Open Source Engineering: GNU

Via's ARMTiGO A800 supports Linux

Via Technologies has announced a 12×12.5x3cm ARM Cortex-A8-based machine, writes Steve Bush.  ARMTiGO A800 is “the world’s smallest ARM system for embedded applications, including hotel automation, digital signage and, surveillance as well as for medical and healthcare applications”, claimed the firm…

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Google open source code-in contest for school students

Google has announced its Code-in contest will begin this November, introducing pre-university students to the world of open source development. From late November to mid January, students will be able to work with 10 open source projects on a variety of tasks, says Google. The contest starts November…

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Xilinx gets Linux specialist PetaLogix

Xilinx has announced the acquisition of embedded Linux specialist PetaLogix, writes Richard Wilson. The FPGA supplier has previously worked with PetaLogix for providing a Linux distribution for its MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors and more recently for a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 programmable SoCs…

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Leonardo Arduino board shows at Rapid

Educational charity Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a version of Linux optimised for the £25 computer’s ARM11 processor, writes Steve Bush. Called Raspbian, “this is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by Alex and Dom over the past couple of months, and replaces the existing Debian…

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Linux for electronic medical systems

Using Linux in medical devices is becoming common-practice, but there are important factors which developers and manufacturers need to consider, writes Ken Herold, senior systems engineer at Wind River Linux is the operating system (OS) of choice for a wide range of medical devices, from vital sign monitors to…

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Google's open source language gets to Go 1

This one just caught my eye on the Google Developers Blog – an update on its Go project, an open source programming language. Yesterday it officially reached version 1. Since November 2009, writes Scott Knaster on behalf of the “Go team”, “more than 200 outside contributors have made thousands of contributions…

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MIPS uses Sysgo RTOS to secure Android and Linux

We ran this one on the Eyes on Android blog, but this story may be of interest here, too… MIPS Technologies is collaborating with OS developer Sysgo to port its embedded virtualization technology to MIPS32 processor cores, writes Richard Wilson. Sysgo has a novel combination of real-time operating system…

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Open standards are better than open source - Synopsys

Here’s a recent article that may be of interest: an interview with Gabriel Lezmi, v-p European sales at Synopsys, which touches on open source software. He tells Electronics Weekly about the rise and rise of IP and the importance of open standards rather than open source in the…

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