Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 19:44 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones "'s survey results consistently show Debian to be the most popular distribution among device developers. For example, our 2007 survey indicated that Debian was used in device-related projects by 13 percent of the survey's 932 participants, roughly double the score of MontaVista, the most popular strictly-embedded distribution. In addition to Debian's 13 percent score, Ubuntu, which is based on Debian packages, jumped to 6 percent this year, its first year in our survey. In contrast, Red Hat, achieved a 5 percent score and Fedora came in at 6 percent, while SUSE scored just 2 percent. The complete results and analysis are here. Why do device developers prefer Debian?"
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by Silent_Seer on Tue 1st May 2007 21:14 UTC in reply to "LOL"
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It's for embedded systems. You don't need to run your desktop apps here. It will be used in places where you won't even know it exists. Companies pick and choose which source of linux to use. Some are free and optimized for a particular processor, some are paid for and with support, some are real time oriented and so on.

Win CE is a competition (that too only when ARM is concerned) , Haiku, ReactOS and other desktop OS don't matter here.

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