"Linux is slipping more frequently through the back door of
corporations in a box. And companies are seeing Linux pop up in all
sorts of devices faster than it is possible to say "embedded
computing." Embedded developers are leaping for Linux in record
numbers, largely because of the free operating system's full set of
available features and high capacity for customization. Lineo Inc.,
Salt Lake City, Utah, plans to play a big part in the emerging
market of embedded, real-time, and high availability enterprise
Linux functions. Lineo's chief technology officer Tim R. Bird
explains why Linux is one of the best options for an embedded
operating system and how Lineo intends to play a role in its
growing popularity in this question and answer interview."
"What do you expect of Linux's future in embedded computing?
People will be surprised two or three years from now by how rapidly
Linux penetrated the embedded marketplace. People who are not that
familiar with Linux see it as a desktop phenomenon. We're seeing a
really good match between Linux and the embedded space. There's a
whole lot of different reasons customers might come to Linux. Open
source is one of the big ones. There are a lot of different
vendors, and there are a lot of different options for customers.
The technology is very robust."