In addition, Lineo got a new member of its board of directors: John Egan, a board member and former executive vice president at storage firm EMC now with Egan-Managed Capital. Egan Managed Capital also invested in Caldera Systems, a Linux software seller that's Lineo's sister company. Lineo's Embedix version of Linux for non-PC devices is based on Caldera Systems' version of Linux for desktops and servers.
Lineo isn't the only company aiming to push Linux onto gadgets. Red Hat, for example, through its acquisition of Cygnus Solutions, has hopes for the market segment. Cygnus has its own operating system, eCos, for "embedded" devices. Brother will use eCos to power two laser printers, the recently announced HL-2400CeN and HL-3400CN models.