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CNET News.com: New strategy challenges Linux firms for real-time computing

May 01, 2000, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"MontaVista Software has launched an initiative to make the Linux operating system work better in small devices that must respond to commands immediately, in "real time." Real-time operating systems are used to control devices such as a car engine's fuel mixture or assembly line robots."

"The software raises MontaVista's profile at a critical time, as both new and established companies are trying to grab as much real estate as possible in the new market for Linux in non-PC "embedded" devices."

"Leading competitors are Lineo, with a solid start and real-time Linux expertise, and Lynx, with its well-established but proprietary LynxOS. Red Hat, probably the best-established Linux company, also is expanding outside of its stronghold powering servers."

"Although it's a relative newcomer in real-time and embedded devices, Linux has a solid future, said Giga Information Group analyst Carl Zetie. The reason: Linux has the potential to spread across a wide range of devices instead of being employed only in specific product categories."

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