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ZDNet: Microsoft takes potshots at Linux

Dec 17, 2001, 22:35 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

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"Linux companies are incensed by a recently published Microsoft document that compares Windows XP Embedded to embedded Linux. The critics are calling some of the document's claims misleading or factually wrong.

The document , called "Why Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and Not Embedded Linux?", outlines what it calls the shortcomings of Linux for embedded devices. It describes the operating system as convoluted, difficult to develop for, expensive and insecure.

The document targets manufacturers who are looking for an operating system to drive their embedded product--that is, basically any digital device other than a PC. Its aim is to try and convince them to use Windows. Microsoft has yet to make a substantial impact in the embedded market, which is dominated by proprietary operating systems. Linux is the main competition for Windows in driving devices such as Internet appliances and set-top boxes."

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