LinuxDevices.com: Red Hat's 'un-Linux' OS (eCos) gains another convert
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"In spite of Red Hat's perceived image as "the Linux
company," the company continues to promote eCos as a light weight
and highly configurable alternative to Linux, for deeply embedded
applications. Red Hat's ongoing eCos commitment surfaced yesterday
in the form of a joint announcement between Red Hat and CrosStor
Software. CrosStor, it seems, is porting its network-attached
storage (NAS) software -- which currently depends on Wind River's
VxWorks as its underlying RTOS platform -- to Red Hat's eCos."
"According to CrosStor CTO Gordon Harris, CrosStor requires an
embedded RTOS for a number of basic system functions, including a
hardware abstraction layer (HAL), precision scheduling, and timers.
Although the company is currently a licensee of Wind River's
VxWorks RTOS, Harris says "eCos is very attractive." The port of
CrosStor to eCos is already in process and will be released before
the end of this year."
"Linux itself was not a viable alternative, Harris explained,
"because [Linux] brings general purpose operating system baggage"
that is not appropriate for the highly specialized file system and
RAID technology requirements of CrosStor's network-attached storage
application. "eCos is much more light weight," said Harris. Using
Linux with real-time extensions such as RTLinux was also not
viable, according to Harris, because although "RTLinux is really
good for data collection," it does not offer the specific real-time
services, such as scheduling and timers, that are required by
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