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AllLinuxDevices: Embedded Linux Consortium Claims Microsoft Position Ignores Vast Embedded Markets

May 07, 2001, 17:56 (2 Talkback[s])

We aren't sure of the semantics or underlying assumptions involved in discussing "open source" and "commercial" as two separate types of products, but this broadside from the Embedded Linux Consortium takes the longer view on Microsoft's stance on open source software, saying "they are turning their paranoia into a scorched earth policy."

"Dr. Inder Singh, ELC Chairman and CEO of LynuxWorks, said, ``Microsoft's broadside against open source shows they feel threatened by the rapid momentum of Linux in markets that Microsoft desperately needs to dominate as PC sales slow down. These include the server market and emerging, volume-rich embedded markets like set-top boxes, Internet appliances, Personal Digital Assistants, home gateways, factory automation and the automobile.''

``With the Justice Department's anti-trust lawsuit looking less threatening, Microsoft apparently feels free to unleash its favorite fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) weapon against Linux and open source,'' Singh added. ``By ratcheting up the volume, they are turning their paranoia into a scorched earth policy.''

``The ELC and its members believe that a healthy mixture of open source and commercial software products are good for customers, and a market dominated by a single company is bad for customers. A mix of open source and commercial products provides more choice and helps fuel innovation and competition. This has been demonstrated in the explosive growth of the Internet. The open source GNU tools have also played a key role in the growing embedded market, along with many commercial products,'' Dr. Singh concluded."

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