September 3, 2001

Industrial strength Linux

Author: JT Smith

"In the design talks with the client, I raised concerns about Linux being overkill for this
project. After all, there are lighter weight RTOSs out there that would do the job. The
client, however, wanted something with a broad name recognition. Basing the device
on Linux gave them a marketing advantage that none of the other RTOS's currently
could provide. Linux has received a lot of press lately, so in this context, it made sense
for them to use Linux. And besides, the application wasn't hard real time - it collected
several 10's of data points over the course of a second, polling every few hundred
milliseconds - nothing Linux can't handle." More Dr. Dobb's Embedded Systems.


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