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LinuxDevices: Developer Rebuts MS-Funded Embedded Windows vs. Linux Study

Aug 11, 2003, 07:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

"Most LinuxDevices.com readers are well aware of how difficult it is to judge the utility of competing software development methods in objective and quantifiable ways. The proliferation of languages, software engineering methodologies, and tools suggests that it is not easy to determine which way is best -- clearly, if one way were verifiably best, in a results-oriented field the inferior methods would quickly be culled out in favor of the one superior method. We spend considerable time experimenting to find our own best tools and methods; few of us would contend that these decisions can be determined by purely objective means.

"Consider, then, the difficulties faced by Jerry Krasner, who recently published a report on a study intended to determine whether Linux or Windows is the better operating system for developing embedded systems. This determination had to be conducted and reported in a way that would convince developers of the report's validity, yet with public knowledge of the fact that Microsoft had paid for both the study and the report.

"As we shall see, this task proved to be formidable..."

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