SD Times editor Alan Zeichick examines the current state of Red Hat's eCos operating system now that Red Hat has backed away from promoting it, and discusses the implications of eCos version 2 now being licensed under a modified version of the GPL. Zeichick writes . . .
“Red Hat Inc.'s apparent dropping of the eCos operating system will not affect developers' plans to continue using the RTOS, since the company says its next version will be licensed under a less restrictive agreement and that good support is available elsewhere.”
“Beginning with version 2, which went into alpha testing in May, eCos will be licensed under a modified version of GNU Project's General Public License, rather than the more restrictive Red Hat eCos Public License (RHEPL). 'With eCos 2 being [available under] GPL, Red Hat really isn't in control anymore,' said Tim Drury, chief engineer at Silicon Motorsports, a start-up developing hardware and software systems for street and racing cars . . . “
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