Transmeta releases 'Midori' Linux

Low-power microprocessor maker Transmeta Corp. released its version of the Mobile Linux operating system, Midori Linux, as open-source code Tuesday, to allow industry-wide input for further development of the OS, the company announced.

The source code for Transmeta's Midori Linux Project has been released under the GNU General Public License, Transmeta said in a news release. The OS already is used in a variety of products, including Gateway Inc.'s Connected TouchPad.

Transmeta, which makes the low-power Crusoe processor, has modified the Linux platform to conserve power and enhance the footprint. The OS is useful in a range of products, including those that aren't for mobile use, the company said. Midori Linux includes a build system, a Linux kernel with memory- and storage-conserving features and system-level support for the Linux software using platforms that otherwise could need a custom embedded application, according to the Midori Web site.

Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux OS, is an engineer at Transmeta.

Midori Linux had been called Mobile Linux. Midori means "green" in Japanese and was picked as the new name to symbolize that the low-power OS is environmentally friendly, Transmeta said.

Additional information about Midori Linux and downloads are available at http://midori.transmeta.com/.

Transmeta, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-919-3000 or http://www.transmeta.com/.

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