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LinuxDevices.com: EL/IX: Unifying APIs for Linux and Post-PC Computing

Nov 04, 1999, 01:55 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Tiemann)

"Why Embedded Linux?"

"As Linux continues to gain strength in the traditional PC arena, a number of people are evaluating Linux for use in the revolution beyond the PC desktop: the Post PC revolution. Whereas the PC era created a vast homogenous platform for application development and deployment, the Post PC revolution is creating numerous vertical application opportunities ranging from consumer electronics to digital imaging to office automation to internet appliances to automotive control and beyond. The Post PC era will mean more microprocessors being more pervasive and doing more things than would be possible in a PC-oriented world. This in turn means that new solutions are needed for application development and application deployment."

"Intelligent design, good engineering, a large development community, and the GNU software development tools have made it possible to port Linux from its roots as a PC operating system to many of the major processors that are prevalent today, including the Alpha, ARM, IA-64, MIPS, PA-RISC, PowerPC, and SPARC. This portability, a rich set of internet capabilities and the GNU tools (which are used by the majority of all embedded system developers) make Linux appear to be a natural for the embedded systems market, and indeed there are products reaching the market today with Linux inside. But as new companies come to market with their own versions of embedded Linux, the ever-present danger of fragmentation arises."

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