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Midori "Mobile" Linux Opensourced

Midori
Abstract: Following through on its' promise to release Mobile Linux in quarter one of 2001, Transmeta has today open sourced the Linux varient.
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External Mfg. Website: Transmeta Mar 13 2001   Max Page  
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Following through on its' promise to release Mobile Linux in quarter one of 2001, Transmeta has today open sourced the Linux varient, "Midori" Linux - previously known as "Mobile Linux."

"Midori," which means green in Japanese, was chosen to reflect the low-power operating characteristics of Transmeta' Crusoe processors and the Mobile Linux operating system in general.

Midori Linux is being targeted towards use in mobile devices as well as low power, low thermal, and small foot print products. Transmeta expects Midori Linux to not only benefit these types of devices, but also the ultra-dense servers which have recently been announced by FiberCycle and RLX Technologies.

Under the terms of GNU General Public License, Midori Linux Ver 1.0.0-beta1 is available to the open source community through Transmeta' s website at http://midori.transmeta.com/pub/ Documentation for Midori can be found at http://midori.transmeta.com/manual/

Linux fans have been waiting since early last year to see exactly what Mobile Linux would come to envelop. Transmeta announced the operating system and demonstrated several devices using the software when it broke the silence, but since that time emphasis has been seen to shift towards Microsoft. Many of the original prototypes shown using Crusoe gave the appearance that Transmeta was intent on incorporating both Mobile Linux and Crusoe in many of the Notebooks and Web Pads.

For the most part notebooks have steadfastly remained in the relm of Windows Me and Windows 2000. Several webpad devices from the likes of Hitachi, Gateway, FIC, and Quanta were displayed using the Mobile Linux Operating system, but so far only the Gateway Touch Pad has been able to made it to North American consumers. Gateway has recently announced that the Touch Pad may be short lived, as focus is being shifted away from the now stalled Internet Appliance market.

VAR (Value Added Reseller) applications of Crusoe and Midori Linux (or just Midori Linux) seem to have the brightest future. Both Hitachi's Flora-ie 55mi webpad and FIC's Aqua 3400 i-Surf were debuted at Comdex 2000. Each company is rumored to have customers interested in releasing the products to the VAR market.

Midori Linux promises to be an influential version of Linux for embedded applications and offers several key improvements over previous kernel releases:

  • an ACPI-based power management system that reduces power requirements
  • support for Crusoe processor-specific power management features
  • a Flash ROM-based file system rather than a file system which is stored on a hard disk
  • a RAM-based file system which can reside in everyday memory
  • a boot/runtime system that can run from Flash ROM


 

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