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NewsForge: Electronics Design Moves to Linux

Jul 13, 2004, 10:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary E. Tyler)

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"Something odd started to happen a couple years ago at Advanced Wave Research, Inc., a developer of RF, microwave, and wireless electronics design software. From its founding in 1994, through the release of its first product in 1998, AWD had been a Microsoft shop, and all its products were Windows-only. But in the course of trying to grow, the company found potential customers asking, 'What about Linux?'

"'They were saying, 'Come back when you're on Linux and we'll talk,'' reports Dane Collins, executive vice president of AWR. 'This was a gatekeeper issue. [Having a Linux version] doesn't get us in the door, but it can keep us out...'"

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