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LinuxLink Alert – April 4, 2014

Timesys Embedded Linux Updates

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LinuxLink Product Announcements

Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

Timesys Calendar of Industry Events

The following items were recently added to LinuxLink. Note that some content might require a paid subscription for access.

  LinuxLink Product Announcements

Timesys Collaborating to Bring Ease-of-Use to the Yocto Project  Timesys Collaborating to Bring Ease-of-Use to the Yocto Project

Timesys has recently reengaged with the Yocto Project — to both advance the company’s product offerings and to enhance the Yocto Project’s appeal. We are currently collaborating with the Yocto Project to bring to it a cloud-based workflow that will vastly improve the Project’s appeal to new embedded Linux developers, hobbyists, and companies that prefer to focus on building differentiated software. As a Participant of the Yocto Project, an early supporter and a founding member, we bring years of advancement in ease-of-use Linux development to the open source project, and our participation in this collaboration reinforces our commitment to the Yocto Project.

Timesys is a Participant of the Yocto Project

In the coming weeks, Timesys will be announcing new product offerings — and more — that will not only reinforce our commitment to the Yocto Project, but will also reinforce our commitment to the embedded Linux community.

In keeping with our mission to make the development of embedded Linux-based devices easy while lowering the longer term cost of maintenance, we’ll be expanding our range of product, support, professional services, and training options to meet the unique needs of Yocto Project BSP development. The expansion of Timesys embedded Linux offerings will enable developers building embedded Linux devices based on Yocto Project standards to: 1) leverage Timesys’ expertise in providing solutions that ease the complexity of embedded Linux development and 2) rely on us to provide an assortment of services and training options that will enable them to jumpstart their Yocto Project-based embedded Linux development.

learn more about Timesys To learn more about Timesys and keep up-to-date on our latest news, visit www.timesys.com/company/news-events.
learn more about the Yocto Project Learn more about the Yocto Project.


Timesys Support for Freescale Vybrid Controller Solutions Expanded to Include Device Solutions Quartz SoM  Timesys Support for Freescale Vybrid Controller Solutions Expanded to Include Device Solutions Quartz SoM

Timesys has expanded its LinuxLink PRO Edition support for Freescale Vybrid controller solutions to include the Device Solutions Quartz SoM. The addition of the Quartz SoM expands the list of Vybrid controller solutions-based platforms Timesys already supports, which includes the Freescale Vybrid TWR-VF65GS10 Board, PHYTEC phyCORE Vybrid Development Kit and the PHYTEC Cosmic Board.

The Device Solutions Quartz Vybrid Development Kit ships with access to a full-featured runtime software development platform. In keeping with other software releases for Freescale Vybrid controller solutions, this new LinuxLink PRO Edition release includes full support — at no charge — to developers building embedded devices around Vybrid controller solutions.

With LinuxLink PRO Edition for Device Solutions’ Quartz Development Kit, developers have access to the easiest-to-use software available for embedded Linux development. This fully supported subscription includes both the award — winning LinuxLink PRO Edition and Timesys’ TimeStorm IDE — providing a highly integrated development environment and toolset that makes it an ideal solution for developers wanting to leverage the multi-core, multi-processing architecture of Freescale Vybrid controller solutions and easily build applications requiring rich human machine interfaces and real-time connectivity.

 
Device Solutions Quartz Vybrid Development Kit

Device Solutions Quartz Vybrid Development Kit

Developers building embedded devices around Freescale Vybrid controller solutions can activate their LinuxLink PRO Edition subscription, which includes all of the above and access to additional resources to help with Vybrid-based development, by registering their board at one of the links below:

learn more about Timesys Watch a comparison video showcasing boot time reduction on a Freescale Vybrid based platform.

learn more about Timesys View Timesys’ support for other popular Freescale processors.


Timesys Launches Custom Fedora Remix Installer for Intel Atom Processor E38XX based Platform  Timesys Launches Custom Fedora® Remix Installer for Intel® Atom™ Processor E38XX based Platform

Timesys has launched a custom Fedora Remix Installer for Intel® Atom™ Processor E3800 (code name Bay Trail). Timesys is an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance and has been a long-time provider of Linux support for the Intel® Atom™ processor family. This latest offering expands Timesys’ support for Intel® Atom™processor-based embedded development which already includes the Intel® Atom™ E6XX series, N2000/D2000 series, Z530 series and Z510 series.

The Timesys 18 Fedora Remix utilizes standard Fedora packages in addition to other free, open-source and non-free, non-open source packages. Among the modifications of the Remix are an altered Fedora kernel with Intel®-developed device drivers as well as the kernel modules and graphics libraries to support accelerated video and graphics for Intel® Atom™ Processor E3800 platforms. The Timesys 18 Fedora Remix is 100% compatible with Fedora software, enabling customers to benefit from a solution that allows them to take full advantage of all the hardware features the Intel® Atom™ processor E3800 offers, including faster video conversions, high-resolution graphics and enhanced video HD technology.

In addition to providing support for the Installer, Timesys also offers professional support for companies using Fedora as the basis for their product.

learn more about Timesys Register for the Timesys Fedora Remix Installer download.

learn more about Timesys View other Intel® Atom™ platforms and supported Timesys Fedora Remix Installer versions.

Fedora is in no way affiliated with Timesys. For more information on Fedora, see
fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraProject:About. Inquiries regarding the Timesys Fedora Remix Installer should be directed to Timesys.


Timesys embedded Linux  Middleware / Package Additions and Updates in the Factory

The following is a sampling of middleware / packages that have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:

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dfu-util
0.7 (1)
Utilities
GPLv2
http://dfu-util.gnumonks.org/
DFU is intended to download and upload firmware to/from devices connected over USB.

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libxmltok
1.2 (1)
Utilities
MIT
http://www.jclark.com/xml/expat.html
Libraries for XML parsing in C. It aims to be fully conforming. It is currently not a validating XML processor. The library libxmltok contains a low-level library for tokenizing XML. The library libxmlparse contains an XML parser library which is built on top of the xmltok library.

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libzen
0.4.29 (1)
Multimedia
zlib
http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo
ZenLib is a C++ utility library. It includes classes for handling strings, configuration, bit streams, threading, translation, and cross-platform operating system functions.

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mediainfo
0.7.67 (1)
Multimedia
zlib
http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo
MediaInfo is a utility used for retrieving technical information and other metadata about audio or video files.

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passwdqc
1.3.0 (1)
System
Public domain, BSD
http://www.openwall.com/passwdqc
passwdqc is a password/passphrase strength checking and policy enforcement toolset.

The following is a sampling of middleware / packages that have been updated in the Timesys Factory:

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dpkg
1.16.12 (1)
Utilities

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Mesa
10.0.3-ts-reconf
Graphics

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node
0.10.26 (1)
Networking

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powertop
2.5 (1)1
Utilities

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proftpd
1.3.4d (1)
Networking

The complete list of available packages can be accessed at http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux/repository/packages/factory-package-list

learn more about Timesys embedded Linux Factory platform builder Learn more about Timesys Factory — the flexible embedded Linux platform builder.

Access LinuxLink FREE Edition Access LinuxLink FREE Edition (registration required).

 

  Embedded Linux Training and How To Tips

Timesys Webinar How to Remotely Debug a Multi-Threaded Application on a Freescale i.MX 6 Processor-Based Platform Using TimeStorm  How to Remotely Debug a Multi-Threaded Application on a Freescale i.MX 6 Processor-Based Platform Using TimeStorm

Recently, Bernard Cole from Embedded.com wrote an article entitled “The continuing importance of embedded development tools,” which highlighted how — for embedded developers at least — the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the article, Bernard mentioned how a recent survey by Jim Turley, former editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Design Magazine and now chief consultant at Silicon Insider, revealed that when asked what is the most important aspect of any embedded system design development tools trumped both processor and operating system. Just in case you thought this was a new trend, review this Embedded Market Study from 2009, which shows that the debugger is the second most important tool for any embedded developer — behind only the compiler/assembler.

Please join Timesys VP of Sales and Field Engineering, Al Feczko, on Tuesday, April 15 at 2PM EDT for this 30-minute webinar. He’ll walk you through a simple series of steps for setting up TimeStorm, Timesys’ Eclipse-based IDE, to remotely debug multi-threaded applications written in C that are running on a popular Freescale i.MX 6 processor-based platform.

register for How to Remotely Debug a Multi-Threaded Application on a Freescale i.MX 6 Processor-Based Platform Using TimeStorm Register for ‘How to Remotely Debug a Multi-Threaded Application on a Freescale i.MX 6 Processor-Based Platform Using TimeStorm.’

Learn more about Timesys’ TimeStorm IDE. Learn more about Timesys’ TimeStorm IDE.


HOWTO Rebuild and Customize Your Kernel in Desktop Factory  HOWTO Rebuild and Customize Your Kernel in Desktop Factory

Once the kernel has been built, it is often necessary to modify it to suit the needs for your particular custom hardware or project. There are a few different ways to modify your Linux kernel: kernel patches, the kernel configuration file, and directly modifying source files in the kernel source tree. Once modifications are made to your kernel, there are different approaches for rebuilding it within Timesys’ LinuxLink Factory build system, depending on what and how the modifications are made.

This document discusses the different facilities within Timesys’ LinuxLink PRO Edition desktop build environment that can be used to customize or otherwise modify your Linux kernel and the recommended methods of rebuilding your kernel thereafter.

View the entire HOWTO Rebuild and Customize Your Kernel in Desktop Factory doc View the entire ‘HOWTO Rebuild and Customize Your Kernel in Desktop Factory’ doc. (LinuxLink login required).

 

  Timesys Calendar of Industry Events

Timesys embedded Linux  April 8-11, 2014 —Freescale Technology Forum — Dallas, TX

If you’re planning to attend this event, be sure to visit us at Pedestal 1302 where we’ll be running several technology-featured demos on popular Freescale processor-based platforms. The demos we’ll have on-hand illustrate how developers can leverage the hardware acceleration of Freescale i.MX 6 Series based-processors and Vybrid Controller Solutions for use in products requiring rich HMI interface design. And, we’ll have demos that leverage boot time optimization solutions.

 

Timesys is a Silver Sponsor of Freescale Technology Forum

Timesys FTF 2014 demos will include:

  • GUI on Freescale Vybrid TWR-VG65GS10 — This demo was built with Timesys’ LinuxLink and showcases multimedia, WebGL Accelerometer and MCC as well as analog and digital buttons.
  • GUI on Freescale SABRE-SDP — This Timesys-built demo features a Qt 5.2.1 based multi-touch application that allows users to load images, move them around within the display, scale them and rotate them.
  • HW Acceleration on the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X — Cover Flow (an animated 3D GUI) is used to launch three Qt 4.8 based demos that include:
    1. Timesys Theater demo — This Timesys-built demo features HW accelerated VPU vs. non-accelerated 1080p video playback, dual framebuffer with alpha-blending between Qt-based GUI overlay and accelerated video, multiple external displays and a live camera connected to the kit.
    2. In-Vehicle Infotainment application — This market-specific demo showcases rich animation, a GUI with a modern look and feel, multi-touch functionality and gestures.
    3. In-car Dashboard — This market-specific demo showcases rich animation, a GUI with a modern look and feel, multi-touch functionality and gestures.
  • Boot Time Optimizations on the Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X — These demos feature boot-time optimizations using open source techniques to achieve a <5 sec. to <1 sec. boot time and a commercially supported, licensed solution that can enable an ‘instant’ boot.

view Timesys' embedded Linux YouTube Channel View Timesys demos on our YouTube Channel.

learn about Timesys' professional services offering for HMI design and development and boot time reduction Learn about Timesys’ Services offering for HMI Design & Development and Boot Time Reduction.


To learn more about LinuxLink subscriptions and how they can reduce the time to market for your next embedded Linux project, visit http://www.timesys.com/embedded-linux.

 

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