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Linux Journal: VxWorks to Embedded Linux: A Success Story

Sep 27, 2002, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andreu Moreno, Agusté Fontquerni)

"The recent introduction of Linux into the embedded sector has been one of the most exciting changes in the last few years. Based on the open-source model, it offers new possibilities to embedded engineers traditionally used to commercial operating systems. At our university, EUSS, we train students to develop embedded products. Until last year, our lectures and lab sessions were based on a commercial real-time operating system. Now we use Linux, and this fact has opened our minds and given us possibilities for a future evolution.

"In this article we start with a description of our teaching and the objectives that triggered this change. We continue with the subject curricula and the embedded distribution created for the lab sessions. Finally, conclusions from the first year are presented...

"In 1995 we were assigned to teach a course titled 'Industrial Computing'. The course is taught every year and is divided in two halves. In the first part, we work with 8-bit systems, and we study 32-bit systems in the second half. For the 32-bit section, a proprietary operating system VxWorks was initially selected. The reason for that decision was that Wind River Systems admitted our school into its university program. This basically implies zero software cost, and they offered us a complete solution for our hardware: the evaluation board that Intel had delivered for the i386EX (EV386EX)..."

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