Red Hat unveils embedded Linux suite

Red Hat Inc. announced Wednesday that it will soon unveil its Embedded Linux Developer Suite, which will be marketed toward developers who need a standardized open-source platform for faster creation, deployment and testing of target software components for embedded devices.

The suite will combine new versions of Red Hat's embedded Linux platform, development tools, runtime technologies and support services into a single package, the company said. The software will provide developers with a wide range of capabilities for different device requirements, Red Hat said. The suite targets developers working with the chip architectures MIPS developed by MIPS Technologies Inc.; SuperH, jointly developed by Hitachi Ltd. and STMicroelectronics NV; X86 Intel Corp.-compatible processors; Motorola Inc.'s PowerPC; ARM/StrongARM developed by Arm Ltd., and XScale, developed by Intel.

Pricing for the product will be announced in October when the suite debuts. Internet appliances, digital television sets, point-of-sale devices, and residential gateways are some of the devices the suite will benefit, according to Michael Tiemann, Red Hat chief technology officer.

Features of the suite include:

-- A new version of Red Hat Embedded Linux based on the Linux 2.4 kernel;-- new GNUPro cross development tools for all architectures, based on GCC 3.0. GCC is the programming compiler for GNU; -- a new configuration tool for GUI (graphical user interface) in the environment the developer is working in;-- a new integrated system build environment for faster and more flexible image creation;-- RedBoot Embedded Bootloader/BIOS for standardized debugging and bootstrapping; -- glibc 2.2 libraries for all architectures; -- latest versions of Red Hat Linux RPM packages optimized for cross development;-- Red Hat Network managed services for host systems developing Red Hat Embedded Linux runtime and tools software;-- several support service packages based on what individual developers need.

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