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OSNews.com: Interview with QNX's Paul Leroux

Sep 05, 2001, 14:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Heron)

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Linux has been receiving a lot of attention for the embedded systems market recently. Where does this put QNX?

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."

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