Ampro Reveals Industry's First Ubuntu-Based Embedded Linux

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Ampro Reveals Industry's First Ubuntu-Based Embedded Linux

SAN JOSE, CA, April 8, 2008. -- Ampro Computers Inc., today debuts new Linux® 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, computer-on-modules, 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 single board computer 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 Rick Lehrbaum.

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 Ubuntu."

"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.

Availability
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, co-created the popular EPIC single board computer standard, and offers the industry's first line "extreme rugged" computer-on-module products in ETX® and COM Express formats. In addition to single board computers and computer-on-modules, Ampro offers a wide range of industrial computer systems and Panel PCs and supports its board- and system-level products under Linux®, Windows® CE, Windows XP Embedded, VxWorks®, and QNX®, 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 visit www.ampro.com.

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Ampro Computers, Inc.
Victoria Kostka
Tel: 1-408-360-4324
Email: vkostka@ampro.com

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