Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Mar 2013 20:32 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Linux In a recent EE Times 2013 Embedded Market study, Android was the OS of choice for future embedded projects among 16 percent of the survey's participants, second only to 'in-house/custom' (at 28 percent). But if a spectrum of disparate approaches can be lumped together as a single option, why not aggregate the various shades of Linux to see how they compare? "Parsing the EE Times data this way makes it abundantly clear that Linux truly dominates the embedded market."
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RE: Naturally
by Alfman on Tue 5th Mar 2013 13:00 UTC in reply to "Naturally"
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I agree, having linux source code makes it an obvious choice over most other commercial operating systems for embedded systems. It's widespread prevalence is a clear indication of that.

It would be nice to see BSD's (and others) in the embedded market though, they don't even make this list. I guess market forces aren't very favorable to them. Linux gets more attention because it's on top, and it's on top because it gets more attention. Such is the nature of the market forces behind the power law.

"As long as you don't need to distribute proprietary kernel-level changes and don't have some strong attachment to another product"

...Or pull an nvidia and distribute the proprietary parts as binary modules. There's quite the debate whether this is even allowed by the GPL2, but as I recall Linux himself thought it should be ok. Even if he's wrong, there isn't likely to be any action against proprietary Linux modules while he's the public figurehead for Linux.

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