"One of the open-source community's most frequently heard battle
calls echoed through a panel discussion at Comdex on the benefits
of embedded Linux -- "Where there's chaos, there's
"Embedded operating systems have become a hot topic lately, with
vendors deciding which OS is likely to run the next generation of
Internet appliances. Soon, everything from refrigerators to radios
will have a processor in it -- not a full-blown computer, but a
device with a small operating system that does the same thing every
time it is turned on."
"Because of its open-source status, many believe that Linux
is ideal for a large number of Internet appliances. "Linux is a
very widely used open-source operating system, so it's easy to port
to different devices and support a large number of configurations,"
said Inder Singh, chief executive officer and president of embedded
Linux company Lynuxworks Inc. "Because Linux is vendor neutral,
it's quickly becoming the first system used on any device," he
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