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LinuxDevices.com: Linux + Microwindows: challenger to WinCE

Feb 17, 2000, 02:36 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"Linux vs. Windows. It's a battle fought on many fronts. While a worldwide legion of Linux developers has successfully mounted a frontal attack on Microsoft's WinNT in the servers, routers, firewalls, and telecommunications markets, the open-source community has quietly set its sites on another of Microsoft's three OSes: WinCE -- the Windows operating system for handheld and embedded devices."

"Taking on WinCE posed two distinct challenges. First, it was necessary to strip Linux down to a size that fits the constrained resources of embedded systems. Fortunately, this was easy thanks to the inherent modularity, flexibility, and configurability of Linux. Add to that, the availability of Linux source code and thousands of programmers eager to apply it to the requirements of a myriad of embedded applications. The result is a wide range of "small footprint" embedded Linux implementations, which include: Embedix, ETLinux, LEM, Linux Router Project, LOAF, uCLinux, muLinux, ThinLinux, FirePlug Linux, and PizzaBox Linux (see www.linuxdevices.com/links/)."

"The second challenge for Linux to overcome, to successfully grab the embedded market away from WinCE, was the need for an easy-to-use and easy-to-embed graphical user interface (GUI). Until now, a truly embeddable full-function open-source GUI for Linux just wasn't available. But all that is now changing, as a result of the growing functionality and availability of Microwindows -- an open-source project aimed at bringing the features of modern graphical windowing environments to Linux based embedded devices."

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