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Wind River's Move to Linux

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April 6, 2005 10:27 PM PST

News.com has an article on Wind River's moves to adopt Linux. We have been watching Linux's effects on the embedded OS makers for years now. It seems like VxWorks is coming to this game a bit late, but actually having the #1 embedded OS vendor (er I mean Device Software Vendor) start thowing it's weight behind it really makes a statement. I guess they have to do something after AE.


Comments (8)
Paul, April 6, 2005 11:13 PM:

I don't think they'll ever get used to protected memory or compilers that work.

J, April 6, 2005 11:35 PM:

I find the quotes from this article very strange. Something about mice and dwarves? Linux and GPL really has companies with their backs to the wall and they just don't seem to know how to respond.

John, April 6, 2005 11:46 PM:

Paul, Come on how many compiler bugs, scheduling bugs, select bugs did we actually run into?

J, Yeah that article has a funny feel.

I haven't followed the embedded market for a while. I wonder how the Lynx, oh I mean Lynuxworks guys are doing. They were the first I remember to really embrace that model.

Paul, April 6, 2005 11:51 PM:

John: More than one, which is more than we should have... ;)

George, April 7, 2005 12:16 AM:

I think Wind River followed AE with VxWorks 6.0. The quote I remember hearing from someone at WindRiver was "6.0 is AE done right".

My favorite quote from the article "You can't do control-alt-delete on a pacemaker".

John, April 7, 2005 09:41 AM:

Hmm, I would like to see a comparison chart between AE and 6.0. I'm wondering what the difference is. From the 6.0 features list I see features like, MMU-based memory protection,
Process-based user-mode application execution environment... Sounds like some similar features. Although no full protection domains.

Actually a more interesting story would be the here about the 'internal' development of the two products. I'm guessing that there were two competing camps.

J, April 8, 2005 12:35 AM:

What do you think the developers thought of this: "Klein, 45, is relaxed and optimistic, saying he has banned cynicism and negativity at the company." Not only does this mean that there is cynicism and negativity, but can you imagine what happened to negativism when they BANNED it? Ha ha ha. It's like throwing fuel on the fire!

Paul, April 8, 2005 01:09 AM:

Maybe they are like the borg: with no memory protection, they can all read each other's thoughts... imagine that at GoAhead circa 2002... scary!






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