Transmeta Poised to Release Mobile Linux OS
Although no definitive launch date has been set, company officials say
they will make the operating system's code available to the open-source
community for review and modification via the
Transmeta has been tooling its flavor of Mobile Linux since the
introduction of its Crusoe processor, a low-power chip that has yet to realize
its full potential in
Enhancements to Transmeta's Mobile Linux were discussed at the recent
Linux World Expo in New York. Most enhancements address the Crusoe chip and its
ability to use
Improvements in power management have been added that will allow Crusoe to power down to lower processing modes while running light workloads.
Mobile Linux will also further assist Crusoe in running without a hard drive, a significant advantage for ultra-mobile, lightweight devices.
"We made Linux so small the whole kernel fits in 8MB and can be stored in flash memory," says Transmeta CEO Dave Ditzel.
Crusoe already can operate without a hard drive and has been shipping in