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More on LinuxToday An interview with MontaVista founder Jim Ready

Feb 09, 2000, 06:21 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Jim Ready, founder and CEO of MontaVista Software, is renowned as a pioneer in the real-time and embedded operating systems market. He co-founded Ready Systems in 1980, the company that developed VRTX, the embedded computer industry's first popular commercial real-time kernel. In this interview, founder Rick Lehrbaum asks Jim about his views on the embedded Linux market in general and about MontaVista Software's plans and strategies...."

"RL: How do you plan to be successful in a market based on royalty free, open-source software?"

"Jim: Our strategy is simple: we will provide 100% pure Linux, and without runtime royalties. You might say, our motto is to 'learn to live in the Linux world _and_ prosper'. We think it's very possible to have a healthy business model based on Linux without resorting to a licensing approach, contrary to what some companies are doing. Basically, we don't want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg."

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