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LinuxDevices.com: Whitepaper: Linux's Future in the Embedded Market

Jun 16, 2001, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Balacco)
"The overall embedded market is undergoing a major transformation both in design and functionality. Networking technologies are becoming increasingly more important for embedded developers. Driven by the proliferation of the Internet and the increasing ubiquity of embedded computer systems, devices that can communicate with other devices are becoming dominant in the embedded market.

The Linux operating system has been available for years for servers and desktops, and has continued to gain market share in both of these computing segments. Helping to drive this growth and lend creditability to Linux are well established companies such as IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Oracle, and others. Linux, originally developed for the desktop and adapted for servers, is now making in-roads into the highly fragmented embedded market.

In 2000, worldwide shipments of embedded Linux OSs, software development tools, and related services reached an estimated $28.2 million (see figure, below). By 2005, VDC estimates that shipments will reach $306.6 million, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 61.2%."

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