"The hype that spawned several Linux start-ups has
vanished, but a pioneer in operating systems for computing devices
other than PCs still has faith that Linux is the foundation for
MontaVista Software has raised $28 million from earlier
investors and from new partners including IBM Microelectronics and
Sony, said Jim Ready, founder and chief executive.
...Twenty years ago, Ready created VRTX, the first commercial
operating system for "embedded" computing systems, a category that
now includes everything from antilock-brake controllers to VCRs to
mobile phones to automatic teller machines. VRTX, still sold by
Ready's former employer, Mentor Graphics, runs the Hubble Space
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