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CNET News: Mixed Fortunes for Embedded Linux

Dec 18, 2002, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Companies selling Linux for embedded devices such as set-top boxes took one step back and one forward Tuesday as Motorola agreed to acquire once-hot Embedix, formerly called Lineo, and Toshiba invested in MontaVista Software.

"Motorola's Metrowerks subsidiary, which sells the CodeWarrior programming tool package, will take over Embedix's software and about 30 of its employees under the acquisition plan. The move will give Metrowerks three versions of Lineo's Embedix operating system--for handheld computers, digital televisions and home networking devices--as well as the programming kit to configure the software.

"While Embedix's software powers Sharp's Zaurus handheld computer, the company didn't sell its software widely enough to remain independent..."

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