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LinuxDevices.com: A developer's review of REDSonic's Embedded Linux toolkit

Feb 25, 2002, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)
"Many may consider REDSonic to be a minor player in the Embedded Linux market, with significantly less prominence than the products offered by Lineo, MontaVista, Red Hat, and LynuxWorks . But as we will see, REDSonic's RED-Builder has some features and characteristics that are quite competitive with the other Embedded Linux toolsets.

...Sadly, however, getting to this realization requires getting past an extremely unfavorable initial reaction. Let me explain.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the RED-Builder box was a shrink-wrapped package containing a short cable that connects to, of all things, a software protection "dongle". Now, sophisticated Linux users are accustomed to the debate about whether software should be open-source or proprietary. We all come down somewhere on the ideological spectrum, with many of us accepting proprietary code as the reality it is while preferring open source alternatives when they exist. But it is hard to imagine more than a tiny minority of Linux developers who will not feel put off by software requiring a copy-protection dongle.

It is difficult to imagine what REDSonic hopes to accomplish with this move. As the only Embedded Linux toolkit vendor having such a requirement, it puts them at a definite disadvantage and makes the other proprietary toolkit vendors look progressive by comparison."

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