Corel launches NetWinder Linux machine

Corel has announced the release of its NetWinder Development Machine (DM) system, which runs the Linux operating system and the StrongARM chip and is designed for commercial and institutional application development. One beta tester says NetWinder DM's small size and low cost make it ideal for digital signal processing, manufacturing control or embedded systems applications, and another says it may be an ideal low-cost network appliance.

Corel has announced the release of its NetWinder Development Machine (DM) system, which runs the Linux operating system and the StrongARM chip and is designed for commercial and institutional application development.

"The NetWinder DM offers developers and OEM partners a chance to explore new markets and opportunities," Ron McNab, vice president and general manager of Corel Computer, said in a statement.

Cojungi Corp. used NetWinder in beta testing for internal network monitoring, but found the system's small footprint and low energy consumption to be appealing as a low-cost network appliance, according to Mike Simon, Conjungi CEO.

NetWinder DM's small size and low cost make it ideal for digital signal processing, manufacturing control or embedded systems applications, says Eric LaForest, beta tester and computer engineering technology student. "Because the operating system is Linux, I have been able to port a number of Open Source

programs to the NetWinder without a hitch," he said.

NetWinder DM features the Red Hat 4.2 version of Linux 2.0 with Corel enhancements; a StrongARM (SA-110) 275MHz processor; 32Mb or 64Mb of SDRAM standard options; 810Mb, 2.1Gbs or 3.2Gb hard disk options; 2 Ethernet connections; parallel port (EPP/ECP), serial port and IrDA; 2M bytes of accelerated video; 16 bit sound 44.1KHz sampling; full-duplex stereo in/out; built-in microphone/speaker; onboard video capture and playback; and keyboard and mouse.

NetWinder with 810Mb drive is available for US$699 or $779 for a 2.1Gb drive. A 3.2Gb drive version is available for $869 while a diskless version, to be available within a few months, will be priced at $569.

Corel Computer, in Ottawa, Canada, can be reached on the Web at http://www.corel.com/.

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