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NetworkWorld: Getting embedded with a penguin

Apr 25, 2000, 05:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Developers have been putting Linux on small devices and cramming the operating system into a space the size of a SIMM for some time, but embedded versions of the operating system are on the verge of coming to mainstream devices, such as slimmed-down Internet clients, handheld devices and network appliances."

"One of the major markets for embedded Linux systems lies in e-business and enterprise networks. Last fall, Red Hat bought Cygnus Solutions, which develops embedded Linux tools and embedded operating systems, creating the biggest open-source company in the world. The merger brought together the Red Hat development team's expertise in the operating system (they are the leading Linux distribution company) and the unique gadget-related technology of Cygnus, such as its embedded configurable operating system (eCos), embedded Linux tools and application programming interfaces."

"Last month, Red Hat began offering eCos as its own product, coinciding with the release of Red Hat Linux 6.2. Red Hat is banking on Linux to emerge as the standard technology in enterprise handheld and server connectivity. The leaders in server and handheld operating system development are currently Microsoft and Palm Computing, but Red Hat proclaims that having the same core operating system running on the front and back ends of these post-PC, wireless handheld network environments will lead to better performance and scalability. With Linux running on the client and the server, business applications will come to market more quickly as software can be written once for server applications, then only slightly modified for compatibility for the wireless handheld client, Red Hat says."

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