Category: Software

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OLPC Summit: E-Toys for constructionist learning

Posted by Charbax – October 24, 2011

E-Toys is presented by Yoshiki Ohshima, one of the creators of the E-Toys app for the OLPC Laptop project.


This video was filmed using the new JVC GC-PX10 camcorder at 36mbitps 1080p50, you can download the full sample file here on Google Docs

Yifang Smart Pen for iPad

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2011

You clip a thing on the iPad connector and with that special Pen from Yifang, you can scrible and write text memos in the special iPad app that they provide.

20 years ago today, Linux was released

Posted by Charbax – August 26, 2011

On August 26th 1991, Linus Torvalds released Linux in the comp.os.minix newsgroup:

Hello everybody out there using minix -
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).
I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.
This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and
I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions
are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them 🙂
Linus (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi)
PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.

The creation of Linux was possible thanks to the Socialist system in Finland that provides free unlimited University education to its students, where Linus Torvalds was able to mess around with his own personal ideas for 8 and a half years for free:

Some talk by Linus Torvalds about Linux 10 years ago on the Charlie Rose TV show:

While Linux totally dominates in your smart phone (Android), in your TV/set-top-box, in the worlds servers that host all websites, in powering Government and Industry infrastructure, I believe that with Chrome OS and OLPC we are also soon likely to see Linux dominate for the home and enterprise desktop/laptop OS ecosystem.

20 years ago today, the World Wide Web was released

Posted by Charbax – August 6, 2011

Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web as a spare time project, the Google equivalent of a 20% project! He released the world wide web publicly on 6th August 1991 on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, archived by Google here: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.hypertext/msg/395f282a67a1916c?pli=1

Today, most devices that connect to the Internet are ARM Powered.

Here's Robert Scoble's video filmed about 3 years ago at CERN in Switzerland with Ben Segal, one of Tim Berners-Lee's mentors at CERN talking about the birth of the World Wide Web:

Bodhi Linux for ARM project now on Kickstarter

Posted by Charbax – July 28, 2011

Jeff Hoogland posted this project on kickstarter.com for developing an alternative embedded Linux OS for ARM Powered tablets:

We want to provide an elegant, fully open Linux based operating system that is a viable alternative to Android and Meego for mobile touch screen devices. Competition stimulates market growth and produces better products over all for consumers. An open development model means no surprises or lock downs that will hurt end users. It also means developers can more easily get involved and contribute to what we are creating.

We are starting with Debian as our base and building our interface on top of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFLs). It will be optimized for touch screen devices, but the interface will still be practical for devices controlled by a keyboard and mouse. We have an ever growing team that is dedicated to producing a quality product.

Here's a video demo of Bodhi Linux current version running on the Archos 70 Internet Tablet that can be legally-rooted for installing alternative multi-boot software.

Find out more about this Bodhi Linux project at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/560221218/bodhi-linux-for-arm

Linaro update at Computex 2011

Posted by Charbax – May 30, 2011

Linaro provides an update on the latest Linaro news at Computex 2011 in Taipei.

TAL Electronics Corp shows NEC/Renesas Cortex-A9 533Mhz Dual-Core tablet

Posted by Charbax – April 21, 2011

Here's another new ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core capacitive 7" tablet. TAL also provides some educational software for tablets, with interesting online features, assignment collaboration for school classes, overlay highlights, drawings, note taking and more.

Cwlinux.com embedded software and hardware solutions

Posted by Charbax – April 16, 2011

They provide ARM Powered hardware and software solutions, based on Freescale, Texas Instruments, VIA and other.

Linaro to establish leadership in embedded software accross all ARM chips

Posted by Charbax – March 27, 2011

Linaro was established last year, and they are making rapid progress in bringing up Linux on ARM, the goal being to solve fragmentation, to catch up with Intel's x86 through consolidation and development of common ARM Linux code. Linaro's ultimate goal is to establish leadership in core technology open source innovation on ARM member SoCs. Linaro wants to accelerate time to market. Not just catch up with Intel, Linaro's goal is absolute leadership.

Here's a 27 minute video update from Linaro CEO George Grey about the plans that they have got for this year, as they expect 2011 to be a huge year for Linaro, their software is rapidly making it possible to have fully optimized ARM powered Linux laptops and desktops released to the market this year. Basically, Linaro is a company build out of the ARM industry collaborating to bring to market ARM Powered Chrome OS laptops, ARM Powered Ubuntu Laptops, even for all of the Android and Meego stuff.

This video was posted last month on the LinaroOrg YouTube channel.

Linaro has grown to over 80 engineers in the first 6 months. They are still adding engineering talent every month. At launch it was stated that the company would grow to a little under 100 engineers. You can find more information at http://linaro.org. What do you think Linaro should do to make it easier for companies to build ARM based Linux products? You can post your info and ideas in the comments.

QNX talks about the Blackberry Tablet OS on Playbook

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2011

QNX has been working with RIM for quite some time now to enable full multi-process hardware acceleration. QNX Neutrino OS enables deep hardware and software integration, there has been a collaboration between Texas Instruments, QNX and RIM to make this work. QNX has had SMP utilization since 1997, they were enabling dual discreet parts back then. QNX is used to scaling. The ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core, Quad-core and further processors will enable QNX to deploy their value on the market.