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LinuxDevices.com: Snapshot of the Embedded Linux Market - May, 2003

May 30, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The results of LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are now in, and they provide an interesting profile of the ascendant embedded Linux software market. This year's online survey was conducted over a three month period--from November 2002 through January 2003--and had nearly 600 participants, the bulk of whom categorize themselves as embedded system software, hardware, or system developers.

"Below, we focus on several findings of the survey which we found particularly interesting, and offer our own interpretation of certain points of data. The full set of results is available here, and we encourage you to review the complete data and draw your own conclusions. Additionally, we have provided a discussion thread in our Forum where you can post comments or questions about the survey, regarding our interpretation, or on anything else related to this topic.

"It should be noted that the respondents to our survey are self-selected, and that we have minimal control over multiple or dishonest voting--although we do block multiple votes from the same IP. Additionally, the operating system preference data on which our survey is based represent instances of previous or anticipated use of Linux in embedded projects, and are no measure whatsoever of revenue market share. The latter, which is the more appropriate measure of the relative commercial success of operating system software and tools vendors, we leave in the capable hands of VDC, EDC, IDC, and other three-letter market analysts..."

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