December 9, 2004

MIPS 2.6 Kernel LSP from MontaVista

Patricia Colby writes "MontaVista Software has announced the immediate availability of a MIPS evaluation Linux Support Package (LSP) for MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition (Pro), based on the 2.6 Linux kernel and MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 applications and tools. Earlier this year, MontaVista announced availability of a 2.6-based evaluation version of MontaVista Pro for Intel x86 platforms, including the generic x86-586, IA32- Pentium II and IA32â Pentium III.

This latest evaluation release is based on the MIPS Malta LSP and provides MontaVista customers currently working on a MIPS platform the opportunity to try out the new 2.6 kernel. This evaluation release includes existing applications originally developed for the current release of Pro 3.1, which is based on the 2.4.20 kernel. It is available to all current MIPS customers of MontaVista Linux, and can be downloaded from the MontaVista Zone⢠of the companyâs Web site at

With this new version of Pro, MontaVista offers MIPS developers many of the advanced features of Linux kernel 2.6, while providing them with the tested stability of existing quality products.

New features include:

o High Resolution Timers

o KGDB (kernel debugger) Support

o Interrupt Latency Measurement

o Linux Trace Toolkit

o Configurable System V Semaphores

o Cross-Development Build Enhancements

This MontaVista Pro evaluation allows MIPS customers to continue the development work they have begun on the 2.4.20 kernel and provides them with a complete and compatible environment to test their applications on the new kernel. The evaluation version is designed for use with both Windows and Linux-hosted cross-development tools."

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