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Apr 12, 2000, 00:23 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In a presentation at the Colorado Linux Info Quest on April 1, Jim Ready, president and CEO of MontaVista Software Inc., called Linux "the Rodney Dangerfield of operating systems (OS)." Ready was referring to Linux applications running in embedded systems; cell phones, palm computers and computerized handheld devices fall into this category."

"Linux is used in embedded devices as varied as medical equipment and airplane mechanisms. "Linux does the hardest things--like getting certified with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)," Ready explained. "But no one knows that.""

"In addition to being scalable and cheap, Ready said Linux is ideal for embedded devices in other ways. In such an application, "the software must be robust," he said. "You can't reboot it or mess around with it if it crashes." Such applications, since they are stand-alone, are mission-critical once embedded, Ready said."

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