MontaVista has committed heavily to Linux in the embedded space.
With customers delaying orders, the firm found it necessary to cut
"MontaVista Software, a company selling Linux for
non-PC computing products, signed up Toshiba and Ericsson as major
new business partners but laid off 20 percent of its staff...."
"But times have been tough for embedded Linux companies, as the
economic malaise has curtailed customer and manufacturer interest
in embedded product categories such as handheld computers and
telecommunications equipment. Lineo withdrew its initial public
offering plan in January, and LynuxWorks followed suit in June. Red
Hat has said customers in the embedded market are delaying
"MontaVista was worried that securing financing would be
difficult and laid off about 20 percent of its staff in May,
lowering its employee count to its current level of about 140, said
Sheila Baker, vice president, marketing."