Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 3rd Apr 2003 17:16 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The main commercial company behind NetBSD is Wasabi Systems. The company has contributed advances and big chunks of code to the open source project, while they do offer a boxed release of NetBSD. However, their main business for the company is the embedded market and NetBSD is marketed as an embedded OS. Today, we talk to the Vice President of Wasabi Systems, Jay Michaelson.
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by Will on Thu 3rd Apr 2003 17:26 UTC

I'm a layman in the area, but while there is no doubt demand for hard real time embedded applications, I bet there are many more with less stringent requirements.

With the ready availablity of cheap hardware, and large memory spaces, NetBSD can now be a better fit for a lot of applications, particularly custom small lot projects vs wide scale consumer products where saving $2 in parts is worth the time and money.

It would be interesting to see how small the kernel would get with only a single disk driver, serial driver, VM, scheduler, and FFS. Dump the TCP/IP stack and fall back on good 'ol XMODEM. What more do you need?

I'd dump the VM, but I think that would be far to much work.