[Updated Dec. 19, 2001] Microsoft has published an online document entitled Why Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and Not Embedded Linux?, in which embedded XP is compared to Embedded Linux in eight ways. Quoting from the introduction . . .
Selecting an operating system (OS) platform is one of the first decisions an embedded developer must make for any given device design. Whether you are considering migrating from a proprietary to commercial platform, or from one commercial platform to another, the objectives are the same: accelerated time to market; a solid, extensible OS core that can be used across all projects; superior technologies that support differentiation and address emerging opportunities; and predictability over the device lifecycle. In addition, you want it at the lowest possible total cost from a reputable vendor who will support you throughout the process.
The document then proceeds to compare XP Embedded to Embedded Linux according to these eight topics, claiming that XP is superior in each case . . .
- Linux Is Not Free
- OEM Licensing
Answering the Microsoft challenge
Given that fact that “Embedded Linux” is not the product of a single dominant vendor, but rather is the result of the collaborative (and competitive) efforts of an entire market consisting of dozens of large and small companies plus thousands of individual developers, LinuxDevices.com hereby invites the Embedded Linux Community to respond to Why Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and Not Embedded Linux? here at LinuxDevices.com.
Subsequent to the initial issuance of this “Call to Action” by LinuxDevices.com on December 10, 2001, the following rebuttals and responses have been published . . .
- LynuxWorks responds to Microsoft attack on Embedded Linux
- Lineo responds to Microsoft attack
- Lineo rebuttal to Microsoft attack on Embedded Linux — Part II
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