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Upside: Red Hat boards the Bluetooth ship [w/Ericsson]

Aug 03, 2000, 00:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The deal is interesting in one respect: It formalizes Red Hat's desire to use Red Hat Linux as a base platform for embedded Linux development. Officially, the company has yet to come out with a separate embedded version of its popular Red Hat enterprise distribution, preferring to guard its own real-time embedded operating system EL/IX, acquired during last fall's merger with Cygnus Systems."

"Given the kernel's free software license, however, Ericsson developers merely took it upon themselves to use the kernel to develop a cheap prototype device. Ericsson unveiled that prototype at the German trade show CeBit in February, using the Opera browser as a Web interface."

"For the moment, Red Hat is holding off on creating a standard version of Red Hat Linux specifically for the embedded Linux market. By offering service and support, however, the company would allow outside vendors to customize the existing Red Hat kernel. Both Ericsson and Red Hat plan to create a central developer website in the hopes of creating a development community around the Ericsson product line."

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