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Mobile Linux Arrives... shortly

Mobile Linux Arrives... shortly - PCSTATS
Abstract: All that is about to change, as Transmeta gears up to release the venerable offshoot of Linux to the open source community some time this quarter.
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Mobile Linux Arrives... shortly


It seems that the words Linus Torvalds, Transmeta and Mobile Linux were first mentioned many years ago, but in actuality, its just been slightly over a year. In that time not much as been said about Mobile Linux and the host of devices which were supposed to run it.

All that is about to change, as Transmeta gears up to release the venerable offshoot of Linux to the open source community some time this quarter.

Still not much has been said about what to expect from Mobile Linux, or even what version is being released, but regardless the anticipation is mounting within the Linux community.

Several recent adaptations to Mobile Linux have been disclosed and they include two particular features. First, the mobile version of Linux has be enhanced to enable remote configuration and upgrades. A feature which underlines the eventual use of Mobile Linux to run a host of mobile internet devices geared towards the average consumer.

Another recent addition to Mobile Linux says Transmeta is enhanced capabilities for low power states. With Crusoe touting lower power use, it only makes sense to have a mobile operating system capable of using that advantage to the full degree.

With Mobile Linux on the cusp of reality there is one aspect oddly absent from recent Crusoe-based product announcements... Mobile Linux. While several devices have been displayed by such companies as Hitachi and FIC using the Mobile Linux operating system, none of the dozen or so products to make it to market have included the software, or made any indication that they plan to.

The grip of Windows is strong, and Mobile Linux will have a good challenge breaking it down to the point where the average consumer will feel comfortable using it. Apart from a small group of VAIO C1VN users intent on removing all traces of the lack-luster WinME OS, immediate applications of Mobile Linux may be a bit premature.

Companies like Rebel.com, who have teamed a Crusoe processor up with the Linux 2.4 kernel in their latest Netwinder Office server have seen just a taste of what Crusoe can do in the Linux environment. If all indications are correct, Crusoe is wickedly adapted to the Linux environment, making its' performance with Windows even more intriguing... Not because it apparently performs below par, but because the emphasis is emphatically on Crusoe and the Windows environment right now.

Where it once was that Crusoe and Mobile Linux went hand in hand, it now seems as though the push to couple Transmeta's processor with its' OS is on the back burner.

Could it be that even a brand new version of Linux is a hard sell?


 

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