"Once seen as a staunch holdout against Linux, embedded
toolsmaker Wind River has made a number of moves in the opposite
direction during recent months.
"Just today, the Alameda, Calif.-based company announced it is
teaming up with Linux distributor Red Hat in order to develop Red
Hat Embedded Linux for the device software optimization market. The
deal with the Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat means its enterprise
version of Linux will be the foundation of Wind River Linux-based
Platforms and will be integrated with Wind River's own tools,
middleware and services, the companies said.
"So why--after a history of moves away from open source--the
change in strategy? Demand for Linux from some of the company's
customers, starting with the telecom market, according to Dave
Fraser, Wind River's senior VP of products..."