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
"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..."