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Embedded Distributions in the news. Embedded Linux is hot stuff right now. Now that Linux has a strong foothold in the server market, the embedded market is the next obvious target and bundled tools, such as Red Hat's Embedded Linux Developer Suite (covered on this week's Development page), will make all the difference between a superior OS and a superior OS that gets used. Consider MontaVista Software's announcement of VisualAge Micro Edition 1.4 (VAME) for Hard Hat Linux 2.0. VAME is a development and deployment solution from IBM/OTI, used for building multi-modal Java applications and the embedded devices that run them. This package combines the J9 Virtual Machine and Hard Hat Linux.
Having your embedded OS run on more platforms is always helpful as well. To that end MontaVista and Tensilica disclosed a technical and marketing agreement that puts Hard Hat Linux on to Tensilica's Xtensa processor architecture. The Xtensa platform has a configurable processor core so the devices which could be built would have more flexibility than the average embedded device. MontaVista Software Hard Hat Linux support for Tensilica's Xtensa processor architecture will be available in second quarter 2002 and will be included in Hard Hat Linux Professional Edition.
LynuxWorks Inc. also understands this as can be seen in this announcement of a new series of "bundle options" to include service and support with enhanced tools for the BlueCat Linux operating system platform. At the core of the bundle options is LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux 3.1, which supports architectures including Intel IA-32 and XScale micro-architecture, MIPS, ARM family (including Thumb extensions), StrongARM, PowerPC (including PowerQUICC) and Hitachi SuperH.
REDSonic is expanding into the industrial control and automation market. Soon REDICE-Linux will be running a variety of automation projects.
Debian News. The Debian Weekly News for September 3 reports on German use of Debian by professionals with Linux experience and incompatibilities with Red Hat C++ binaries.
Anyone interested in integrating Kerberos into Debian should probably join this mailing list.
The Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #105 For 28 Aug discusses available jobs and fixing stat, CD GRUB extras, Hurders Unhappy As Lookup Of "" Must Fail (differing symlink semantics), and other topics.
Mandrake News. This week's newsletter from Mandrake-Linux (issue #12) covers updates in Mandrake 8.1 Beta 2, the U.S. Air Force's use of Mandrake for public Internet access, and MacWorld coverage of Mandrake for the PPC.
The Mandrake Cooker Weekly News - September 3rd, 2001 contains the latest news about Mandrake Linux 8.1 (Raklet) beta (bugs found and why two betas); Cooker is frozen - new versions and features are banned from cooker, now its just bug fixes and more testing; there are tips on reporting bugs; and more.
OpenBSD drops qmail, djbdns. Those of you who enjoy licensing flamewars may want to wander into this incendiary discussion on the OpenBSD list. It seems that OpenBSD has dropped Daniel Bernstein's software due to licensing concerns - the same concerns that have kept qmail and djbdns out of most Linux distributions as well. (Found on LinuxFR.org).
Minor Distribution updates
Coyote Linux. The primary archive for Coyote Linux is being changed from ftp.vortech.net to ftp.coyotelinux.com.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
September 6, 2001