LynuxWorks Embedded Beta Based on 2.6 Kernel

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Print this article Print

Embedded Linux developer LynuxWorks Inc. has embraced the upcoming Linux 2.6 kernel in its latest product.

Embedded Linux developer LynuxWorks Inc., shaking off the legal uncertainty around Linux and whether it includes unauthorized Unix code, has embraced the upcoming Linux 2.6 kernel in its latest product.

The San Jose, Calif., company this week will announce availability of a public beta program for the next version of its embedded Linux operating system, BlueCat Linux 5.0, which is based on the as-yet-unreleased Linux 2.6 kernel.

The 2.6 kernel is the release that makes Linux "suitable for the embedded market as it comes out of the box," LynuxWorks CEO Inder Singh told eWEEK last week.

BlueCat Linux 5.0, the first embedded Linux implementation based on the 2.6 kernel, is scheduled for release in November. Meanwhile, the 2.6 production kernel isnt expected to be released much before the end of the year.

The enhanced real-time features in the 2.6 kernel will provide developers with greater performance that was unattainable in earlier versions of Linux. The kernel is pre-emptible and has an embedded scheduler at a much lower latency, Singh said.

LynuxWorks targets the communications and defense aerospace markets with its products and counts Lockheed Martin Corp., Rockwell International Corp. and The Boeing Co. among its customers.

The beta is targeted at developers interested in testing the Linux 2.6 kernel for a range of development applications, from small consumer devices to large systems. Singh said he is not seeing a pullback from government and enterprise customers as a result of The SCO Groups legal threats against IBM and the corporate Linux community.

Not all Linux users are unconcerned, however. Robert Proffitt, an embedded-programming consultant in Boston, said he is worried by the SCO moves and would feel more comfortable paying for a license than waiting until the matter is resolved in court.

Proffitt welcomed BlueCat Linux 5.0 and LynuxWorks move to release an embedded operating system based on the 2.6 kernel. "These better kernels are always welcome," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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