Linux has been receiving a lot of attention for
the embedded systems market recently. Where does this put
Paul Leroux: That's true. And, really, it's a
matter of using the best tool for the job. For instance, QNX's
microkernel architecture, which allows all drivers and file systems
to run in MMU-protected user space, can be much more appropriate
for high-availability networking products. Likewise, our source
licensing model, which enables you to 'keep' your intellectual
property, is designed for embedded OEMs, many of which won't
consider the GPL.
But, I must say that, with the increasing popularity of Linux we
have seen an attendant increase in the amount of developer talent
out there that knows the POSIX API -- the same API embraced by QNX.
That allows both us and our customers to leverage Linux talent. So,
it's sort of a mix of synergy and competition."