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CNET News.com: Commentary: A Slow Start In Embedded Software

Apr 11, 2001, 17:09 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Bittman, Michael Silver)

Reader Myddrin wrote in with this link and some commentary of his own:

Myddrin writes:
I've looked at this about five different times, and still so no supporting evidence for the final claim. It explicitly contradicts earlier statments in the article. The primary reason is that embedded operating systems--no matter how good they are--don't take off. The market is a vendor market, not a consumer market. If the buying vendor already has an appliance or any computing product that requires an embedded operating system, it will need a strong reason to change its embedded operating system.

So why would appliances entrenched with Linux (as is predicted by the article) suddenly up and switch to Windows? Either, there is additional material at Tech Republic which may help explain or we REALLY need to start concentrating on critical thinking skills in our educational institutions.

From the item on CNET:
"Microsoft is well placed to capture the high end of the appliance market, where devices may need more functions and flexibility. While the "old" appliance market was relatively static, the growing appliance market will be more dynamic, require the ability to handle a broader set of services (even if the operating system is embedded), and may need the ability for online changes in function and customization. Those requirements are better tackled by a general-purpose embedded operating system, such as Windows and Linux."

"Linux will likely do better in products where cost, performance, size of the software or significant customization of the operating system are critical..."

"...Early on, the conditions of the "new" appliance market will tend to favor Linux. As the appliance market matures and moves upstream, Windows will capture more opportunities."

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