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Chipmaker picks Red Hat to bring Linux to Net devices

NetSilicon has hired the Linux company to provide services and support for businesses making Internet-connected gadgets.

NetSilicon has hired Red Hat to provide services and support for companies making Internet-connected gadgets, the companies said today.

The first product from the partnership will be a development version of an Internet appliance using a version of Linux called uCLinux and NetSilicon's Net+ARM chip. The companies will display the product next week at the Embedded Systems conference.

Red Hat helped to translate Linux to the device, the companies said. The company will provide programming services for NetSilicon and support for NetSilicon customers.

Red Hat has signed up big-name partners paying it to help push Linux into "embedded" non-PC computing devices. The company plans to unveil its own version of embedded Linux amid a crowded field next week.