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LWN: Linux Advocacy in Embedded Systems

Oct 01, 1999, 05:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liz Coolbaugh)

"As I mentioned yesterday, the Embedded Systems Conference has come at a very critical time for vendors using Linux, thinking about usng Linux or running companies based on Linux. It has provided a good opportunity for a lot of key players to come together, meet, exchange ideas and form partnerships for the future. One project coming into focus as a result of that is advocacy for Linux in embedded systems."

"Lineo held a client meeting this morning with many of their partners and potential partners to discuss ways to promote Linux in the embedded systems market. They asked for feedback on the idea of creating an entity to promote and advocate Linux on embedded systems. They got a very positive response overall. Discussion ranged around the idea of forming a non-profit, vendor-based group like Linux International, but focused on Linux on embedded systems."

"Why is a separate organization being considered for embedded systems? That's a good question. Taking a look at the existing computer market does provide some answers, though. Embedded systems is a highly technical area with its own jargon. Historically, the mainstream press has followed this area only very superficially, if at all. Note as a result the success of magazines like EETimes, which focus on it more narrowly. The concerns of the vendors currently involved in Linux International are not necessarily the same as the vendors in the embedded systems area."

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