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LWN: The Embedded Systems Conference 1999 [Report]

Sep 30, 1999, 06:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liz Coolbaugh)

"The Embedded Systems Conference is huge! It is much larger than I had envisioned. Over 60,000 people are gathered here, three times the number we saw for LinuxWorld in August. The ESC fills the entire Convention center, flowing into the hallways and with forty-five exhibits hosted in a tent outside the hall. The classes for the event are being held across the street, in the Civic Center Auditorium..."

"My focus, though, was on finding Linux, per se, at the show. Of course, we report on pretty much all free and open source software, but the goal of this particular trip was to take a look at the very beginning of what we have predicted to be an explosion of Linux in the embedded systems market. Listening to random conversations as I crossed the show floor, there are a lot of people in this field who are familiar with or who have worked with Linux already, for a specific project or in a niche market. However, right now we are starting to see the emergence of companies built around Linux and embedded systems..."

"I got the opportunity to talk to people from all three companies today, Michael Tiemann from Cygnus, Lyle Ball and Tim Bird from Linneo and Jim Ready, from Montavista. They are all extremely excited! If you take a look at each company in turn, it is clear that the embedded systems market is so large that they aren't really in direct competition with each other right now."

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