"Today, a growing number of companies vies for the attention of
embedded systems developers seeking to build and deploy on Linux.
Which are going to grow, thrive, and eventually lead the industry?
Which technologies, licensing practices, business models and market
forces will determine the leaders?"
"The use of Linux as an embedded systems platform represents a
major change in the technologies and economies of building embedded
applications. The power of Linux as an operating system, and the
new types of business models for licensing, represent a marked
change from "business as usual" practices that have dominated
embedded design for the last 20 years."
"This article reviews the strengths of the Linux open
source, royalty-free business model, and why it is the most
appropriate model for the future of embedded systems design and
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