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Novell, VMware unveil collaboration pact

Novell and VMware said Tuesday that they are collaborating so independent software vendors can build SUSE Linux Enterprise virtual appliances. The two companies will also develop VMware-ready appliances on SUSE Linux.

February 24, 2009 by

Red Hat nets embedded deals

Red Hat has signed deals to bring its GNUPro software-development tools to Sanyo's Xstormy16 CPU and to support the AltiVec instructions in Motorola PowerPC chips, the companies said this week. The deals, announced at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco, thus far involve only Red Hat's GNUPro development tools for writing and debugging software. Red Hat, though, always seeks expanded contracts that involve Linux and another open-source operating system called eCos, a Red Hat representative said. Sanyo's Xstormy16 is used in devices without much computing power, including audio devices and home appliances. AltiVec is technology built into many PowerPC chips that speeds up operations such as audio processing. The technology is useless, however, unless software can take advantage of it, and supporting AltiVec in GNUPro will allow Linux to get past that roadblock. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

March 12, 2002 by

Sun makes a Linux U-turn

A year ago it looked as though Solaris would replace Linux on Cobalt appliances. Now Linux is seeping out into the Solaris space. What's with Sun's U-turn?

February 8, 2002 by

STM opts for embedded Linux software

Tuxia, a Germany-based developer of Linux software for embedded devices such as Internet appliances, announced that chipmaker STMicroelectronics will use Tuxia's TASTE software for its STPC family system-on-chip processors aimed at Web terminals and stripped-down "thin-client" PCs. TASTE includes an operating systems based on the Linux 2.

August 15, 2001 by

Lineo launches Linux server-app arm

Linux company Lineo has established a wholly owned subsidiary called Snapgear to sell special-purpose server appliances, the company said Tuesday. The products, on sale now for prices less than $300, will handle tasks such as setting up a protective firewall, adding storage space to the network or establishing encrypted connections called "virtual private networks" (VPNs).

July 10, 2001 by

State of the server operating system wars

The week of June 20 saw interesting tidings in the x86-based operating system front—good news for Windows enthusiasts, and bad news for the Linux contingent. First, the Linux news: LynuxWorks, a Linux vendor that specializes in developing embedded operating systems (systems that go inside Internet appliances, hand-held computers, and industrial equipment) decided to postpone its initial public stock offering.

July 8, 2001 by

Tuxia aims for Linux market in China

German Linux start-up Tuxia has cut a deal to bring the company into the expanding and potentially gigantic Chinese market for Internet appliances.

June 26, 2001

Linux makes the move to China

Germany's Tuxia, an embedded Linux startup, on Friday announced a deal to bring the company into the expanding Chinese market for Internet appliances. Tuxia is to co-develop Linux-based gadgets like thin client terminals, set top boxes, PDAs and Web pads with Beijing Orient Electronics Group, a large manufacturer of electronics components and displays.

June 24, 2001 by

Next up: Linux for Internet appliances

Linux has been at the center of a great deal of activity lately. One sign of the ferment swirling around the open source operating system is that it is starting to appear in cell phones, set-top boxes and other Internet appliances.

July 28, 2000 by

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