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WirelessDevNet: Hats Off To Wireless Linux!; Red Hat's embedded and wireless strategy

Dec 14, 2000, 16:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicki Hayes)

"Linux is well and truly established as the open source brand of choice and more and more key embedded and wireless OEMs are recognizing it as a key technology providing more freedom than the traditional closed and proprietary model. True, the lack of royalty payments has a strong pull to such organizations too, as does the fact that Linux is technically more capable than any other OS on the market. After all it benefits from millions of hours of developers' input, rather than the input of a smaller group of developers offered by proprietary systems."

"Even so, while many people can actually develop a product on Linux, very few can produce and maintain such products as a Linux OS on a regular basis. This is where Red Hat steps in with its embedded and wireless strategy which aims to provide a turnkey solution to key OEMs, the type of solution that guarantees its customization services will keep up with future developments."

"Phil Zamani, Red Hat's Vice President of Internet Appliances, explains: "In the past, OEMs have relied heavily on proprietary systems to develop products in the embedded space. Red Hat is now targeting the key OEMs in this space to enable them to develop fully supported, robust, scalable and secure products on the Linux platform that will keep their product live and their brand strong. We are in a unique position to do this thanks to smart acquisitions and investments in the open source market."

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