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Commentary: Linux vs. Not-Linux and the Need for Meaningful Dialog

May 21, 2008, 00:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernard Cole)

"The on-going and polarizing debate between true believers in open source Linux on the one hand and real-time OSes on the other seems to me to be pointless and unproductive. The assumptions behind the debate seem to be that Linux vs. RTOS is an either/or choice.

"In technical discussions, such polarized views have no place because in hardware and software engineering there are no absolutes. Everything is situational, conditional and relative to the current application and system environment, as well as contingent upon the details of the current design and the cost and performance tradeoffs involved..."

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