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[News] Introduction to MontaVista Linux 6, More Embedded Linux

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MontaVista Linux 6 Gets Market Specific

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| Linux has gained in popularity among server and device vendors as being a 
| good general purpose operating system. When it comes to device vendors which 
| often have different chip architectures and needs than a general purpose 
| operating system provides, there is a need for customization which adds time 
| and expense to a project. Embedded Linux vendor MontaVista is now taking aim 
| at that issue by splitting apart its Linux distribution into what it refers 
| to as Market Specific Distributions (MSDs).       


ARM Cortex-A8 development board rev'd

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| Board-specific Linux kernel support for the Beagle has been merged into the 
| mainline Linux/OMAP git staging tree at source.mvista.com/git. There have 
| been a number of hobbyist projects based on the BeagleBoard, including the 
| BeagleBot robot, the HY Research Beagle MID (pictured at left), and an 
| upcoming netbook with a detachable screen from startup Always Innovating, 
| called the Touch Book (pictured below).     



Four billion embedded systems shipped in '06


PCs being pushed aside in Japan

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| The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly 
| on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act 
| like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, 
| digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.   


Linux loyalty runs high among embedded software developers, says VDC

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| Looking ahead, 87% percent of Linux users plan to use Linux in their next 
| project. In both cases, use of free distributions outnumbered use of paid 
| distributions by a sizable margin.  


Linux to grow 278% in embedded/mobile/real-time apps

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| Linux use in "next" embedded, mobile, and real-time projects will grow 278 
| percent over that in "previous" projects, suggests a recent survey by Venture 
| Development Corp. (VDC).   

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