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LinuxDevices: Wind River's Fiddler on the Advantages--And Disadvantages--of Linux

Oct 30, 2002, 09:00 (18 Talkback[s])
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"Wind River's chairman and cofounder Jerry Fiddler has written a whitepaper about the strengths and weaknesses of Linux relative to use in embedded systems and devices. Not surprisingly, Fiddler concludes that although there are some attractive attributes associated with Linux, embedded system and device developers would be much better off using one of Wind River's products--either VxWorks or BSD/OS. Here are a few quotes from Fiddler's whitepaper, entitled Linux In Embedded Systems: Where Are The Benefits?

"'If GPL issues are somehow manageable, device makers might still figure they can reduce software costs with linux by relying on the linux community for support. Unfortunately,that appears unlikely at this point.This is not due to a lack of interest or passion on the part of the linux community, but because there is no common platform to rally around...'

"'Due to the structural differences in the two fields, linux is not likely to simply transfer its server success into the embedded device arena. Instead we have to assess linux on its own merits relative to the advantages that device makers are looking for...'"

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