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LinuxDevices.com: How Linux will Revolutionize the Embedded Market

May 22, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Tiemann)


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"12 years ago, when I first began selling GNU tools to software developers, I was quite amazed at how much more nimble, in general, were the embedded developers in comparison to those doing enterprise development. Many UNIX developers were wasting incredible amounts of time dealing with gratuitous platform issues, RAD tools that didn't work, vaporware that promised much and delivered nothing but headaches, etc. In contrast, I met many embedded developers who were working at break-neck speed on truly ground-breaking systems that would themselves become the key infrastructure of enterprise computing: Cisco routers, Nortel switches, EMC storage systems, etc.

"Having spent the past 12 months reviewing the relative efficiencies and effectiveness of enterprise development tools and methodologies compared with those of embedded systems developers, it's becoming clear to me that the pendulum of relative advantage has swung far away from the embedded developers and toward those running Linux as an enterprise environment. And, like Christensen, I don't see that this has happened because the embedded developers or their management have suddenly lost their mettle. Instead, the effects of disruptive technologies have fundamentally changed the dynamics of software development, and have done so in a way that threatens virtually every company designing embedded systems today, with or without designs incorporating embedded Linux..."

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