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[News] More Openness on the Web, in Automation Also

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Google's O3D Joins Mozilla's Effort to Bring Rich 3D Environments to Browsers

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| We covered a 3D graphics initiative from Mozilla and Khronos here, and we've 
| written widely about how open source, 3D worlds, and 3D gaming are 
| converging, including here,  and here. Mozilla and Khronos have their eyes on 
| browser-based 3D graphics tools that can lead to gaming applications within 
| browsers, and 3D environments all around the web, including on social sites 
| such as Facebook and MySpace. The Canvas 3D graphics Firefox extension is 
| found and discussed here.      


Open Source Automation

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| SERCOS International (SI) has announced it will provide an open source 
| software driver library for the SERCOS lll real-time Ethernet communication 
| system master implementation. SERCOS III thus will be the first high 
| performance real-time protocol which makes driver software available as 
| source code, without any license fees and without any usage limitations.    
| [...]
| OSADL eG is an international cooperative that promotes and coordinates the 
| usage of open-source software in the context of machine and plant control 
| systems. OSADL represents the interests of machine builders, manufacturers of 
| automation hardware and software, and open-source service providers. Any 
| company can become a member of the cooperative.    



Automation computer runs Linux from flash

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| Moxa has announced a 19-inch rackmount computer that is intended for power
| substations and other industrial automation applications. The DA-681 runs
| Linux from flash storage and includes a 1GHz Celeron processor, four RS232
| ports, eight RS485 ports, six Ethernet ports, and dual power inputs, says
| Moxa.


Home Automation the Nokia Way

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| Nokia has opened a home automation project based around a Linux platform.
| They say you will be able to control your home from a browser or tablet or a
| cellphone. Direct to the project page.


Home automation in GNU/Linux

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| Home Automation is anything that your home does for you automatically to make
| living there more enjoyable or productive. It covers many areas, including
| remote and timed control of lights and electrical home appliances,
| distributed media services, and communication. Over the last 10 years, many
| hardware manufacturers have presented their own proprietary solutions to
| these problems. Unbeknownst to them, a groundswell of developers from around
| the world has been providing similar solutions to the free and open source
| community.
| In this introductory article, I will carry out a high-level review of a
| number of these projects to see what is already available.



Automation device maker taps commercial embedded Linux

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| Wind River has announced another design win for its Linux distribution
| targeting consumer electronics devices. AMX, which sells high-end industrial
| and home automation systems used in the White House's War Room and elsewhere,
| will switch its "Modero" touchpanels to Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux
| Edition (PCD-LE).


Glaucus Linux Powered Automation Appliance

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| "Glaucus is a computer configured specifically for the described
| automation tasks. Because it is not used as a general-purpose
| computer it is immune to problems like your children using
| software that interferes with the critical operations or even
| causes the computer to crash It uses the ultra-reliable Linux
| operating system. It has no monitor, keyboard or mouse. All
| interaction with it is through a browser interface..."

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