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Wind River Linux and the Yocto Project…Sowing the seeds of change

By Davide Ricci The year was 1998, I was walking through the aisles of a book store on campus at the Politecnico of Milano and a box of software caught my eye. It looked unconventional, sort of "homemade" and on its cover was an image of a man with a red hat. It was Red Hat 5.2, and the box…

The Yocto Project: What It Is and What It Isn’t

By Davide Ricci As I work heavily with embedded Linux on a daily basis, I’m often asked about the Yocto Project.  While the Yocto Project is gaining traction and folks in the industry are generally aware of it, there still exists a bit of unfamiliarity of the details. What exactly is the Yocto Project? Is it a Linux distribution?  How…

Open source in Medical Devices: Part of the Cure or Part of the Disease?

By Ido Sarig The Economist recently published a very interesting article on the merits of open source in medical device development, which raises some questions and sparks an important discussion.  In general, it is more common to see open source adoption in non-regulated industries. However, we are seeing it more and more in regulated industries primarily because it encourages rapid…

Securing Android for the Battle Space

By Tim Skutt Armed conflict has radically changed.  Remotely operated unmanned vehicles and cyber warfare highlight this change.  Combatants can launch an attack anywhere from a few hundred meters away to half a world away with the same devastating results.  One of the fascinating – and scary – parts of this change is that the trigger firing the weapon has…

Linux Foundation’s License Compliance Standard, SPDX, Offers Real Value

By Mark Gisi There is only one criterion that determines whether a piece of software is open source software (OSS) - the license from which you receive the software under. If you are granted rights under an open source license such as the BSD, Apache or GPL, it is open source software. Although the open source movement has other core…

Wind River and Android – 5 great years, with many more to come

By Dan Noal It was 5 years ago this week that I got an email from our CEO who had just met with Andy Rubin and Rich Miner at the Googleplex. Google had invited us to talk privately and confidentially about what would become Android.  Other companies were already on board, and they asked us to join the small group of…

Wind River Linux: The Thrills Just Keep Coming

By Paul Anderson When I joined Wind River over ten years ago, there were many in the company and in the embedded industry that saw open source software with extreme skepticism: too big, too slow, too risky, too expensive to maintain, and so forth. Over the years, the industry at large has figured out that open source software, particularly Linux, has…

Secure Mobility Message Resonates at MILCOM 2011

By Chip Downing MILCOM 2011 last week in Baltimore, MD was not only educational, but it was a watershed event.   Last year, it was a “coming out” party for custom Android devices; this year however, was the year where many companies are now using COTS hardware and software to their fullest extent, along the entire supply chain, from core to…

Cloud to Service Endpoints – The Missing Link

By Paul Anderson I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat. And… at the time, a phone was an elegantly designed electro-mechanical work of art, and it was fun to take them apart to try and…

Feeling the need for speed and making it happen

By Mark Guinther “I feel the need…The need for speed!!”  Quoting old movies is where my similarities to Tom Cruise end, but it is a relevant line for today’s networking equipment.  Faster applications is one of the last steps in getting faster results to subscribers, resulting in happy subscribers which means happy service providers, happy service providers mean happy equipment…