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AllLinuxDevices: Embedded Software Experts Debate The Merits Of Open Source Code

Sep 06, 2000, 17:42 (0 Talkback[s])

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"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 debate-style discussion."

"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 advantages."

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