"SnapGear Inc. announced what it calls the world's first free
'commercial grade' embedded Linux distribution that targets
development of secure Internet-enabled products. The distribution
supports a range of processors, both with and without memory
management units (MMUs), and includes toolchains and library
support, resulting in a 'one-stop' executable and source
collection, the company said.
"Supported non-MMU processors are said include Motorola
ColdFire, ARM, and LEON SPARC, while supported processors having
MMUs include Hitachi SuperH, Intel XScale IXP425, Intel x86, and
other ARM cores.
"'In the past, building embedded Linux software without the cost
of a commercial toolkit required the collection and integration of
a tool-chain, kernel, applications, and many patches,' commented
SnapGear CEO Rick Stevenson. 'This was a difficult and
time-consuming process. We've been through this exercise many times
and built up a sophisticated multi-platform build environment
including tool-chains, kernels, and many applications useful in
embedded devices--especially those with advanced networking and
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