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

May 01, 2000, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"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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