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Re: FVH Meeting: Embedded Linux?

Couldn't resist commenting on this because I've used Ethernet switches 
that used embedded Linux as the OS.  What you can do with them is so cool 
that you're bound to start seeing a lot more products using embedded Linux 
in similar ways.   So having some familiarity with it would probably 
be have some value.  

In case you're wondering: The cool thing about those particular ethernet 
switches is Linux (bash shell, typical unix/Linux commands, file system, 
man pages, firewall, etc.) *is* the user interface.  The best part is you 
can write your own scripts and programs to manage the switch ( in addition 
to the  manufacturer supplied programs & scripts ).  You can also have 
it do dns & dhcp.  No Cisco I saw was as maleable ( but I've used only 
a couple of their ethernet & ATM switches ).


On Tue, 31 Dec 2002, William Underwood wrote:

> Well,
>   I'm not volunteering to make a presentation, as I couldn't present Linux to
> get out of a wet paper sack, BUT - Since we (Yes it was more than just my rat
> and I, thanks, Tighe) had mentioned embedded linux, I went and did some
> digging.  
> Lookee wot I foun':
> http://embedded.centurysoftware.com/pixil/pixilthin.php
>   That's an installable image for embedded linux, done as "thin client," with
> browser, organizer, email and terminal client.  It does require a GX1
> processor (which is x86 compatible, so it may run on other cpus...), but
> guess who has one?  That's right, me.  I've got an older internet appliance
> type system, with an embedded processor, a SODIMM and a DIMM, a DOC socket
> (for which I have a choice of 8MB and 24MB chips), an IDE port, and USB,
> along with built-in 10/100BT.  So, I'm gonna download it and give it a whirl.
>  If it goes well, I'm gonna buy a TV-out card to see if it'll work that way.
>  I'll let you all know...
>   Now, what are we going to talk about Thursday evening?
> William

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