April 29, 2003

SnapGear Announces Embedded Linux Distribution

Miles Gillham writes "New embedded Linux distribution brings together a big developer wishlist - for free.

SnapGear Inc., a leading supplier of Internet security products and OEMable solutions, has unveiled the world's first

free commercial-grade embedded Linux distribution for development of secure Internet-ready products.

The distribution brings together embedded Linux support for deeply embedded microprocessors that lack a memory

management unit (MMU) such as Motorola ColdFire®, ARM and LEON SPARC together with

MMUful cores such as Hitachi SuperH®, Intel XScale IXP425®, Intel x86, and other ARM cores. The distribution includes toolchains and library support

providing a "one-stop" executable and source collection. A hermit crab was selected as the distribution mascot

to represent the link with "SnapGear" while portraying the embedded essence of a hardened yet compact embedded

product solution.

CEO of SnapGear, Rick Stevenson, said: "In the past, building
embedded Linux software without the cost of a commercial toolkit
required the collection and integration of a tool-chain, kernel,
applications and many patches. This was a difficult and
time-consuming process. We've been through this exercise
many times and built up a sophisticated multi-platform build
environment including tool-chains, kernels and many applications
useful in embedded devices, especially those with advanced networking
and communications requirements. In the true spirit of open source
we are making this freely available so that others can benefit.
Where SnapGear adds value is that we design, manufacture and
provide fulfillment services for turn-key embedded products
world-wide. This distribution represents just a piece of that puzzle.".

Core maintainers Greg Ungerer and David McCullough were excited by the release. Mr Ungerer said: "This

distribution represents the state-of-the-art in embedded Linux development in the true open source spirit.". Mr

McCullough added: "We've had the opportunity to put together our entire box of tricks including so many different

processor architectures, toolchains, and library support."

Pricing and Availability

The distribution is available for immediate free download from www.snapgear.org

and can be purchased on CD for a nominal postage and handling charge.

About SnapGear, Inc.

SnapGear Inc. produces SnapGear VPN Firewall Appliances designed to provide Internet security and privacy of

communications for business use. SnapGear Inc. also does complete custom engineering and provides turnkey development,

design, manufacturing, and fulfillment services for a variety of customers around the globe. For more information on

SnapGear products and services please visit www.snapgear.com

"SnapGear" is a trademark of SnapGear Inc. All other products, services, companies and

are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


Link: snapgear.org


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