"Linux 2.6 introduces many new features that make it an
excellent operating system for embedded computing. Among these new
features are enhanced real-time performance, easier porting to new
computers, support for large memory models, support for
microcontrollers, and an improved I/O system.
"The embedded computing universe includes computers of all
sizes, from tiny portable devices, like wristwatch cameras, to
systems having thousands of nodes distributed worldwide, as is the
case with telecommunications switches. Embedded systems can be
simple enough to require only small microcontrollers, or they may
use massive parallel processors with prodigious amounts of memory
and computing power. Linux 2.6 has been enhanced to provide support
across the spectrum of these needs..."