"CMP Media today announced that a debate focusing on the pros
and cons of "free," or open source, software and its role in the
embedded industry will be an opening day highlight of the Embedded
Systems Conference (ESC). Moderated by Michael Barr,
editor-in-chief of EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING magazine, the panel
will pit four embedded software experts against each other in a
"The panel, "The Open-Source Movement: Boon or Bane for Embedded
Systems Developers?" is scheduled for Monday, September 25 at 6:00
p.m. at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, San Jose, Calif.
Panelists will define and debate the risks and rewards of open
source, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this model
for the developer, the end-user and the support vendor."
"The proponents for open source, Michael Tiemann, chief
technical officer of Red Hat and Bill Gatliff, independent
consultant and regular contributor to EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING,
claim that open source promotes software flexibility, reliability
and quality, making it particularly useful for embedded systems.
John Fogelin, vice president and general manager of Wind River's
Platforms business unit and Steven Stolper, technical manager at
Silicon Spice will argue that commercially distributed software
tools can be integrated with open source code for even greater
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