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LinuxDevices: VDC: How Will Wind River's Anti-Linux Past Affect Its Current Linux Plans?

Oct 04, 2003, 05:30 (14 Talkback[s])
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"Earlier today Wind River announced that its hardware-assisted debugging tools would be supporting Linux... that's right Linux.

"Could this announcement signal a dramatic change in strategy for one of the leading suppliers of embedded operating systems, development tools and integrated platforms? Previously, Wind River was committed to a strategy of focusing on its commercial OSs and tools and fighting the encroachment of Linux into the core embedded systems market. Now, after what was likely a long and anguished process, Wind River has taken the first steps in supporting the leading open source OS--not that Wind River was anti-open source given its acquisition of the software assets of BSDi. Wind thought that the BSD license would be more business-friendly, and that the operating system would complement its existing RTOS offerings. However, Linux posed a more present danger to its commercial OS and tools business given its wide popularity, license structure, and committed community. Wind River was, along with Microsoft, one of the loudest anti-Linux voices in the media, through quotes, white papers, and other methods..."

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