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Dr. Dobb's Embedded: Industrial-Strength Linux

Sep 03, 2001, 06:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Genereaux)
"... One thing that caught my eye this month was a survey by Evans Data showing that Linux is still increasing its share in the marketplace. I can attest to this, since I recently got an inquiry about putting Linux into an industrial battery charger. If Linux is reaching into the industrial arena, it has well and truly arrived.

In the design talks with the client, I raised concerns about Linux being overkill for this project. After all, there are lighter weight RTOSs out there that would do the job. The client, however, wanted something with a broad name recognition. Basing the device on Linux gave them a marketing advantage that none of the other RTOS's currently could provide. Linux has received a lot of press lately, so in this context, it made sense for them to use Linux. And besides, the application wasn't hard real time ? it collected several 10's of data points over the course of a second, polling every few hundred milliseconds ? nothing Linux can't handle."

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