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LinuxDevices.com: ESC debate: Open vs. Proprietary Software

Mar 12, 2000, 00:19 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this contribution. ]

In recognition of the burgeoning role of Linux and open-source software in embedded system development, the recent Embedded Systems Conference (Chicago, IL; March, 2000) opened with a panel discussion on: "The Open Source Phenomenon: Is the Embedded Systems Business Ready for it?"

The panelists were:

  • Michael Tiemann -- Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat Software
  • Jim Ready -- Founder and CEO, Montavista Software
  • Jean Labrosse -- Senior Technical Staff, Dynalco Controls, author
  • Bill Gatliff -- freelance embedded developer
  • John Fogelin -- VP Technology, Wind River Systems
  • Don Chouinard -- Windows CE Product Manager, Microsoft
Turley (session moderator) -- Maybe the the purpose of open source software is this: "What the hell. Why not write code, give it away (as open source), and let other people debug it for me?" What do you think . . . ?
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