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LinuxDevices.com: eCos vs. uClinux: Which is best for your embedded target?

Mar 12, 2002, 00:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Wehrli)
"...the development tools packaged with eCos are more finely "tuned" for the needs of system designers and developers than currently available uClinux tools that I've seen. While that doesn't prohibit development, in fact, it enables you to select any tool that does the job, it doesn't offer a composite package ready-to-ship that many companies seek when considering ramping up on a new project. Naturally, pre-packaged tools come at an additional project budget impact, however, such might be seen as a risk-mitigating factor in the eyes of many line and configuration managers. Lineo, probably the forerunner of uClinux support and services, is undoubtedly producing similar tools for uClinux. As a note, the wave of people rushing to embrace a platform seems to be heading in the direction of uClinux, which may be an important consideration as we all keep an eye on what the future offers.

If you're looking for something to familiarize yourself with the (seemingly) recently-blooming embedded systems world, you may be happy to consider uClinux as an excellent starting point. While you're welcomed by Red Hat to download eCos, you're not as likely to find as much free and active developer support as you would from the Linux/uClinux community. Most Linux mailing lists I've seen are relatively eager to help out newbies and many developers offer free help in jumpstarting projects once hardware is available for businesses considering exploring for an existing or new board. Either eCos or uClinux offer plenty of insight into the complete worlds of embedded systems in each board support package made freely available."

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