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Forbes: Companies Bet On Embedded Linux

Apr 08, 2000, 19:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Underscoring what looks like a new trend, on April 10 Motorola (nyse: MOT) and TurboLinux will announce the acquisition of stakes in Lynx Real-Time Systems, which is developing versions of the Linux open-source operating system for set-top boxes, Web tablets, printers, phone switches and other non-PC hardware."

"The market for embedded Linux is starting to look more alluring than the market for off-the-shelf Linux. For one thing, there will be more information appliances than PCs by 2001, according to International Data Corp. Another reason is that while Microsoft still dominates the packaged-OS world, next-generation communication and networking devices are very much unsettled territory."

"Because it is small, fast and stable, Linux appears to be ideal for handheld devices that can't accommodate even the most stripped-down version of Windows. Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT) has hinted that it might make its Windows CE operating system for handhelds available to developers for free, which could help it compete in the appliance market. But Linux has a huge head start."

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