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Century Software, Inc.
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Century Software Embedded Technologies
Director of New Business Development
Century Software Introduces a Linux Alternative to Pocket PC
Century Software Embedded Technologies introduces a graphical development and runtime environment for the Compaq iPAQ at Linux Expo
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - August 10, 2000 - Century Software Embedded Technologies, a leader in open source applications technologies for embedded Linux, today announced the availability of a Linux-based windowing system and graphical development environment for the new Compaq iPAQ handheld computer. The open source and binary distribution includes a color windowing system, touch screen input, handwriting recognition, Internet browsing and a software development kit for new applications development. This environment, coupled with MontaVista Software Inc.'s Hard HatTM Linux¨ operating system and tools, allows the iPAQ's Microsoft Pocket PC operating system to be replaced with a graphical system running Linux instead.
"Introducing our Linux-based graphical environment so quickly after the iPAQ's introduction will allow Linux developers around the world to take advantage of the iPAQ hardware platform and enable Linux applications developers to keep pace with Microsoft," said Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Software. The iPAQ hardware allows the operating system and windowing environment to be reloaded into flash memory using a serial cable download. The full environment, including touch-screen operability and Internet browsing, will be shown during Linux Expo next week by MontaVista Software in booth #208, and in Applied Data Systems' booth #1214.
The environment includes the well-known Nano-X graphical windowing system for embedded Linux, along with the recently introduced ViewML Internet browser, and the Fast Light Tool Kit (FLTK) applications framework. A stroke-based character-recognition technology, based on Scribble, provides the basis for handwriting recognition. The Nano-X graphical windowing system was chosen because of it's extremely compact size, and it's support of the ViewML browser. "Our selection of Nano-X as the graphics system and ViewML for the browser allows our environment to run in 1/3 the RAM as non-embedded Linux solutions, leaving 8 Megabytes free space for use by other applications," said Jason Kingan, Director of R&D for Century Software, and Chief Architect for The ViewML Project.
The ViewML Internet Browser is a small memory footprint, high-quality web browser targeting the needs of the rapidly growing embedded Linux market. Requiring only 800k ROM and 2Mb RAM, ViewML was introduced in July by Century Software and MontaVista Software as the first open source, royalty free browser targeted for embedded Linux systems. The Nano-X Project, created in June 1999, is the leading open source graphical windowing environment designed for small embedded systems. Both projects were created by Century Software CEO Gregory Haerr.
The open source and binary distribution for the iPAQ will be available just after the Linux Expo show, on August 21, 2000, from embedded.centurysoftware.com. The ViewML Project's source code, as well as screen shots and frequently asked questions are available now from www.viewml.com. Nano-X is available from www.Nano-X.org. Hard Hat Linux is available from www.mvista.com. The ViewML and Nano-X projects plan on releasing regular enhancements as well as accepting contributions from the embedded systems community. MontaVista's embedded systems CDK (Cross Development Kit) is available from www.mvista.com and supplies the necessary toolchains necessary to compile the distribution.
About Century Software Embedded Technologies
Century Software Embedded Technologies, a newly created division of Century Software, Inc., is a leading developer of core technologies for the worldwide embedded Linux applications market. These technologies include: graphical windowing system development and runtime environments; customized Internet browsers and HTML viewers; embedded multimedia technologies, including MP3 audio and MPEG video players and recorders; and PDA runtime and development suites. These core technologies are designed specifically to allow chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors, and their customers to build embedded applications on x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS and other microprocessor architectures running on either the Nano-X or X Window System. Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Century Software's CEO, Gregory Haerr, is the founder and chief maintainer of the Nano-X Project, founder of the ViewML Project, and Chief Strategist for User Interface Technologies for MontaVista Software, Inc.
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