"MontaVista Software has always been a leader in embedded-Linux
commercialization. The company has developed Linux-development
platforms since 1999, when founder Jim Ready pledged to bring "100%
pure Linux" to the world under the GNU (GNU's not Unix) GPL
(general public license). Since then, MontaVista has specialized in
embedded and real-time Linux.
"Its approach is not simply an RTOS (real-time operating system)
that runs Linux as one of its tasks. The company has changed the
Linux kernel to provide determinism and real-time performance in a
real Linux operating system. Cavium Networks recently acquired the
company, which just announced the release of Version 6 of its
"In addition to designing real-time Linux, MontaVista has been
working on the development of real-fast Linux, a Linux operating
system that boots in less than 1 second."
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