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LinuxPR: MontaVista Targets pSOS Installed Base

Jun 29, 2000, 06:07 (0 Talkback[s])

"Hard Hat Linux supports popular first generation RTOS with shortest open source path to embedded Linux."

"MontaVista, Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications, today announced immediate availability of a pSOS-to-Linux transition kit, easing support for and portation of legacy code from the widely-deployed pSOS real-time operating system with plans to include a similar kit for VxWorks. The open-source virtual machine software and porting tools streamline the transition to Linux for thousands of pSOS applications in telecommunications, networking, instrumentation, transportation, and control. To address these markets MontaVista is delivering support for legacy RTOS code along with a family of development tools, services, training and documentation."

"The announcement is significant in light of the acquisition of Integrated Systems Inc., provider of the pSOS embedded operating system, by Wind River Systems of Alameda, CA, in late 1998. Wind River subsequently announced the company's transition plan for ISI customers at the Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago, IL in March of this year. Per the announcement, pSOS developers would have to accompany a series of intermediate Wind River product versions before they could fully integrate into VxWorks APIs and tools. "While the Wind River acquisition of Integrated Systems does represent an important consolidation in a fragmented RTOS marketplace, it forces an unpleasant choice upon thousands of ISI customers Ð to follow a circuitous and nebulous path from pSOS to VxWorks, or to look elsewhere for an embedded software platform," comments Jim Ready, embedded industry pioneer and president/CEO of MontaVista."

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