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BeOpen.com: Microsoft vs. Linux II -- This Time it's Embedded

May 21, 2000, 15:09 (6 Talkback[s])
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"A dismembered Microsoft would certainly have an effect on the future of Linux development in the desktop marketplace, but what about other markets, embedded systems to be precise?"

"To answer that question BeOpen.com consulted representatives from two companies: VentureCom, the Cambridge, Mass. company whose efforts to extend Windows NT into embedded systems applications have provided much of groundwork for the new Windows NT embedded operating system, and MontaVista Software, Inc., the Santa Clara-based company behind Hard Hat Linux', new embedded Linux distribution."

"Surprisingly, both sides agree that a Microsoft break-up would have beneficial effects on the embedded systems market. The reaction is mixed on what degree a leaner and meaner Microsoft derivative can capitalize on those effects."

"I think the train has left the station," says Brian Grega, vice president of sales for MontaVista. "Linux is the train and everybody else would have to catch up."

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