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ChipCenter: Test-Driving An Embedded Linux Distribution: Lineo Embedix

Mar 21, 2001, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian McGinty)

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"Please don't stop reading if you are not interested in Linux -- this column is written just for you. The best way to bring the magic of computers back is to learn to use Linux. I'll show you a fool-proof way to learn Linux on the cheap."

"I actually intended to use this column to review the Lineo Linux System Developer's Kit ever since picking up a free CD at the Boston Embedded Systems Conference last year. The Developer's Kit appeared to provide an impressive graphical interface for tuning all aspects of the kernel. However, I just discovered that the SDK is not on included on the CD, and the single-seat license costs $5,000. This concludes my review of the Lineo Embedix SDK."

"However, the Lineo Embedix distribution is great! Linux will run on almost any antique computer. Embedix installs on as little hardware as a 486SX PC clone with 8MB of RAM. Should you be so inclined, other Linux distros that run on a 386SX with 2MB RAM and 2MB of Flash memory are available. Many people install Linux on their primary computer and dual-boot into both Windows and Linux, but I prefer to devote an old computer to Linux instead. The reason is that you can safely make any mistake imaginable, which is an essential part of the learning process."

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