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IT-Director: Embed with Linux

Jan 21, 2000, 16:36 (0 Talkback[s])

"How Linux first found its way onto the microprocessor platform is subject to speculation. The fact is that there has been a scramble in the developer community to demonstrate the capabilities of Linux on all conceivable platforms, and Microcontroller-based devices are no exception. Over the past couple of years, however, Linux has gained both ground and popularity with companies whose products make use of embedded hardware and software.

The reasons are fourfold. ...it works. ...Linux is available off the shelf and is freely configurable without the need for special dispensations, licenses or vendor partnerships. ...it is free. ...TCP/IP networking support is seen as a huge plus..."

"In the special-purpose appliance market, however, there would appear to be every reason for embedded Linux to be successful. Appliances specific to storage, Web access and email forwarding, look set to take a considerable bite of the server market overall. Embedded Linux devices look set to take a sizeable share of this market, particularly given the major players such as Motorola and Intel backing its use."

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