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[News] ECM Magazine in Defence of Embedded Linux

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Embedded Systems: Linux Update

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| A view of Linux from several perspectives will help embedded-system designers 
| better understand how they can use this open-source operating system. Experts 
| at Eurotech, Texas Instruments, and Rowebots share their approaches.  
| "Contrary to what some engineers might think, Linux provides a mature 
| operating system," said Arlen Nipper, president and CTO at Eurotech. "You can 
| obtain best-in-class security, TCP/IP stacks, and support for wireless 
| networking, for example. The associated code drops into Linux and works right 
| away."    
| "Customers can get everything they need; cross-compiler tools ready to run a 
| development system, all the linux source code, utilities to run Python, 
| embedded Java, or XWindows, and so on," noted Nipper. "So engineers who use 
| Linux get a complete software-development system and run-time code at 
| essentially no cost."    


Carrier Supports Four LXI Function Cards

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| Running the Linux 2.6 kernel via a 300-MHz processor, Bustec's ProDAQ 6100 
| LXI function card carrier provides access for up to 4 Bustec ProDAQ function 
| cards through a standard Gigabit LAN interface.  



Linux still top embedded OS

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| In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
| following reasons for Linux's popularity:
|     * Licensing cost advantages
|     * Flexibility of source code access
|     * General familiarity
|     * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
|     * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS


Embedded Linux research report ships

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| EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
| embedded Linux.
| [...]
| Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
| code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
| specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
| factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux."
| The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
| Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
| platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
| development, and of course, Linux.

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