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"AMIRIX Systems (Halifax, Nova Scotia) has launched "the Embedded Debian Project" -- an effort to create a completely open, multi-vendor embedded Linux software resource based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. The project has its own website at"

"Why Debian? Frank Smith, AMIRIX technical lead, says "We looked around at what was there -- including Red Hat and other popular distributions -- and determined that Debian's GNU/Linux distribution is structurally the most suitable to serve as the basis for an open embedded Linux initiative." "For example, unlike Red Hat, which has a huge GLIBC, Debian provides far more modularly," continues Smith. "Debian is a developer's distribution," adds Smith, "whereas Red Hat and the other mainstream Linux distributions are more oriented toward end users."

"In trying to establish The Embedded Debian Project as a truly open, vendor-neutral effort, AMIRIX will face the usual "chicken and egg" challenge of evolving the project from a single-company effort to a multi-vendor activity. Today, AMIRIX is the only company name that appears on the website's single page. Clearly, this needs to change quickly, to counter the tendency to perceive the ".org" as being a thinly veiled ".com" activity. To accomplish this, AMIRIX needs to recruit partners and support from others in the embedded market, including companies with whom it competes."

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