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IT-Director: Linux consortium brings new weight to embedded debate

Mar 14, 2000, 07:41 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"Fears about the fragmentation of Linux may well prove unfounded, if the goals of the newly formed Embedded Linux Consortium are realised. The alliance, which includes such big names as IBM, Motorola and Red Hat, has set its sights on the rapidly growing market for embedded devices such as Internet appliances, set top boxes and PDAs. The advantage of Linux -- price -- may well prove to be the clinching factor to ensure the success of the platform."

"We are already seeing products which are running Linux under the bonnet (hood, to you transatlantic cousins). In our Linux technology spotlight we mentioned digital video recorders TiVo, which are to be licensed by some of the major players in the satellite TV space. More recently, at CeBit Samsung announced a Palm-a-like PDA which runs Linux."

"Gartner group recently announced that Windows CE would overtake PalmOS as the PDA operating system of choice, by 2002. In the light of this announcement, they may wish to change their minds."

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