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LinuxDevices.com: QNX goes"Linux-like"

Apr 18, 2000, 07:44 (2 Talkback[s])

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"QNX Software Systems (Ottawa, ONTARIO) has unveiled an aggressive strategy to counter the growing presence of Linux in the embedded market. The QNX strategy lies not in working against Linux, but rather in hitching the company's fortunes to the Linux train -- in a manner of speaking."

"It's interesting to note that QNX Software Systems was, after all, one of the first and most successful companies to have come up with a 'UNIX-like' RTOS capable of use in mission critical embedded applications. Now, with Linux (not UNIX) rapidly emerging as a highly popular embedded system operating system, the company is scrambling to recast its popular QNX RTOS as 'Linux-like.' The new QNX initiative consists of several key elements...."

"In defense of Linux, there's a flaw in Bell's logic centered around the assertion that having source to the Linux kernel automatically necessitates modifying it. Discarding that unreasonable assumption, the 'time-consuming-and-expensive-task of modifying and maintaining kernel code' cannot be considered a legitimate disadvantage of using Linux."

"Flawed, too, is the argument that companies who embed Linux and other GPL components in their products will lose the ability to protect their own proprietary intellectual property (IP). This obviously specious argument is commonly used by proprietary OS vendors as a 'FUD' (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) tactic in attacking Linux. Though there are indeed restrictions that apply to modified GPL software, a careful reading of the actual terms of the GPL license (see article) should assuage fears relative to protecting IP."

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