"RL: Why did Transmeta decide to create a new Linux
distribution, when there are already so many available?"
"Quinlan: Although to date Crusoe sales have mostly been in the
notebook computer space, Midori is not meant for notebook
computers. We expect standard Linux distributions to be used in
notebooks, with perhaps a few minor additions to better support
Crusoe's power management features such as "LongRun". Instead, the
focus of Midori is on small devices like Web pads, rather than
notebook computers, where system resources such as RAM and Flash
memory tend to be very limited, where you don't have hundreds of
megs of RAM or disk space."
"Transmeta created a Web pad reference design, based on the
Crusoe processor, which serves as a development system for product
designs. For example, the Gateway Connected Touch Pad is based on
our Web pad reference design and many other products based on it
are in various stages of development. Midori Linux is currently
targeted primarily to this platform, in order to provide
Transmeta's customers with a ready-to-use Linux environment. It's
also meant to serve as a platform for developing new technologies
to support these kinds of devices."