" 'The future devices which are going to come into the
market are going to be based on [Linux],' [Lernout &
Hauspie director of product management Klaus] Schleicher predicts.
'Until now, the choices were Windows CE or build-your-own operating
system. Linux seems to have the potential to be the common user
platform for those people who need an operating system fast but
don't want Windows CE.'
Although it might take a few months to test Schleicher's
assertion, observers who took in the Nukulo unveiling at the Demo
2000 show share the sentiment.
'I think Linux has a good chance,' said Amy Wohl, president of
Wohl Associates and editor of Amy Wohl's Opinions, a technology
industry newslettter. Pointing to three factors -- scalability,
robustness and cost --Wohl says the opportunity exists for embedded
Linux to consolidate the non-Windows options in the mobile device
OSe market just as its mainstream counterpart has done in the
server OS market.
'When you're building products for the consumer market it's very
important that you not add any unnecessary pricing overhead.
Whenever you can minimize the price of your operating system -- and
I would call spending zero dollars on Linux a good example of doing
that -- it's a good thing.' "
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