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SD Times: eCos 2.0 Breaks Out of Red Hat Red Tape

Apr 16, 2003, 04:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward J. Correia)

"Free of the shackles imposed by Red Hat Inc., maintainers of the open-source eCos real-time operating system said in mid-March that version 2.0, now in beta, could be generally available around April 15. The new version will add an all-new bootloader with remote debugging and full POSIX compliance, giving it the ability to run many Linux and Unix applications with just a recompile.

"'This was the best possible move for the future of eCos: to get out from under Red Hat and become truly open and not controlled by a commercial company with commercial interests,' said former Red Hat employee Alex Schuilenburg, now CEO of eCosCentric Ltd., the company he formed with three other of the six original eCos developers.

"Schuilenburg credited significant increases in target support of eCos 2.0 to that freedom. '[Under Red Hat,] any kind of public release had to be customer-driven. Now that we’re no longer part of Red Hat, we have a lot more freedom to do things.' One of those things, he said, is to port eCos to many new development platforms and boards. 'We plan to conquer the world by making eCos as pervasive as possible.' General release should come within the month, he said..."

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