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LinuxDevices.com: An interview with Lineo CEO, Bryan Sparks

May 23, 2000, 06:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

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"RL: We are certainly seeing a wide assortment of strategies for supporting the emerging embedded Linux market, including Linux variations, "Linux-like" RTOSes, tools, development services, and support. What's Lineo's perspective on this?"

"Sparks: It's especially fascinating that the proprietary RTOS vendors are adding Linux to their strategies. We first noticed LynuxWorks, and now QNX, doing this. We think this increasingly common migration to Linux by the traditional RTOS companies is in direct reaction to Lineo's embedded Linux offering, which we put in motion last July. But, we think OEMs will prefer our Linux-based embedded system software products and business model over the "hybrid OS" solutions offered by companies like LynuxWorks, QNX, Wind River Systems, and Red Hat."

"RL: I notice you included Red Hat in the category of companies offering "hybrid OS" solutions. Could you elaborate on that?"

"Sparks: We include Red Hat in this category even though eCos, their low-end embedded product, isn't "proprietary." It's open source, but it's certainly home grown. But it's not Linux. What they're doing is adding a Linux api on top of eCos, which isn't Linux. That's a "hybrid" strategy. They support Linux for the high end, and eCos for the low end. Lineo believes Linux is the superior embedded OS and that Linux is going to be much more appealing to OEMs than a hybrid solution, where they have to deal with two different technologies instead of the simplicity of keeping everything on Linux."

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