"The Tokyo announcement echoes that of the international
Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC) in Chicago, earlier this year.
Having several members in common, and borrowing heavily from the
language of the ELC's launch, the EMBLIX launch press release
evidences a nearly identical mission."
"The Tokyo announcement adds substantial impact to the already
dramatic growth of the original Embedded Linux Consortium which, in
just 120 days, has garnered support from nearly a hundred key
embedded market players, including the likes of IBM, Motorola, and
Red Hat. The growth of embedded Linux consortium membership mirrors
the unheralded proliferation of Linux itself, which has rapidly
catapulted from "cool idea" to "disruptive technology" -- largely
without the benefit of massive corporate investments."
"Think of it as the third wave of Linux:
First, the grass roots developer movement. Through nearly a
decade of free and open sharing of Linux source code via the
Internet, it was suddenly "discovered" that a huge number of the
world's servers were now running Linux.
Next, of course, was the past year's stock market roller
coaster ride. Linux arrived in world consciousness -- as a
potential challenger to the seemingly impenetrable software market
dominance of Microsoft.
Now, the embedded market. Quietly and without much fanfare,
Linux has been chosen for use in thousands of the development
projects that are creating tomorrow's smart devices. This market,
incidentally, is the destination of more than 95% of the world's
annual output of some 2 billion microprocessor chips."