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[News] Two New Embedded Linux-supported Products

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ADI Engineering Releases New Ready-To-Run Software and Turnkey Evaluation Kits
for Its WISP and OEM Wireless Products

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| CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ADI Engineering, a 
| leading supplier of high-performance wireless router boards and turnkey Wi-Fi 
| equipment for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and OEMs, today 
| announced the availability of two new software releases that greatly enhance 
| the ease of use and functionality of its products. ADI's Pronghorn SBC and 
| Pronghorn Metro SBC lines of wireless router boards and turnkey wireless 
| systems are now fully supported by both OpenWrt and a new free Linux Board 
| Support Package (BSP) available directly from ADI.        


VirtualLogix(TM) Virtualization Software is First to Deliver Real-Time
Virtualization(TM) on Symbian OS(TM)

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| Reinforcing its leadership position in the Real-Time Virtualization(TM) 
| market for mobile devices, VirtualLogix(TM), Inc. today announced that its 
| virtualization software product, VirtualLogix VLX, is the first to support 
| Symbian OS(TM), the market leading open operating system for advanced 
| data-enabled mobile phones. VirtualLogix will demonstrate a prototype 
| configuration of the Symbian OS running simultaneously with Linux on several 
| mobile platforms at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London, on 21-22 October 
| 2008.       



Embedded Linux has more friends than you may know

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| Sony recently announced that one of its BRAVIA LCD TV factories will double
| production from 2 million TV sets per year to 4 million to meet growing
| demand in Europe. Sony has sold more than 20 million of these TVs, and
| they're all built with embedded Linux.
| So what? Embedded Linux is no surprise. Sony and tens of thousands of other
| companies, from huge to tiny, use embedded Linux every day to deliver
| successful products in every market. That is not news.
| Ten years ago, though, embedded Linux was a surprising-even shocking-idea to
| most people. Back in 1998, fresh from victory in the RTOS industry, I
| introduced the idea of building a software company to make Linux a suitable
| OS for developing smart devices. When I told people the idea, they gawked as
| if I was a few lines short of compilable code.
| "You want to build a company on software that's available for free?" I was
| asked. "Based on the gigantically bloated Unix OS? And with some oddball GPL
| license? How fast do you expect people to kick you out of their office?"
| Every market survey showed that the demand for embedded Linux was zero. When
| we released our first product, industry experts agreed that nobody needed it.
| Embedded Linux won't work because it is "too big, too slow, and not
| real-time," said the head of one RTOS company. The president of another
| derided embedded Linux as "a royal pain in the ass," so no developer would
| ever use it.
| I took heart from a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi: "First they ignore
| you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
| [...]
| Analyst firms don't agree on how many device engineers use embedded Linux,
| but they all say the number is substantial: 21% of developers use embedded
| Linux, according to last year's Embedded Systems Design survey; 36.7%,
| according to current research by Embedded Market Forecasters. This April, VDC
| reported that Linux is now the leading embedded OS. It shouldn't be
| surprising. After all, commercial Linux vendors succeed because they
| understand what design engineers are looking for.


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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