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[3]: Naturally
by Alfman on Tue 5th Mar 2013 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Naturally"
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"BSD does have a relevant part of the market - in iOS."

Ah yes, the unspoken cousin ;) It still didn't make EE's list though. I wonder what their qualifications were for the embedded market.

"So Linux is not in that position due to market forces - it had to overcome substantial market forces to get to that position. Rather it is in that position because it really is among the best in numerous views."

Well, it's widespread adoption hasn't occurred without merit, so please don't take what I'm about to say the wrong way. But now that linux is in a dominant position there is a real risk of linux getting chosen over alternatives simply because is the defacto standard of open source kernels rather than because it is the best. In some cases the linux kernel seems to be lagging behind by many years (ie ZFS, unionfs, async file io, non-fork spawning, ...) Even so I still choose linux because linux is better supported and the market is bigger. There are market forces at work.

Edit: Just to reiterate, linux is a great choice for embedded devices. My only objection with your post was the notion that market position is solely based on merit without influence from market factors.

Edited 2013-03-05 21:17 UTC

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