Asus E-DT / E-Monitor / E-TV – Linux Based Low Cost Devices

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux Embedded devices last updated January 30, 2008

Asus is extending the idea of Low-cost Linux based computer and gadgets to desktop PCs, TVs, and Monitors.

Asus has named the upcoming additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one system and a TV. The details are as follows:

a) E-DT – Desktop PC, No Monitor – Cost between $200-300.

b) E-Monitor – 19-21″ screen all in one desktop computer like iMac – Cost around $499.

c) E-TV – 42″ Plasma with computer technology on board running Linux.

More information available here. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap TV / Pc?

Nokia to Acquire Trolltech For USD 150 Million

Posted on in Categories Business, Linux Embedded devices, Linux phone, Make money with Linux last updated January 28, 2008
Nokia to Acquire Trolltech Open Source Product Company

Recently, Sun acquired MySQL for USD 1 billion. Today Trolltech announced that they have entered into an agreement that Nokia to acquire Trolltech for USD 150 million. Congratulations, Eirik, Haavard and the crew.

Trolltech created Qt, a multi-platform C++ Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) framework which also includes packages such as data structures and a networking library. The popular free Unix desktop environment KDE uses. From the press release:
Trolltech Open Source Product Company

Nokia and Trolltech ASA today announced that they have entered into an agreement that Nokia will make a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech (www.trolltech.com), a company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Trolltech is a recognized software provider with world-class software development platforms and frameworks. In addition to the key software assets, its talented team will play an important role in accelerating the implementation of Nokia’s software strategy.

Nokia will offer NOK 16 per share in cash. The board of directors of Trolltech has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept Nokia’s Offer. Holders of 35,024,830 shares, representing approximately 66,43 % of Trolltech’s issued shares and votes have as of January 27, 2008 irrevocably undertaken to accept the Offer. Haavard Nord, Vuonislahti Invest AS (controlled by Eirik Chambe-Eng), Teknoinvest and certain funds managed by Index Ventures are among the shareholders who have agreed to tender their shares to Nokia.

Digital Electronic Stethoscope Powered by uClinux ( Embedded Linux ) Distribution

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux distribution, Linux Embedded devices, News last updated December 26, 2007
uClinux - Embedded Linux/Microcontroller Project Logo

A team of electrical and computer engineering students at Calvin College is designing a digital electronic stethoscope running uClinux (pronounced “you-see-linux”) as its operating system. The team has chosen the Coldfire MCF5275 Microprocessor from Freescale. This is a 32-bit microprocessor with built-in USB Device, Ethernet, harware encryption, and eMAC. The eMAC (Enhanced Multiply Accumulate Unit) allows the processor to perform the intensive calculations required to do digital filtering and audio compression.The team has decided to use µClinux as the project operating system. µClinux is a very small (1 MB) open-source Linux operating system that will run from flash memory. The team has successfully compiled the µClinux kernel and is running it on the development board.

Digital electronic stethoscope powered by uClinux ( Embedded Linux ) distribution
(Fig 01: Simple, accurate, and easy to use electronic stethoscope! [Image credit – project home page])

The device is in its early stages of development and the project proposal and feasibility study is completed.

=> An electronic stethoscope powered by uClinux (via ./)

How to use a Bluetooth phone with Linux

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux Embedded devices, Linux phone last updated December 11, 2007

This short guide explains how to use Bluetooth to pair a mobile phone with a Linux desktop computer and use Bitpim to access phone data:

My desktop computer doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth support, so I used a cheap USB Bluetooth adapter. I started by installing GNOME’s Bluetooth tools. On Ubuntu, that is the gnome-bluetooth package. I also installed the gnome-vfs-obexftp package, which makes it possible to use GNOME’s file manager to transfer files between your computer and a Bluetooth-enabled phone that supports the Object Exchange (OBEX) protocol.

Display real-time system information from your Linux box on a LCD with LCDproc software

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Linux, Linux Embedded devices last updated October 4, 2007

I’m currently working on a small project. I came across cool software called LCDproc. If you have HD44780-based display you can build really cool system for just US $15.

LCDproc is a piece of software that displays real-time system information from your Linux/*BSD box on a LCD. The server supports several serial devices: Matrix Orbital, CrystalFontz, Bayrad, LB216, LCDM001, Wirz-SLI, Cwlinux(.com) and PIC-an-LCD; and some devices connected to the LPT port: HD44780, STV5730, T6963, SED1520 and SED1330. Various clients are available that display things like CPU load, system load, memory usage, uptime, and a lot more. CDproc supports Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Darwin and Solaris (beta support). LCDproc cycles through several screens of information. The screen order and display duration can be configured at run-time.

The CPU Utilization screen displays the system’s current CPU utilization. These values are the normal values reported by Linux.

Above is the CPU Utilization screen displays the system’s current CPU utilization. These values are the normal values reported by Linux. The percentage in the title bar is the sum of all non-idle cycles, and the bar graph at the bottom of the display reflects this percentage.

Download LCDproc software

=> Visit LCDproc Project Home Page.

Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Linux phone review

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Linux, Linux Embedded devices, Linux phone last updated August 20, 2007

I did used Motorola RAZR V3 for sometime in 2006 before I dropped it into a swimming pool 🙁 The new RAZR 2 has a bigger screen, better UI, quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE and Linux platform. OSnews has published a review for the new RAZR 2 V8:

The RAZR2 V8 is a quad-band GSM and EDGE phone, it features two 240×320 TFT screens (one internal 2.2″ and one external touchscreen 2.0″), 512 MBs internal storage out of which 420 MBs are accessible, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, a microUSB charging/data/audio port, and a 2 MP camera without flash. The V8 came with a headset, a British-style charger (PureMobile added to the package both a converter and a mini-USB Motorola-branded charger), a microUSB 2.0 data cable, CDs and manuals, and a 770 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Linux phone review

=> Read review here and you can get Motorola RAZR2 V8 Spec Sheet here.

It is believed that it is one of the most popular cell phones around the world. And now it has been updated to run Linux. There is also V9 model with 2Mp camera and a full HTML browser. I want one. I might get this one or may be Apple iPhone.

Nokia E90 Review (Good for sys admins)

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Linux Embedded devices last updated July 26, 2007

I’m still stuck with Blackberry and Nokia 6130, good folks at Osnews has posted a nice review of Nokia E90 business phone:

The E90 is a Communicator-class device and very popular among businessmen, but also among system administrators too (one of our friends, sysadmin at Google, is using Nokia’s qwerty/wifi devices specifically for SSH access). Read on for our review of the impressive E90.

Also checkout Nokia E90 and N95 side by side feature chat. I don’t have any plan to get new phone but I might try out Nokia 800 Internet Tablet PC soon :D.

BTW, do have an iPhone? If you have let me know your experience…

Linux USB Pen / Stick RAID

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux Embedded devices last updated July 14, 2007

Tux does all sort of things including setting up a RAID on USB sticks 🙂

From the article:

This is an example of productive and practical use of a RAID. Granted, this project does not have the archaic grandeur of a Floppy Disk RAID, but then again, the capacity and performance of this system are utterly superior to those of a Floppy Disk RAID. The following is meant as an instruction sheet of how to build a rock-hard USB stick RAID system and simultaneously transform from an ordinary nerd to a SUPER LINUX GURU.

USB stick RAID in ACTION!

Download of the day: Fedora 7 CD / DVD ISO

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux Embedded devices, RedHat/Fedora Linux last updated June 1, 2007

Update: Nov-25,2008: Fedora Linux 10 has been related and available for download.

Update: Nov-7,2007: Fedora Linux 8 has been related and available for download here.

Fedora 7 has been released. The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source project. Its goal is the rapid progress of free and open source software and content. It offers cutting edge softwares for desktop usage. The latest version of the popular Linux distribution has a lot to offer users and developers.

New in Fedora 7

=> This release features GNOME 2.18 and KDE 3.5.6.

=> This release integrates Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology with Fedora’s graphical virt-manager and command-line virsh tools. KVM provides a hardware accelerated virtualization solution, and users have a choice between KVM and Xen, along with Qemu, in this release.

=> In this release, the performance of yum, Pirut, and Pup have been significantly improved.

=> This release features integration of a new FireWire stack in the kernel for more robust device handling.

=> Fedora now includes improved power management through implementation of dynamic ticks in the kernel.

Fedora
(click to enlarge, more screenshots @ Fedora Website)

=> I can now install Fedora on my Sony VAIO Notebooks

=> See Fedora 7 release notes.

Download link – ( Download Fedora )

Download of the day: Fedora Core 7 CD / DVD ISO
You can download Fedora via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).

Fedora 7 DVD ISO download

= > Visit mirror to download Fedora ISO images (2.7 GB)

Fedora 7 Live CD ISO download

=> Use Live CD (700M) if internet connection is slow or you just want to see how Fedora works. You can install fedora from Live cd.

Fedora 7 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

=> Download from BitTorrent (requires a BitTorrent client)