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LinuxDevices.com: VDC: Embedded Linux Growing, But Long-Term Projections Down

Aug 27, 2003, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"While the commercial use of Linux in the embedded market continues to grow, VDC has reduced its forecast through 2007. Included among the key factors impacting the forecast are:

  • "Changing competitive landscape and strategic direction of commercial embedded Linux software solution providers--A number of companies have either failed, exited, or de-emphasized their embedded strategy over the last two years (i.e., BluePoint, Coventive, Neoware, Coollogic, Empower Technology, RidgeRun, Red Hat, etc.).
  • "An increasing number of hardware and platform solution providers offering a non-commercial open-source Linux distribution with drivers for their hardware (i.e., EMJ Embedded Systems, Octagon Systems, Micro/sys, Arcom, Accelent Systems, etc.)--In an effort to further reduce costs, developers could opt to use these solutions for their production shipments along with support from the open source community, forgoing the need to acquire and pay for a commercial solution..."

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