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MobileLINUX.com Interview: Aaron Toney, CEO Circus Systems

Jul 26, 2000, 06:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Aaron, Circus Systems formed in 1999, at that time were you already considering Linux as part of your product roadmap or did that come later?"

"Aaron: Circus' primary focus is and has always been on open-source hardware and software. Although most of the folks in the company have been using Linux for years, we're not focusing solely on Linux. For example, our CTO is on the NetBSD kernel development team. As a result, we're planning on releasing both a Linux and a NetBSD distribution for our wearable. After that whoever develops the most software wins. :)"

"You mentioned to me before that you had "big plans for Linux", can you elaborate for us a little more on that?"

"Aaron: The *nix's have been mature enough to offer a viable alternative OS on the desktop for years. Now, however, they have a whole new vehicle for which they are not only viable, but are the logical best choice. That vehicle is wearables. Circus is looking to make the hardware upon which applications can be built which will bring wearables into common-day usage. For example, we're looking to focus on voice-based applications. GPS is also a big opportunity - provided you have the right kind of security in place. These are both good examples of applications for which a small, powerful, and open-source solution is the only good alternative. They're not the only application that falls into that category, by any means."

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