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WELCOME TO THE LINUXDEVICES.COM EMBEDDED LINUX NEWSLETTER
August 29, 2002
by Rick Lehrbaum -- Executive Editor, LinuxDevices.com
(online html version)
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LINUX, THE GPL, AND A NEW MODEL FOR SOFTWARE INNOVATION
In this 47-page whitepaper, Matt Asay ("former Linux
naysayer-turned-disciple") analyzes the GNU General Public License
(GPL), picking apart what it means (and does not mean) for users,
and whether it is enforceable. Asay also details how its terms
inhibit and foster innovation, and why we should care. Asay wrote
this paper while attending Stanford Law School, where he studied
under Professor Larry Lessig. Also included, is a proposed
revision to the GPL. This interesting and informative whitepaper
is 'must reading' for anyone interested in the Embedded Linux
IBM SHOWCASES IPV6, OTHER ADVANCED FUNCTIONS ON LINUX WATCH
At the recent LinuxWorld Expo & Conference in San Francisco, IBM
demonstrated IP layer mobility using IP version 6 and Intelligent
notification on the next generation of its Linux wrist watch
prototype. IBM says they are the first to demonstrate Mobile IP
version 6 on such small platforms as a wrist watch.
DSI RELEASES NEW NETWORK STORAGE PROTOCOL INTO OPEN SOURCE
The Data Storage Institute (DSI) has released the HyperSCSI
protocol and reference implementation code into open source.
HyperSCSI is a new storage protocol designed for the transfer of
SCSI data and commands over networks. The current protocol release
runs on Ethernet-based networks.
CARRIER GRADE LINUX: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
In this EE Times article, John Mehaffey (of MontaVista Software)
details the use of Linux in telecom equipment designs. Mehaffey
examines Open Source Development Lab's (OSDL) efforts to set
standards to bring Linux into compliance for 'Carrier Grade'
UCLIBC VERSION 0.9.15 IS RELEASED
Those cramming Linux into tight quarters will be pleased to know
that uClibc 0.9.15 is now available. The release fixes a number of
problems that have turned up since the last release, and uClibc now
passes all tests in the Perl 5.8 and Python 2.2.1 test suites, both
with and without pthreads.
ROYAL PHILIPS UNVEILS LINUX-POWERED 'GATEWAY-ON-A-CHIP'
Royal Philips Electronics announced 'the first Linux-based
Gateway-on-a-Chip' system solution. The offering includes
processors, software, and boards for manufacturers of small office
/ home office (SOHO) broadband routers, and is said to provide an
International Computer Security Association (ICSA)-certifiable
Firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution.
NEW MIPS32 PROCESSOR SUPPORTS MULTI-THREADED EMBEDDED LINUX
Lexra announced a high performance MIPS32-based processor for use
in its SOCs for packet processing applications. The 500 MHz LX4580
implements 4-way hardware multi-threading, and supports Linux with
full SMP support running on all four hardware threads.
'FIRST 1-CHIP USB OTG CONTROLLER' BOASTS EMBEDDED LINUX
TransDimension and Intrinsyc Software demonstrated a new
single-chip USB OTG (On-The-Go) host/peripheral controller, the
OTG243, at this week's USB 2.0 Developer's Conference The demo was
hosted on Intrinsyc's SA1110-based CerfPDA development platform,
and made use of TransDimension's USB OTG drivers and stacks running
on either Linux or Windows CE.
ECOS VERSION 2 NOW LICENSED UNDER GPL
This article at SD Times examines the current state of Red Hat's
eCos operating system now that Red Hat has backed away from
promoting it, and discusses the implications of eCos version 2 now
being licensed under a modified version of the GPL.
GETTING STARTED WITH JAVA ON LINUX
Writing at Linux Journal, Daniel Solin provides an informative
tutorial focused on installing and testing JDK and Resin to set up
a Java application server.
JFS MERGED IN LINUX KERNEL 2.4
The 'Journaled File System' Technology for Linux was included in
Marcelo Tosatti's Linux 2.4.20-pre4 release of the kernel.
STUDY FINDS LINUX TO BE 'EXTREMELY SECURE'
The Evans Data Summer 2002 Linux Developer Survey reports that
Linux's inherent security and reliability are among the attributes
most valued by developers. In-depth interviews with more than 400
developers actively engaged in Linux work confirmed that
occurrences of viruses and hacker attacks within the Linux
environment are relatively scarce.
THE KERNEL HACKER'S GUIDE TO SOURCE CODE CONTROL
This Linux Journal article by Greg Kroah-Hartman gives a tutorial
on kernel development using 'patch' and 'diff'.
XBOX GOES ONLINE . . . WITH LINUX
ZDNet reports that the Xbox Linux Project has released software
that allows the console to deploy across a network.
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