hands-on looks as we can.

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