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WideOpen News: In Bed with Embedded

Apr 28, 2000, 04:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Satya Kune)

"Microsoft announced this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in New Orleans that it will combine its embedded operating systems into a single business unit. The news is unsurprising, but it does reflect an active shift in the marketplace from traditional servers, devices, and operating systems to their equivalents -- an area where Linux is already well-positioned."

"The larger hardware vendors are, as usual, staying involved but impartial. Compaq currently leads sales of Linux servers, but also provides hardware for the Windows CE-based Microsoft Pocket PC. Similarly, both IBM and Dell are rallying their server appliance efforts, releasing hardware that will run stripped-down versions of Linux and Windows."

"Server appliances have become popular as operating systems have swollen with features and bundled applications. Companies that only need a server to run a specific function -- such as serving Web pages -- prefer a bare-bones operating system that allows for breakneck hardware performance. And small devices such as PDAs or handheld credit card processors don't have enough memory or processing power to handle a full-fledged operating system, rendering them useless without a miniature alternative."

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