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LinuxPlanet: Choices in Embedded Linux: Commercial or Roll Your Own

Feb 27, 2004, 23:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"Over the past week, Red Hat and Wind River's upcoming embedded Linux OS has generated considerable industry buzz. Yet there are many other commercial solutions already on the market in the embedded Linux space. There's also the 'roll your own' approach, relying on 'free' open source components. So what's the best route for a developer to take?

"The answer is highly individual, industry observers say. Factors coming into play can include the company's financial budget and inhouse technical resources, as well as desired time to market, and the reasons for creating the embedded device in the first place.

"In fact, this sort of flexibility is one of the key drivers behind embedded Linux, according to Tim Riker of Texas Instruments (TI). Device-makers can move between packaged solutions and open source componentry. while avoiding getting locked in to a single brand..."

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