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IDG.net: Embedded Linux catching on

Nov 17, 2000, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas F. Gray)

"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 opportunity."

"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 added."

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