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LinuxDevices.com: Embedded Linux flexes its muscles at ESC 2001

Apr 21, 2001, 22:06 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"In my writings about past Embedded Systems Conferences, I've characterized the impact of Linux on the embedded market as a "disruptive technology" that was rewriting the rules of the game. Not any more -- the disruption now appears to be complete! Linux is now a full-fledged, mainstream participant in the embedded market, judging by the software, hardware, and tools exhibited at this year's annual embedded technology mega-show."

"Not that this was a big surprise, for a recently released subscriber survey conducted by Embedded Systems Programming magazine already exposed embedded Linux as the #2 embedded OS in terms of "consideration" for new designs, and #4 in terms of actual usage. The clear impression I got from this ESC is that Linux has now attained the status of being among the top three embedded operating systems -- which is right where it needs to be at this point in time."

"Just to be absolutely clear about what I'm saying, in my opinion the "big three" embedded OSes are, at the moment: (1) VxWorks, (2) Embedded Linux, (3) Embedded Windows -- or (1) VxWorks, (2) Embedded Windows, (3) Embedded Linux -- depending on how you count. These days, I doubt if you can find an embedded software or hardware vendor that doesn't attribute "must-support" status to Linux, or a developer who doesn't feel compelled to investigate Linux as an embedded OS option in the course of a new product development cycle."

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