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Sometimes the best lessons come from our failures. Such was the case with Lineo.
NEW YORK--Sun Microsystems has hired Lineo to bring Linux and related programming tools to Sun's UltraSparc IIe processor for "embedded" computing devices such as network routers or digital TV sets, the companies announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Versions of Linux already exist for UltraSparc chips, but few companies provide support at present. Sun said it hopes the partnership will help Sun's chips gain more widespread use in embedded devices, which more frequently use chips from ARM Holdings, MIPS or Motorola. A royalty-free version of Embedix, Lineo's version of Linux, will be available in the first quarter of 2002. A software-development kit, for which Lineo charges, is expected by the third quarter.
The company, which hopes to sell Linux for computing gadgets such as set-top boxes, has promoted Chief Operating Officer Matt Harris to chief executive.
Lineo's Embedix product--which combines Linux with proprietary software--will be an option on Motorola's DCT5000 series of high-end set-top television boxes.
Embedded Linux systems company Lineo announced Monday the closing of a strategic investment round of $20 million, bringing the total investment in Lineo to $57 million. Investors in the newest round include Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, Canopy Group and Egan Managed Capital. Lineo software and hardware help companies with large supply chains use the Internet to bring down costs and decrease the time it takes to build products. Salt Lake City-based Lineo will use the newest round of funding to continue to develop embedded tools and support services.
The maker of the Linux-based embedded operating system Embedix licenses FSMLabs' RTLinux technology, which critics say should never have received a patent.
The company, which is working to get its version of Linux established in devices such as set-tops and handhelds, lays off about 40 employees, citing sluggish revenue growth.
Linux company Lineo has established a wholly owned subsidiary called Snapgear to sell special-purpose server appliances, the company said Tuesday. The products, on sale now for prices less than $300, will handle tasks such as setting up a protective firewall, adding storage space to the network or establishing encrypted connections called "virtual private networks" (VPNs). Snapgear servers, which use a version of Linux from Lineo, are designed for small-business customers, Lineo said.
The Japanese electronics maker will use Lineo's version of Linux in a handheld computer, a significant victory for the Utah company as it works to push Linux into non-PC devices.
The company bolsters efforts to push its version of Linux into set-top boxes and other nontraditional devices and announces plans to acquire Convergence Integrated Media.