Transmeta Opens Mobile Linux

Transmeta Corp. said Monday that it has “open sourced” its Midori Linux operating system aimed at Net devices.

The company said in a statement that it hoped the development community would further development of the OS. The source code for what the company is calling the “Midori Linux Project” is available under the GNU General Public License and is available from Transmeta’s Web site.

“Midori Linux will be attractive for any application that can benefit from full Linux compatibility, low power, low thermals and a small footprint,” said David R. Ditzel, Transmeta’s vice chairman and chief technology officer.

Midori is x86 compatible and already has been used in devices such as Gateway’s Connected TouchPad, which was developed in collaboration with America Online. Transmeta is targeting its chips at mobile devices ranging from Internet appliances to laptops.

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