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Smart Partner: Embedded Linux: The Feeding Frenzy

Jul 17, 2000, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Several embedded OSes are racing to corner the mainstream market. Among these contenders are multiple Linux offerings, Microsoft's Windows CE and Windows NT 4.0 Embedded, Sun's JavaOS, Symbian's EPOC and Palm's PalmOS. ...while PalmOS has cornered the handheld market, embedded Linux is popping up just about everywhere else."

"For solutions providers, the message is clear: If you're working with network appliances and mobile devices, you'd better familiarize yourself with embedded Linux. ... Of course, an operating system is useless without widespread developer support. Here, Linux stands to benefit because hundreds of thousands of programmers are familiar with C, C++, Python or PERL on Unix or Linux. These gurus can start writing embedded Linux code today."

"Another plus for Linux is its flexibility. Applications written for one platform (say, a Pentium III with 64MB of RAM), can be easily transported to an embedded chip with 8MB of RAM. The same doesn't hold true for Microsoft's embedded alternatives, Windows CE and NT Embedded."

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