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LynuxWorks raises bar on RTOS with LynxOS 4.0

Author: JT Smith

Victor Domine sends us this press release: Building upon its expanding success with the most advanced and open embedded operating systems and tools solutions portfolio, LynuxWorks today announced the general availability of its next major revision to its popular LynxOS real time operating system (RTOS).

LynxOS 4.0 raises the bar for RTOS vendors by adding Linux binary compatibility and enhancements in networking, porting support, and performance.Squarely positioned to set a new industry benchmark for performance and openness, LynxOS 4.0 adds an array of new enhancements that have been designed to attract customers away from using similar products offered by Wind River, QNX, and other off-the-shelf or in-house proprietary operating systems.

LynuxWorks is offering LynxOS 4.0 as a stand-alone solution with a selection of tools, or as part of several new industry specific software solutions designed to further streamline the development process (see related release).

“With this new version of LynxOS, our customers can leverage significant technological advances such as increased real-time performance and the latest in networking technologies,? said Inder Singh, CEO of LynuxWorks. ?In addition, with the application binary interface (ABI) compatibility, we offer unprecedented levels of openness and compatibility between Linux and LynxOS, which gives customers a strategic advantage when using our products. For the first time, embedded developers can truly plan long-term and be assured that as their products and market requirements change, they can quickly migrate between operating systems, or add new products that are compatible with very little effort.”

LynxOS has a long history of technology leadership, meeting the most rigorous performance and compatibility demands of real-time and embedded applications. The operating system has been a popular choice among embedded developers for more than thirteen years in key industries, including telecommunications, Mil/aero, automotive, and office, industrial and retail automation. Unparalleled in its hard real-time response, stability and open standard interfaces, LynxOS provides the full determinism and reliability necessary for mission-critical and real-time embedded applications.

Unique in the high-performance RTOS world, LynxOS also offers its users the Linux processing model, POSIX conformance and open, standard application programming interfaces (APIs). The result is that OEMs have access to a larger pool of programming talent, and a greater choice of compatible applications and tools, decreasing overall development times and related costs for new embedded products.

30 Percent Performance Boost
Recent internal tests show that LynxOS 4.0 task response has been improved over the previous release by over 30 percent. It exhibits true linear scalability, remaining deterministic regardless of the number of tasks performed at any point. Absolute determinism and kernel threading allow for interrupt routines to be short and fast, ensuring predictable response even in the presence of heavy I/O. Systems based on LynxOS are able to perform their multiple tasks more reliably and deterministically than previously possible.

True ABI Compatibility
The only hard real-time operating system to offer true application binary interface (ABI) compatibility to Linux, LynxOS 4.0 lets users run Linux applications unmodified under LynxOS or to augment real-time applications on LynxOS with applications from Linux. The innovative capability eliminates porting and maintenance issues when migrating existing Linux applications to the hard real-time LynxOS platform. The compatibility is implemented through the use of dynamically linked shared libraries for minimum intrusion into the kernel, providing flexibility while maintaining stability and compatibility.

Updated for Advanced Networking
LynxOS 4.0 gives developers access to state-of-the-art networking technology. The new networking capabilities make it the most advanced of all the commercial RTOS offerings, with features such as IPSec, IPv6 and an integrated firewall. The TCP/IP stack has been enhanced for reentrancy, determinism and performance, and includes the latest protocols for networking and routing, such as OSPFv2, BGP-4 and RIPv2. Tests, with small packets where 100BaseT wire speed is not a limiting factor, showed performance increases by more than 90 percent over the previous LynxOS release. This is due to enhancements to the new stack for better throughput and drivers optimized for speed. Gigabit Ethernet support is also provided with performance at up to 93% of wire speed. This will enable LynxOS users to quickly deploy systems with the latest in networking technology.

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks, the technology leader in the embedded software market, provides complete solutions that incorporate operating systems, software development products and services for the world’s most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a founding member of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a leading participant in the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks’ headquarters are located in San Jose, California. The company focuses on leading the embedded software market in performance and openness and its products include the open-source BlueCat Linux and the scalable, Linux-compatible LynxOS real-time operating system. World class companies use LynuxWorks’ products, including: 3Com, Alcatel, Boeing, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marconi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC USA, Raytheon, TRW and Xerox. For more information, please visit www.lynuxworks.com.

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LynuxWorks introduces LynxOS real time OS

Author: JT Smith

Victor Domine writes: “Popular Real-Time Operating System Sets New Industry Benchmark for
Performance, Enhanced Networking and Linux Compatibility.”

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 11, 2002 – Building upon its expanding success with the most advanced and open embedded operating systems and tools solutions portfolio, LynuxWorks today announced the general availability of its next major revision to its popular LynxOS real time operating system (RTOS).

LynxOS 4.0 raises the bar for RTOS vendors by adding Linux binary compatibility and enhancements in networking, porting support, and performance.Squarely positioned to set a new industry benchmark for performance and openness, LynxOS 4.0 adds an array of new enhancements that have been designed to attract customers away from using similar products offered by Wind River, QNX, and other off-the-shelf or in-house proprietary operating systems.

LynuxWorks is offering LynxOS 4.0 as a stand-alone solution with a selection of tools, or as part of several new industry specific software solutions designed to further streamline the development process (see related release).

?With this new version of LynxOS, our customers can leverage significant technological advances such as increased real-time performance and the latest in networking technologies,? said Inder Singh, CEO of LynuxWorks. ?In addition, with the application binary interface (ABI) compatibility, we offer unprecedented levels of openness and compatibility between Linux and LynxOS, which gives customers a strategic advantage when using our products. For the first time, embedded developers can truly plan long-term and be assured that as their products and market requirements change, they can quickly migrate between operating systems, or add new products that are compatible with very little effort.?

LynxOS has a long history of technology leadership, meeting the most rigorous performance and compatibility demands of real-time and embedded applications. The operating system has been a popular choice among embedded developers for more than thirteen years in key industries, including telecommunications, Mil/aero, automotive, and office, industrial and retail automation. Unparalleled in its hard real-time response, stability and open standard interfaces, LynxOS provides the full determinism and reliability necessary for mission-critical and real-time embedded applications.

Unique in the high-performance RTOS world, LynxOS also offers its users the Linux processing model, POSIX conformance and open, standard application programming interfaces (APIs). The result is that OEMs have access to a larger pool of programming talent, and a greater choice of compatible applications and tools, decreasing overall development times and related costs for new embedded products.

30 Percent Performance Boost

Recent internal tests show that LynxOS 4.0 task response has been improved over the previous release by over 30 percent. It exhibits true linear scalability, remaining deterministic regardless of the number of tasks performed at any point. Absolute determinism and kernel threading allow for interrupt routines to be short and fast, ensuring predictable response even in the presence of heavy I/O. Systems based on LynxOS are able to perform their multiple tasks more reliably and deterministically than previously possible.

True ABI Compatibility

The only hard real-time operating system to offer true application binary interface (ABI) compatibility to Linux, LynxOS 4.0 lets users run Linux applications unmodified under LynxOS or to augment real-time applications on LynxOS with applications from Linux. The innovative capability eliminates porting and maintenance issues when migrating existing Linux applications to the hard real-time LynxOS platform. The compatibility is implemented through the use of dynamically linked shared libraries for minimum intrusion into the kernel, providing flexibility while maintaining stability and compatibility.

Updated for Advanced Networking

LynxOS 4.0 gives developers access to state-of-the-art networking technology. The new networking capabilities make it the most advanced of all the commercial RTOS offerings, with features such as IPSec, IPv6 and an integrated firewall. The TCP/IP stack has been enhanced for reentrancy, determinism and performance, and includes the latest protocols for networking and routing, such as OSPFv2, BGP-4 and RIPv2. Tests, with small packets where 100BaseT wire speed is not a limiting factor, showed performance increases by more than 90 percent over the previous LynxOS release. This is due to enhancements to the new stack for better throughput and drivers optimized for speed. Gigabit Ethernet support is also provided with performance at up to 93% of wire speed. This will enable LynxOS users to quickly deploy systems with the latest in networking technology.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks, the technology leader in the embedded software market, provides complete solutions that incorporate operating systems, software development products and services for the world’s most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a founding member of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a leading participant in the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks’ headquarters are located in San Jose, California. The company focuses on leading the embedded software market in performance and openness and its products include the open-source BlueCat Linux and the scalable, Linux-compatible LynxOS real-time operating system. World class companies use LynuxWorks’ products, including: 3Com, Alcatel, Boeing, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marconi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC USA, Raytheon, TRW and Xerox. For more information, please visit www.lynuxworks.com.

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Mozilla 0.9.9 browser suite milestone released

Author: JT Smith

Mozilla 0.9.9 is out! MozillaQuest Magazine (MozillaQuest.com) reports: “AOL-Netscape’s Mozilla Organization released the Milestone 0.9.9 edition of its Mozilla browser suite today — ten days behind schedule. . . . Mozilla 0.9.9 is the last planned milestone before the scheduled April 2002 Mozilla 1.0 release. . . . Mozilla 0.9.9 is, in effect, analogous to a final product release-candidate. Although Mozilla 0.9.9 overall seems to be the best Mozilla milestone yet, it’s really not final release-candidate quality. . . . Still noticeably absent from Mozilla is a spell checker . . . Mozilla still has lots of annoying bugs and behaviors. There are pages that display correctly with the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser that do not display correctly with the Mozilla browser. . . . All-in-all, the Mozilla browser-suite still does not offer any compelling, performance reason for people to switch from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser to AOL-Netscape’s Mozilla browser. Check this MozillaQuest.com story for pictures, details, links, release notes, and full story!

Category:

  • Open Source

Microsoft’s Xbox fails to wow Japanese market

Author: JT Smith

NewsFactor Network writes: “Japanese customers recently complained so vociferously about Xbox video-game consoles scratching the edges of discs played in them that Microsoft had to post a public apology on its Japanese Web site. But the defects — which Microsoft said yesterday involve “significantly less than 1 percent of systems sold” in Japan — may not be the biggest problem the company faces in trying to crack one of the most important video-game markets. The most daunting problem for Xbox could be the lukewarm reception it has received since it launched two weeks ago on the home turf of competitors Sony and Nintendo.”

Bnetd fights back with support of EFF

Author: JT Smith

Anonymous Reader writes: “The EFF has taken the bnetd v. Blizzard case. LawMeme has the story.”

Category:

  • Migration

AOL in deal with Red Hat to use Linux

Author: JT Smith

Yahoo: “AOL Time Warner has hired software firm Red Hat Inc to convert some of its computer systems to the open-source Linux operating system, according to sources close to talks between the two companies.” This story doesn’t mention that the Red Hat/AOL talks were first reported at NewsForge.

Category:

  • Linux

JGraph v1.0 released

Author: JT Smith

Gaudenz Alder writes: “JGraph 1.0 is now available with full documentation. With this final release, the open-source component offers a 100 % stable, fully standards-compliant API to display and edit graphs (networks). JGraph is already known for its outstanding quality and performance, and this release continues the tradition with a wealth of features at a surprising small size of 130 K! JGraph integrates nicely into the Swing component class hierarchy and supports drag and drop, clipboard, history, zoom, layering, grouping, editing, and much more. Visit the JGraph website at http://www.jgraph.com/

Porting Solaris applications to Linux

Author: JT Smith

Dejected @Work writes “For anyone thinking that porting from Solaris to Linux is easy just because they’re both based on Unix, think again. IBMs eServer Developer Domain released this porting guide designed to assist in porting a Solaris application to Linux. It highlights some quirks along with an article on reasons to port to Linux.”

Category:

  • Linux

Mozilla 0.9.9 browser-suite milestone released

Author: JT Smith

Mozilla 0.9.9 is out. MozillaQuest Magazinereports: “AOL-Netscape’s Mozilla Organization released the Milestone 0.9.9 edition of its Mozilla browser suite today — ten days behind schedule…. Mozilla 0.9.9 is the last planned milestone before the scheduled April 2002 Mozilla 1.0 release.”

New Dutch BSD site

Author: JT Smith

sPiNe writes “A while ago BSDFreaks.nl was created to help newbies and assist freaks with all their BSD related problems. This portal site for BSD users is in dutch and contains news items, howtos, links and reviews. With its own irc channel and board it could become a huge knowledge base for BSD users. Check it out ! www.BSDFreaks.nl