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Upside: Embedded Linux comes to the fore

Aug 18, 2000, 00:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Take embedded Linux companies, for example. Virtually invisible on the LinuxWorld floor a year ago, fast-growing companies such as Lineo, MontaVista and LynuxWorks poured their precious pre-IPO dollars into lavish booth displays. It was an eerie sight, considering that many of the same companies had been displaying their wares on card tables only five weeks before at the Embedded Linux Conference."

"Then again, different stages require different props. Given the number of fresh eyeballs in the room, embedded Linux companies couldn't afford to come across as too chintzy."

"In many ways being at LinuxWorld is more attractive than being at the embedded expo, because it puts you in there with the new thinkers," said Jim Ready, chief executive officer for MontaVista, makers of the real time embedded operating system Hard Hat Linux. "In the embedded systems market, there's a very clear distinction between the New World and the Old World, and Linux developers are New World."

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