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LinuxDevices.com: An interview with Red Hat CTO, Michael Tiemann

May 30, 2000, 00:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"LinuxDevices.com founder Rick Lehrbaum recently interviewed Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann, with a focus on three embedded Linux topics: (1) Red Hat's current intentions for eCos, an open source embedded OS that Red Hat inherited through its acquisition of Cygnus (Tiemann's former company); (2) the status of EL/IX, a Red Hat proposal for an embedded Linux version of the POSIX API (also produced by Cygnus); and (3) the progress of the Linux Standards Base."

"RL: Given that Red Hat is clearly the world's preeminent commercial provider of Linux, why doesn't Red Hat apply its resources to creating a highly embeddable "micro-linux" derived from the Linux kernel, instead of continuing to promote eCos?"

"Tiemann: Don't think of Red Hat as a "Linux company". Really, we're an "open source company". For example, the GNU compilers are incredibly important to our business. Open source is the common denominator."

"RL: In that case, how should embedded system developers think about eCos, relative to Linux?"

"Tiemann: They're like a motorcycle and a house trailer (or SUV). Let's say you take your trailer, towing your motorcycle, on a vacation. You drive to a mountain in the trailer. But when you want to drive up onto the mountain, you don't use the trailer, you switch to the motorcycle. eCos offers developers an opportunity to stay within the open source realm when the application isn't appropriate for Linux."

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