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[News] Embedded Linux Trailblazer Says Linux Presence is Underestimated

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Ten years after: An Interview with MontaVista's Jim Ready

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| READY: One thing we underestimated was the number of semiconductor engineers 
| and partners working on Linux to enable Linux on chips. That happened faster 
| and at a larger level than we thought. When we started out building 
| MontaVista Linux earlier in the decade, we had to make the assumption that 
| Linux may not exist on a given piece of hardware, or that if it was 
| available, the kernel version might be four or five rev's back. Beyond that, 
| Linux was still somewhat unstable. So we developed a set of requirements and 
| industrial processes to produce a commercial quality Linux that could go into 
| any device. But now Linux has gotten really deep into the fabric of the chip 
| business, and we are now adjusting to that reality with our new MDE approach 
| in MontaVista Linux 6.          



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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