Keystone Electronic Solutions announces Internet-of-Things-ready processor module

Over 13,000 packaged applications and libraries PRETORIA – 7 June 2016 – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of Electronic Engineering Research and Development solutions in South Africa, today announced an upgrade to its flagship product Blue Penguin – a CPU module that allows users to create computers and open-source platforms to fit their own specifications. Blue Penguin gives users complete control over how they develop and create solutions in a cost-effective and customisable environment. Relying on Keystone’s version of Linux, dubbed Guinnux, its operating environment closely follows desktop and server Linux environments in order to create a familiar and predictable Linux development experience. Guinnux provides access to over 13,000 packaged applications and libraries, available for installation from the Guinnux web repository. By leveraging the power of open source protocol stacks and applications, Blue Penguin is perfectly positioned for the deployment of IoT solutions. Onboard support for scripting languages such as lua, PHP and Python allows for immediate onboard application development and deployment without the use of cross compilers, while the Guinnux cross compile tool chain and development libraries are available for customers from the Guinnux site. Further, Linux Device Tree support enables the quick and easy deployment of the Blue Penguin module on any custom hardware and allows Keystone to provide services such as the design and development of bespoke Blue Penguin mother board PCBs, customisation of the Linux kernel and drivers for specialised hardware as well as Linux application development and integration. Ivan Popov, Director and co-founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions commented, “The value of this technology is that it offers superb control, management and...

Keystone electronic Solutions industrialises guinnux distribution

Keystone Guinnux framework now Arch Linux ARM based with significant benefits and features 7 April 2016 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announced its version of Guinnux v5, a Linux-based operating system distribution. Keystone has significantly enhanced its Guinnux offering to assure clients of improved ease of use, enhanced features and robust performance. The latest Guinnux distribution is now based on Arch Linux ARM distribution merged with the Keystone resilience and capabilities as standard. “There is a noticeable difference between Guinnux V4, which we were working on prior to this, and Guinnux V5, the system we have in play now,” says John Eigelaar, Director and Co-Founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions. “It has a number of failsafes and support structures which will make a huge difference to our clients.” Keystone’s version of Guinnux is more industrialised than existing Guinnux ARM solutions. The Guinnux rescue file system which allows users to boot into flash should the embedded system fail, has been retained and upgraded to allow for a simpler system recovery. The system can now be recovered without having to re-flash an image – a useful addition which saves more than just time. Keystone has also adapted the boot loader so users are able to boot kernels from any external file system. This allows for Keystone to distribute and upgrade kernel packages from anywhere and at any time, without interrupting service. “We have customised the build tool which comes with the arch distro so it is a lot easier for our clients, and ourselves, to construct custom...