Linked by Adam Dunkels on Tue 17th Jul 2012 23:20 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Version 2.6 of Contiki, the open source operating system for the Internet of Things, has just been released. With its IP stack that fits in a few kilobyte of memory, Contiki lets tiny battery-operated wireless devices communicate directly over the Internet. Contiki is used in a wide variety of systems such as city sound monitoring, street lights, networked electrical power meters, industrial monitoring, radiation monitoring, construction site monitoring, alarm systems, and remote house monitoring. The 2.6 release introduces Antelope, a new SQL-like database for tiny flash memories, as well as a new JSON/HTTP webservice back-end.
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CP/M wasn't much to speak about. And there were technically quite noteworthy OS back then (like OS-9), or in the meantime (GEOS), so Contiki is hardly the first since - and also not focusing exclusively on 8bit.

Overall, while Contiki managing to find its useful niche (among the likes of TinyOS) is a cause for celebration, it's a bit too bad that it happened at the cost of 8bit veterans on which Contiki started: they are basically neglected (at least older versions are still around... ) - and as far as what can be done on them goes, SymbOS kinda stole the spotlight ( don't get too excited, the mp3 is handled by decoder chip ...but, still)

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