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Linux box shifts media from TV to mobile phone

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| KDDI's 'au BOX' hits the market in November for ¥315 (£1.60) a month,
| offering subscribers to its mobile phones the opportunity to fill their
| handsets with media via the TV set.
| Instead of using a PC and some kind of iTunes-like software to move movies
| and music to phones, the au BOX enables the TV as a web browser and prepares
| anything downloaded from au's various media services for transfer to a phone.
| Unified bill
| The Linux-based machine also has a DVD drive and can rip films and music CDs
| into a phone-compatible format too. Once done, it's a simple matter of
| connecting box and handset via USB for a quick mobile media hit.


Crystal Ball Sunday #12: Built-In Home Entertainment and Automation

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| Howdy and welcome to Crystal Ball Sunday #12: Built-In Home Entertainment and
| Automation . Linux is the perfect medium for set top boxes (aka Set Top Units
| or Personal Video Recorders (PVR)) because of its customizability,
| optimization features, and no cost status. Whether you know them as Set Top
| Boxes, Set Top Units, or PVRs; you may know these generic names better by the
| brand name: TiVo. These Linux-based PVRs are not TiVo but they do what TiVo
| does and much more. With a PVR, you can watch, record, pause, and rewind live
| TV, watch movies, create your own home theater system, and so on.



Death knell for television as we know it

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| Japanese media reports say the new television, which is likely to run on the
| open source Linux operating system rather than Microsoft Windows to save
| boot-up time, could be on sale locally by next March.


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.


Wind River, Intel ride Linux into car market

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| Intel and Wind River Systems have teamed up to create a Linux/x86 platform
| for car electronics, which will debut at the Telematics Detroit 2008
| conference today (May 20). The offering is based on Intel's low-power Atom
| processor and a new variant of Wind River's embedded Linux.


Linux Soon to be in your Car

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| Thanks to a new joint effort between Intel and Wind River, you may soon be
| running Linux in your car.


Intel and Wind River driving Linux infotainment systems to cars

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| Linux is in our computers, our phones, our Wi-Fi equipment, and our TiVos —
| why not our cars? Intel Corp. and Wind River have been working with both the
| embedded and automotive industries to advance in-vehicle infotainment (IVI)
| with open, Linux-based, standards-based, interoperable hardware and software
| called Open Infotainment Platforms (OIP).


Quick-boot Linux environment makes a splash

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| Asus says it plans to ship over a million Splashtop-ready motherboards per
| month, making this one of the largest Linux deployments ever.



Car computer runs Red Flag Linux

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| Red Flag Linux is a Chinese version of Linux based on Asianux.


Vehicle-mount computer runs Debian Etch

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| The MT7550 clocks its AMD Geode GX533 processor at 400 MHz, includes both
| Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, and comes standard with Debian
| Linux 4.0 ("Etch"). *


Rugged, fanless vehicle PC runs Linux

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| Acrosser has introduced a compact, fanless computer aimed at the harsh
| environments found in trucks, taxis, and other vehicular applications. The
| AR-ES0831FL runs Linux on Pentium and Celeron M processors, and meets
| IEC-68-2-6 vibration and IEC-68-2-27 shock standards, according to the
| company. * *


In-vehicle Linux system assists first responders

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| U.K.-based Thorcom Systems Ltd is shipping a rugged, Debian Linux-based,
| in-vehicle computer intended for emergency first responders. T


Debian Linux controls copter-like UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle]

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| Trek Aerospace used Debian Linux and open-source flight control
| software to build an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of
| vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The Oviwun weighs about
| six pounds, fits in a backpack, and includes a GPS system that
| enables autonomous flight and position control.


Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux

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| This automated vehicle uses a dozen Intel Core 2 processors, but at the
| bottom of the software stack is Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake" Linux. Ubuntu 6.06
| was chosen for being an LTS (Long Term Support) release. Perhaps next year's
| vehicle will be running Ubuntu 8.04? * *


Linux Powered PS3 to be used in DARPA Urban Challenge

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| With four years of autonomous racing experience and using Yellow Dog Linux,
| San Diego's Axion Racing is excited about showing folks other things that can
| be done using a PlayStation console. *


Linux well-positioned in booming telematics market

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| In five years, 30 million cars or 44 percent of the global total will ship
| with telematics devices such as navigation computers, safety systems,
| and "infotainment" systems, a study claims. The ABI Research report also
| forecasts a vibrant outlook for after-market telematics devices, where Linux
| has seen some success.


Finland's 'Open Source' Electric Car Plan

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| When I think of faraway Finland, I think of long, dark winters, saunas,
| reindeer and Nokia cellular telephones. I don't think of electric cars...
| until now.

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