MontaVista Software has announced Meld, a new community for developers of embedded Linux devices, which enables device developers to connect and share information on embedded Linux development. In addition, MontaVista announced support for the Moblin Linux stack and Intel Atom processor. MontaVista Linux for Intel Atom will be available in mid-March.
MontaVista Software has announced Meld, a new community for
developers of embedded Linux devices, which enables device developers
to connect and share information on embedded Linux development. In
addition, MontaVista announced support for the Moblin Linux stack and
Intel Atom processor.
MontaVista officials said Meld provides a forum for developers of
all skill levels to connect and share information, ideas and software
around embedded Linux designs.
The Meld community will also feature social networking capabilities,
in addition to bringing embedded Linux developers together in an online
community. In Meld developers can: Participate in discussions groups to
collaborate on difficult design problems, sharing their expertise; use
Meld's People Map to find others who share similar interests in
architectures, host OS and other topics; and identify subject matter
experts and leverage their knowledge and experience to solve their own
"Linux is based on the idea of sharing knowledge, and there are
strong underpinnings of this throughout the Linux community, yet there
isn't a place for embedded Linux developers to go to collaborate and
experience that sense of community," said Joerg Bertholdt, vice
president of marketing at MontaVista Software, in a statement. "Now,
through Meld we want all embedded Linux device developers to come
together to share their knowledge, collaborate with one another, and
speed the design of innovative, commercial solutions running on
embedded Linux. A strong community benefits all of its members, and we
believe this forum will allow Linux to grow and prosper in embedded
"The Meld community will offer embedded Linux engineers a compelling
connected environment to find and share valuable information,
engineering experiences and collaborate on best practices," said Chris
Rommel, an analyst in VDC Research Group's Embedded Software and Tools
Practice. "Moreover, VDC expects that the embedded Linux development
community should be particularly receptive to this new forum,
especially given the increasing interest in Linux device development
and the prominent position of online social networking in today's
Meanwhile, MontaVista also announced support for the Moblin software
platform and Intel's Atom processors. And with more than 2,000
customers, and powering more than 50 million devices worldwide,
MontaVista Linux is a leader in providing Linux for the embedded device
developer. Company officials said the combination of MontaVista
technology with the Moblin open source platform and the Atom processor
provides a strong foundation for developers looking to build compelling
embedded Linux applications.
"Intel's Atom architecture and MontaVista Linux based on Moblin is
the best combination for our high-performance, multimedia gaming
machine platform EX6," said Jyoji Usami, president of Videomail Japan
Inc. "MontaVista's commercial quality and support combined with access
to the Atom and Moblin ecosystem allow us to bring a highly
differentiated gaming platform to market very quickly."
Moblin is an open source project hosted on Moblin.org. Moblin is
basically an optimized Linux software stack and technology framework
for building visually rich, dynamic and connected applications that run
on devices based on Intel Atom processor technology. The Moblin
architecture is designed to support multiple platforms and usage
models, ranging from netbooks to Mobile Internet Devices (MID), to
various embedded usage models, such as the In Vehicle Infotainment
"We are excited to be part of the Moblin community," Bertholdt said.
"It offers compatibility with existing and future x86 development
environments and tools allowing reuse of existing, mature development
infrastructure. By delivering MontaVista's embedded Linux
commercialization based on Moblin, device manufacturers can bring
commercial devices to market quickly and cost effectively. They will be
able to fully realize the benefits of the MontaVista and Moblin
investment across a very broad range of different embedded
applications, such as multimedia entertainment devices, industrial
devices with extended life time and temperature requirements and green
Ram Peddibhotla, open source business director, Intel Software and
Services Group, said, "The Moblin software platform and Intel Atom
processors provide a foundation for innovation by offering overall
performance advantages, fast boot and software compatibility."
MontaVista Linux for Intel Atom will be available in mid-March, MontaVista officials said.
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