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Dec 05, 2000, 17:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nils Lohner)

Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 21:54:00 +0100 From: Nils Lohner lohner@debian.org To: debian-news@lists.debian.org Subject: [application] Debian-based Microship

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Debian-based Microship                                  press@debian.org
December 4, 2000

[ This post was written by Steven K. Roberts wordy@microship.com. 
  And what do YOU use your Debian machine for? :]

Just thought I'd let you know that the Microship is Debian-based, 
thanks largely to Bdale Garbee's excellent help with doing an install 
on an Octagon PC-500 embedded industrial PC board that was our first 
choice for the boatlet's big iron.  This board, still speaking 
Debian, is now part of the WANDER wireless data collection system 
we're spinning off for the NSF; we're currently evaluating the 
power-management trade-offs of building our micro-trimaran systems 
around the new Octagon PC-680 (with Tillamook CPU) or a suitable 
laptop that is already optimized for miserly current consumption but 
thinner on raw I/O and human-scale connectors.  In either case, we'll 
add VMWARE for the off-the-shelf navigation apps, use Squeak and a 
browser for the front end, and build all our real-time databases 
(from about 50 streaming telemetry channels) in MySQL with various 
Perl tools munging the data streams.  This machine sits atop a 
diverse network of embedded devices, including audio, video, and 
serial crossbar switches to allow random interconnections among 
resources... and talks to the Net via Globalstar satellite phone and 
packet radio.

Ongoing information about the project is at http://www.microship.com, 
and we'll be hosting all our software development on Sourceforge.

Cheers from Camano Island, Washington!

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE        Nomadic Research Labs
New Microship Website:          http://www.microship.com
Current location:               Camano Island, Washington

Activities of the moment (updated 12/3/00 23:00):  New Microship 
network drawing, console internals layout, and pondering a few 
head-scratchers on core linux server power management...

Current photos are at http://www.microship.com/latestnews/images/images.html