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 sam on Fri 4th Apr 2003 22:47 UTC

>>>>Interestingly enough, however, if you are doing an application that requires a TCP/IP stack (most of those of interest to NetBSD users) both Wind and QNX use the NetBSD stack (that should say something right there).

Not necessarily. The newest QNX comes with 3 different tcp/ip stack. While the standard QNX tcp/ip stack is the full bsd tcp/ip stack (which everybody else also provides), QNX also come with a very small embedded tcp/ip stack and a ip6 stack.

And that's only their standard OEM stacks. There are also tons of 3rd party companies that have built even smaller (or even bigger/more functional/more cutting edge) QNX ip stacks for the Cisco's and Motorola's. The same is also true for vxworks and lynx --- they have to --- because telecom is their biggest customers.

>>>So, once you add that functionality to your design, the foot print is only marginally different. Certainly not enough to make much difference in the cost of components.

Just look at the different QNX shells. They have a full-sized korn shell, a fat embedded shell, an embedded shell and a micro-embedded shell. That's the difference between the commercial embedded OS and embedded netbsd/linux --- the pros have the 15-20 years of experience in miniaturizing every single part of their OS. Little things like that quickly adds up to saving a lot of footprint.

>>>There are several ink jet/laser printer companies (well known and large) using NetBSD for their embedded OS today.

Those Ricoh laser printers are usually isolated projects.

Whereas Vxworks basically cornered HP/Minota/Kyocera range of office products.