LynuxWorks has announced that Avidyne has selected LynxOS-178 as the embedded
real-time operating system (RTOS) for Avidyne's next generation Entegra
Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck. LynxOS-178 is a commercially available
operating system and that enables manufacturers of DO-178B systems to get to
market faster and with lower overall costs and risks associated with
certifying FAA safety-critical flight systems. LynxOS-178 is a known
certifiable RTOS package that allows avionics customers to achieve the
highest degree of assurance and DO-178B certification to meet unique FAA
Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 flight deck systems include dual, triple, or quad
Integrated Flight Displays (IFD) for general aviation and light business
aircraft. The fully integrated design of Entegra Release 9 makes it ideal for
high-performance singles, piston twins, turboprops, ... (more)
LynuxWorks has announced the availability of its board support package (BSP)
for two additional motherboards from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC), a
global leader in embedded processing solutions.
The BSP is a part of LynxOS-178 2.2.2, the latest release of the RTOS
(real-time operating system) from LynuxWorks. The new BSP brings this
safety-critical, certifiable Level A RTOS to the AppliedMicro 440EP and 460EX
boards, increasing the number of AppliedMicro boards supported by LynuxWorks'
LynxOS-178. LynxOS-178 is the first and only COTS operating system to receive
Reusable Software Component (RSC) acceptance from the FAA for DO-178B
certification. RSC certification acknowledges a speedier, smoother, and more
reliable development path for system integrators.
"With this latest BSP, we're offering customers an OS migration path for
users of the 440EP while also giv... (more)
CEOs in Technology
Cisco CEO John Chambers, who has turned into something of an economic oracle
probably because he is more in command of his catbird seat than most big-time
CEOs, said Wednesday when Cisco reported its quarterly results that the
economy hit a “clear tipping point” before mid-summer and is now
accelerating worldwide, enough for Cisco itself to start cautiously spending
again. He’s planning targeted hiring.
For the three months ending October 24, Cisco came in with earnings down 19%
year-over-year at $1.79 billion, or 30 cents a share, on revenue from
everywhere down 13% to $9 billion. Product sales were off 17% at $7.2
billion. Service revenue was up 7.4% at $1.7 billion. Other companies have
exhibited a similar pattern.
Wall Street expected 31 cents on $8.75 billion so Cisco did better than even
The company is forecasting revenues this... (more)
SOA and WOA Magazine
Likewise, which authenticates Linux, Unix and Mac users with Microsoft Active
Directory, has started offering three starter packs that combine its
Enterprise software with support and training services. They are designed to
move customers from the company’s open source software to Likewise
Likewise Enterprise controls access to applications and data, centrally
manages settings with group policies and creates reports for regulatory
audits. It’s also the only solution to provide 100% native support for
Apple’s Workgroup Manager application.
The three packaged solution offerings are: Likewise Enterprise desktop
starter pack, 10 desktop licenses, one-year support, half-day of training
services for $1,608; Likewise Enterprise server starter pack, 10 server
licenses, one-year support, half-day of training services for $4,488; and
SOA & WOA Magazine
Corel, the Canadian company that acquired the once great WordPerfect and
Quattro Pro from Novell intending to take on Microsoft, is going private
Vector Capital, the private equity house that owns over 68% of the company is
offering $4 a share cash, nearly a 28% premium, for the rest of it, having
upped the offer from $3.50 to get management's backing.
The tender offer expires at midnight November 25.
Vector said last month that Corel "faces substantial operational challenges
and a near-term imperative to resolve covenant compliance issues under its
This will be the second time Vector has taken Corel private. It acquired the
basis of its position in Corel from Microsoft in 2003 after Microsoft
ironically saved Corel from one of its habitually precarious positions.
Corel also sells WinZip and CorelDraw. It sold off its desk... (more)
Back when the SCO litigation was under Utah district court judge Dale
Kimball, whose decision that Novell owns Unix was overturned by the 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals, Novell thought it was simply ducky that SCO's case
against Novell should go ahead of SCO's case against IBM, which is how we
wound up with the summary judgment that got trashed.
If memory serves, it was Novell's idea that it go first and block and tackle
And when the thought of combining the Novell and IBM cases came up in
bankruptcy court, Novell and IBM were utterly appalled at the thought.
Now Novell has done a 180 degree turn and is asking the Utah district court
to combine the SCO v Novell and SCO v IBM cases and if nothing else put them
under the same judge.
When the Novell case was sent back to Utah for jury trial, Judge Kimball, as
is his wont when overturned - and he ha... (more)
Microsoft Developer's Journal
Microsoft’s browser rivals aren’t satisfied with the tentative “ballot
screen” settlement that the company came to with the European Commission,
which would offer all its European users a chance to download a rival
Google, Mozilla and Opera want changes made.
According to the New York Times, Mozilla doesn’t like the idea of the top
five browsers by market share in Europe would appear in a row alphabetically
from left to right. That would put Apple’s Safari first. Mozilla doesn’t
think that’s fair on the theory it would give Safari – not your first
thought for an Internet Explorer substitute – an advantage; it wants them
to appear randomly.
Then Opera, whose complaints started the EC’s bundling investigation
despite the fact that IE has been losing share, doesn’t like the idea that
the page bears a Microsoft logo and that its... (more)
LynuxWorks has announced the immediate availability of LynxSecure 2.0, a
next-generation separation kernel and embedded hypervisor for high assurance
systems. LynxSecure provides a standards-based, secure, multi-domain
computational platform that serves as a trusted foundation for applications
with low, medium and high assurance requirements that are all running
concurrently on a single system. It allows legacy applications to run
unmodified, enabling systems to be modernized with increased information
sharing and security.
LynxSecure was designed from the ground up to minimize lifecycle costs
(initial and tech refresh) of high assurance evaluation, certification and
accreditation by using automated tools and the correct-by-construction
methodology for formal methods and artifacts. Automation provides schedule,
cost and risk advantages over traditional brute force ... (more)
The Utah district court, Judge Ted Stewart, a new face, presiding, has set
November 23 for a status conference in the matter of SCO v Novell, the case
over who owns Unix that the appeals court sent back to be heard by a jury.
Novell is expected to do what it can to delay the case from getting on the
docket. It could ask for a stay because it wants to appeal to the Supreme
Court, a motion it made to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and
got turned down so fast heads are still spinning. It could also try for a
stay pending arbitration in Switzerland over what, if anything, gave to
United Linux, the consortium that briefly tried to create a common Linux code
base. Since it’s right before Thanksgiving maybe one or the other will have
something to be grateful for.
LynuxWorks has announced that FFI (the Norwegian Defence Research
Establishment) has selected LynxSecure in support of a program in the field
of classified information handling and information flow between security
FFI selected LynxSecure due to its unique ability to run Windows as a fully
virtualized guest operating system in a secure partition on an Intel x86
family processor. According to Anders Eggen, Project Manager, FFI, "For some
military scenarios high assurance systems are required, and products
conforming to the MILS architecture are promising platforms on which to
implement critical security functions. FFI will use LynxSecure to explore the
MILS based technology and to perform research and prototyping activities to
examine its ability to solve some of the security challenges raised in the
implementation of a future Network Enabled Capability (NE... (more)
LynuxWorks announced that the company will present an educational workshop on
both software and hardware virtualization techniques at the 12th Software
Design for Medical Devices conference on April 27 at the Hub Cira Center
Diesel room in Philadelphia.
At the workshop, LynuxWorks will give attendees an 'under-the-hood' look at
their LynxSecure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor, explain how the
technology works, and demonstrate how it can help consolidate both hardware
and software for multiple modes on a single system. In addition, LynuxWorks
will discuss how an embedded hypervisor allows developers to easily migrate
software applications to next-generation hardware, at the same time adding
security functionality required for connected devices.
The workshop will also touch on hardware techniques for efficient software
virtualization and how implementing a v... (more)