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LinuxLink Alert – June 29, 2010

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squares  Lauterbach best-in-class debugging tools and support now integrated with Timesys Linux

Timesys customers now benefit from LinuxLink’s integration with Lauterbach JTAG for quick and easy debugging of all aspects of a Linux based product. The Timesys-Lauterback partnership provides Lauterbach JTAG assisted debugging for all Timesys LinuxLink supported ARM, MIPS, Power, SH and IA32 processor architectures, including support for multi-core systems. LinuxLink customers can find appropriate, processor-specific configuration files for the Lauterbach tools directly in LinuxLink — along with additional information and whitepapers that guide in the setup and operation of the TRACE32 JTAG and Timesys-provided development environment.

 Learn more about the Timesys-Lauterbach alliance.

squares  LinuxLink support for Texas Instruments DaVinci™ DM365 now available

With the popularity of the DaVinci video processor platform among LinuxLink customers growing, Timesys has added support for TI DaVinci DM365. LinuxLink DM365 customers benefit from this offering which provides developers with a pre-integrated build environment that integrates TI’s PSP and codecs with Timesys tools to create a smooth development experience. The digital video software development kit (DVSDK) integration enables developers to design products that take advantage of TI’s value-add video acceleration and codecs, including H.264 and MPEG-4, while the Linux GStreamer framework allows developers’ Linux applications to take full advantage of hardware video acceleration in their value-add code.

TI DaVinci DM365

LinuxLink for DM365 provides a complete and affordable open-source Linux solution for developers creating products requiring digital video applications. Developers using LinuxLink for DM365 can take advantage of Timesys’ integration of Rich Multimeda User Interface Graphic (MUI) frameworks — such as Qt Embedded, GStreamer — and many other different media playback frameworks and applications. (More Timesys Rich MUI info coming soon!) LinuxLink DM365 customers can start with the recent 2.6.32 Linux kernel which comes with support for many of the device drivers present on the DM365 evaluation module (EVM), including Ethernet, Flash, LCD, McBSP, TV in/out, USB and more. They can design a variety of applications by selecting from the hundreds of packages/middleware offered through LinuxLink’s award-winning Factory online and desktop-hosted build tools which facilitate the process of building and integrating the custom Linux platform. And, as with every LinuxLink subscription, customers receive unmetered, enterprise-grade support when they need it.

When customers need additional assistance with specific development programs, they can engage with the Timesys Professional Services team to develop the software for all or part of a Linux-based product. Along with a LinuxLink subscription, this provides an attractive option for customers who want commercial support to complement their in-house capabilities. Timesys Professional services enables customers to get their product to market quickly by allowing them to focus their engineering resources on developing value-add applications.

 Learn more about the TI DaVinci DM365 LinuxLink by visiting the Timesys DM365 Development Center.
 Get Your Free LinuxLink, and Build Your Custom BSP in Minutes! Experience how quick and easy it is to configure and build your custom Linux platform with the Factory intelligent embedded Linux build system.

squares  Middleware/package Updates in the Factory

The following have been recently added to the Timesys Factory:

  • Graphics – gtkspell
  • Graphics – OpenCV
  • Multimedia – qt-medical-demo
  • Multimedia – schroedinger
  • Utilities – desktop-file-utils
  • and more

The following middleware/packages have been updated in the Timesys Factory:

  • Development – gcc 4.4.4
  • Graphics – cairo 1.8.10
  • Graphics – libtiff 3.9.4
  • Multimedia – gst-plugins-good 0.10.23
  • Multimedia – oggvideotools 0.8a
  • Networking – samba 3.5.4
  • and more

The complete list of package updates can be accessed at

 Learn more about Factory — Timesys’ automated embedded Linux build system.
 Access Timesys Factory (subscription required).



squares  Adding your value-add software to the root filesystem

This demo shows the basic process of adding your value-add software to the root filesystem using Factory.

 View the Adding your value-add software to the root filesystem demo.

 View the list of demos available through the Timesys Demo Center.

squares  How to Use Wireless Networking on an embedded Linux system

Wireless networking on an Embedded Linux system is slightly more complicated than wired. This additional complexity is caused by two factors: most wireless networks are encrypted, and many wireless drivers contain proprietary code. This document details the tools available from Timesys that allow you to work with wireless drivers on a number of platforms. The first section describes a number of userspace tools that deal with configuring wireless networks, while the second section focuses on specific drivers.

 View the entire How to Use Wireless Networking doc (subscription required).
 View a sampling of the documentation available to LinuxLink subscribers.

To learn more about LinuxLink subscriptions and how they can reduce the time to market for your next embedded Linux project, visit


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