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[News] Linux 2009.0 Built for Sub-notebooks, ARM Advantageous to GNU/Linux

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Kernel Log: What's coming in 2.6.28 - Part 5: updates for netbooks and notebook

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| Following the kernel developers' addition of a driver to the kernel 
| supporting the ACPI Integrated Graphics Device OpRegion Specification, as we 
| reported previously, thanks to ACPI developers, a change to the driver found 
| its way into the kernel on Wednesday night. The modification tells the driver 
| to give preference to ACPI for controlling backlighting in notebook displays. 
| Netbook and notebook drivers for Asus – 1, 2, Compal, Fujitsu, MSI, Sony and 
| IBM/Lenovo now no longer control brightness if it can be handled by ACPI. 
| These two processes sometimes butted heads in the past.       


ARMed and Dangerous - to Microsoft

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| It's often forgotten that one of the strengths of GNU/Linux is the 
| extraordinary range of platforms it supports. Where the full Windows stack is 
| only available for Intel processors - even Windows CE, a distinct code-base, 
| only supports four platforms - GNU/Linux is available on a dizzying array of 
| other hardware.     



Ubuntu on a Chip: ARMv7 Devices to Get Full Ubuntu Desktops

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| Canonical has announced that because of increased demand from hardware
| manufacturers, it will begin supporting ARMv7 processors (used in many
| smaller and system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices) with an optimized, commercially
| supported, full version of the Ubuntu desktop.


Ubuntu to run on ARM

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| ARM has announced that it has made a deal with Canonical, the company behind
| the Ubuntu Linux distribution, to create a version of Ubuntu for ARM
| processors that will offer the full desktop experience on low power devices.


ARM Cortex-based netbooks due soon

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| While Microsoft has not produced an ARM-compatible version of its mainstream
| Windows operating system, the chip architecture is supported by Windows CE,
| multiple Linux distributions and a version of Apple's OS X.


Linux SDIO stack targets ARM SoCs

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| Chennai, India-based EmbWise has ported its Linux SDIO stack to two ARM-based
| system-on-chips (SoCs). Its SDIOWorx stack is now available for Freescale's
| i.MX31 and i.MX27 multimedia SoCs, which are primarily targeted at the
| personal media player (PMP), personal navigation device (PND), and video
| surveillance camera markets, says EmbWise.


Tiny boards gain Linux cross-tools support

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| Gumstix says its tiny ARM-Linux SBCs now support the OpenEmbedded (OE) build
| environment. In addition to pre-built Linux images, the company now offers
| a "gumstix-oe" collection of source files and bitbake recipes, for those
| wishing to use the open source cross-compilation environment.


Dual-core ARM SoC clocks to 1.2GHz

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| The MV7x SoCs are supported by a reference design development platform,
| including software drivers, toolchain, and BSPs for Linux, VxWorks, and BSD.



Why Ubuntu on ARM Could be a Rich Seam

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| ARM today announced that the total number of processors shipped by its
| Partners has exceeded ten billion.
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| [...]
| A Nokia-sponsored project is porting Ubuntu Linux to the ARM architecture.


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| Around 98% of the world's CPUs manufactured are used in embedded systems.


Four billion embedded systems shipped in '06


Linux still top embedded OS

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| In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
| following reasons for Linux's popularity:
|     * Licensing cost advantages
|     * Flexibility of source code access
|     * General familiarity
|     * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
|     * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS


Embedded Linux research report ships

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| EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
| embedded Linux.
| [...]
| Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
| code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
| specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
| factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux."
| The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
| Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
| platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
| development, and of course, Linux.


Microsoft Worried Over Linux Dominance In Embedded Space

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| Renames its family of products to target the embedded market.


Who's afraid of embedded Linux? Microsoft

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| ...Microsoft is fighting a losing battle here. It's like gravity.
| Eventually you just stop fighting and learn to accept it. Even Microsoft.

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