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