"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."