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LinuxStockNews: Week in Review (July 3, 2000)

Jul 04, 2000, 10:56 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Hello Readers, this week we'll look at analyst coverage on VA Linux (NASD: LNUX), the open sourcing of MySQL (private), a hot new product from ZF Linux Devices (private), and some interesting new analysis from IDC. Read on for all the details!"

"Here is a breakdown of this week's events together with some commentary on what they mean to you."

"Monday, June 26 - ZF Linux Devices announced that it has produced what it is calling the MachZ 'PC on a Chip'. Featuring an ultra-low power consumption rate (1/2 Watt at 133 MHz) and a comprehensive software suite, including a fully implemented PhoenixBIOS, and the choice of a customized Linux implementation or the WindRiver VxWorks real-time OS. Each MachZ Integrated Development System also comes with Red Hat (NASD: RHAT) Linux 6.2 and LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux as well as the LynuxWorks development tools for creating compact custom Linux embedded applications. ZF Linux is targeting OEMs by delivering a more affordable alternative to porting third party software and searching for unique peripheral devices. Another interesting feature is the ZF FailSafe system that includes an autonomous boot on application of power (even if all external system software has been corrupted or is inaccessible) and operability even if DRAM or Flash memory is unavailable, making the MachZ virtually crash-immune. FailSafe also allows upgrades over the Internet. The features appear to be very rich, and the price will be very affordable (although specific ZF pricing models were unavailable). This is a product that seems like it could take Linux to the next level of competition. We here at LSN can hardly wait for some of the Linux-based Internet Appliances to come to market. If they turn out to be priced as expected, and the functionality is competitive, the Palm and Windows CE based devices will have to fight tooth and nail for market share. ZF also announced on Monday that they have secured $15 million in funding from a group including National Semiconductor and Samsung."

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