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LinuxDevices.com: Victor Yodaiken on the past, present, and future of RTLinux

Aug 12, 2000, 23:28 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"Victor Yodaiken, project leader for RTLinux, is considered by many to be the father of "real-time Linux." In this interview with LinuxDevices.com founder Rick Lehrbaum, Yodaiken shares his thoughts about the past, the present, and the future of RTLinux. Where did RTLinux come from? What's new in the upcoming version 3 release? What new and exciting RTLinux enhancements can we expect to see over the next 12 months? What about the recent efforts to standardize real-time Linux? Oh yes, and one more thing . . . What's with that RTLinux patent?"

"RL: You were doing this as an instructor or professor at New Mexico Institute of Technology (NMT)?

Yodaiken: I came up with RTLinux at NMT, but I had been working on realtime and related issues even back to my graduate student research. ...being interested in Linux, and being interested in real-time, and trying to figure out a way that you could make programs reliable by separating out the real-time and non-real-time parts ... they all came together, and I thought of this 'trick' for running Linux as a sub-thread of the real-time operating system and 'fooling' it about what was happening with the interrupt controller."

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