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LinuxDevices.com: Inder Singh on The ELC Platform Specification

Apr 15, 2001, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The ELC initiative for a unified open platform for embedded Linux (the ELC Platform Specification) is a watershed event for the embedded industry. One of the most tantalizing promises of Linux for this highly fragmented market is the possibility of a single, open, multi-vendor standard platform for embedded software."

"The embedded markets have never had the equivalent of a software platform like DOS or Windows around which a software industry could grow. Embedded developers have had to develop most of their software from scratch, with far fewer choices of tools and middleware to build upon than their mainstream counterparts, and there has been much effort expended reinventing the wheel for each project."

"The POSIX effort of a decade ago, which included real-time extensions to the UNIX APIs and the definition of POSIX real-time profiles, was aimed at this holy grail of an open real-time/embedded platform. The POSIX APIs have gained popularity in the embedded community, and have played a useful role for developers who wanted to develop portable software. However, they have failed to achieve the hoped for widespread traction in the embedded markets that would establish POSIX as a leading "platform."

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