SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Ampro Computers Inc.,
today debuts new Linux(R) support for its extensive line of board-level
embedded computers. Derived from Ubuntu packages, Ampro Embedded Linux is a
free, open-source, reduced-footprint operating system enhanced with
device-oriented features such as its default touch-enabled Hildon graphical
user interface, plus other selected technologies from the Ubuntu Mobile &
Embedded (UME) project.
Ampro Embedded Linux targets developers designing the company's
highly-reliable single-board computers (SBCs), computer-on-modules (COMs),
and system-level products into a wide range of applications in industries
such as medical, defense, industrial control, retail
point-of-sales/service, avionics, and wired/wireless communications.
"With this announcement, Ampro becomes the embedded industry's first
SBC manufacturer to support all of its products with an embedded Linux OS
derived from Ubuntu, today's most popular form of Linux," said Ampro CTO
Ubuntu's meteoric rise in popularity among embedded developers is
evidenced by a recent survey conducted by LinuxDevices.com. "Preliminary
results from LinuxDevices.com's 2008 Reader Survey suggest that Ubuntu
ranks fourth behind uClinux, Debian, and kernel.org in popularity, with 8.2
percent of respondents embedding Ubuntu over the last two years, and nearly
10 percent planning to do so over the next two," said Henry Kingman,
Executive Editor of LinuxDevices.com. "This rapid adoption curve is all the
more remarkable given that it's only the second year we've asked about
"Ampro selected Ubuntu Linux as the basis of our new embedded Linux
offering for three key reasons," Lehrbaum added. "First, Ubuntu has rapidly
emerged as one of the most popular Linux distributions in both desktop and
server applications, and the project recently has become a key partner in
Intel's Mobile and Internet Linux (Moblin) initiative. Second, Ubuntu is a
completely free and open-source OS, availing developers of easy access to
source code and minimizing device costs. Third, Ubuntu features a simple
yet powerful package management infrastructure, APT, that enables quick and
easy software installation, updates, and security patches."
Ampro's reduced-footprint embedded Linux distribution currently
includes some 700 packages and offers three kernel options: the latest
standard Ubuntu kernel, plus both standard and real-time kernels built from
kernel.org sources. On top of this, developers can use the provided APT
tools to install a choice among thousands of additional open-source
packages from Ubuntu and other repositories. For example, the Fluxbox
graphical user interface (GUI) comes preinstalled, but alternatives like
GNOME and KDE are easily substituted.
Ampro Embedded Linux will ship within 30-45 days in the QuickStart Kits
for most of Ampro's single-board computer, computer-on-module, and
system-level products. Stop by Ampro's ESC booth 1638 in San Jose, CA,
April 15 to 17 to view a demonstration Ampro Embedded Linux.
About Ampro Computers Inc.
Now celebrating its 25th year in business, Ampro is renowned as a
pioneer in the "embedded PC" industry. The company originated the PC/104,
PC/104-Plus, and EBX standards for stackable single-board computers (SBCs),
co-created the popular EPIC SBC standard, and offers the industry's first
line "extreme rugged" computer-on-module (COM) products in ETX(R) and COM
Express formats. In addition to SBCs and COMs, Ampro offers a wide range of
industrial computer systems and Panel PCs and supports its board- and
system-level products under Linux(R), Windows(R) CE, Windows XP Embedded,
VxWorks(R), and QNX(R), among other OSes.
Ampro markets its board- and system-level products to original
equipment manufacturers in a wide range of markets including medical
devices, defense electronics, industrial control systems, retail devices,
avionics, and wired/wireless communications equipment. For more information
SOURCE Ampro Computers Inc.