Embedded Linux at 10; How’s its Mojo?

Jan 30, 2009

Embedded Linux has now been around for a decade and consistently ranks as one of the top OS choices for device development. But, does it still have its mojo?

Four distinguished panelists offered their insights on this intriguing topic in a panel discussion at the Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference this week.

The session examined Linux’s strengths and weaknesses relative to mobile and embedded applications ranging from handheld consumer gadgets to automotive infotainment systems to carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure. It also assessed the quality and completeness of the open-source OS’s available development tools.

The four presenters — and their topics — were:

  • Jim Ready, Founder and CTO at MontaVista Software spoke on: “MIDs and Netbooks and Handsets, Oh My!”
  • Bill Weinberg, independent analyst and consultant at LinuxPundit.com discussed: “An Alphabet Soup of Mobile/Embedded Linux Consortia”
  • John Grana, Senior VP and General Manager at Performance Technologies Inc. enlightened the audience regarding: “What’s Happening in the Esoteric World of Carrier Grade Linux?”
  • Glen Seiler, Senior Director of Market Development at Wind River answered the question: “How Good are Linux’s Development Tools?”

The session, moderated by DeviceGuru.com’s own Rick Lehrbaum, was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of over a hundred conference participants. Each panelist summarized his topic in about 10 minutes, after which there was a spirited discussion among the group.

DeviceGuru is pleased to bring you the slides from each presenter’s short talk. Click the following images to view each presentation in PDF format:









So, what was the conclusion? Does embedded and mobile Linux still have its mojo? The group’s unanimous declaration: a resounding “YES!”

Further information on the Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference is available here.



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