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Groundhog Day

Oct 23, 2010, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Back in the "old days," just getting to a boot prompt on a new piece of hardware was a difficult and a necessary step in developing an embedded device. Now, thanks to the advent of Linux, many reference boards come with some sort of basic functioning operating system. However, the work is hardly done for those who are trying to develop and deploy an embedded device. Creating a complete, robust, reliable and maintainable Linux operating system that is suitable for deployment in embedded operating systems is no small task. Most end users of embedded devices don't particularly care if a group of individuals spent considerable effort to create an operating system. The end users simply expect the devices to work, and expect there to be value far beyond a basic operating system running on hardware.

"Yet, at this very moment, there are thousands of engineers repeating the same non-differentiating work. They are downloading software, creating build systems, gathering up user packages, and creating a custom distribution that they will hand off to an application development team who will add the applications to the system and integrate it all together."

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