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LinuxDevices.com: Linux and Open Source: Is it the Right Embedded Solution?

Nov 08, 2002, 08:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Zorfass)

"There are pros and cons surrounding Linux and open source embedded software. The benefits address important areas for embedded software developers. Benefits are...

  • "Cost and availability issue based on no runtime royalties and available source code at no charge
  • A wide range of operating system services that include effective support for networking
  • The associated GNU development tools that are available for a wide variety of semiconductor cores

"There are also drawbacks in using Linux and open source. Risks are...

  • "With intellectual property (IP), it is sometimes difficult to verify that available Linux and open source IP code is free from patent infringement
  • The business terms and conditions for some open source lack clarity; in particular, the GNU Public License (GPL) usage sometimes leads to contradictory conclusions
  • There are new levels of integration and testing required for utilizing the IP..."

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