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Reflections on the EMF embedded Windows vs. embedded Linux report

Jul 31, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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In this editorial, LinuxDevices.com founder Rick Lehrbaum offers his “reflections” on the recently published (Microsoft-funded) Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF) report which claims embedded development projects based on Microsoft's “Windows Embedded” operating system platforms (specifically, Windows CE .NET and Windows XP Embedded) are completed 43% faster and at 68% lower cost, on average, compared with… similar projects using Embedded Linux.

Lehrbaum writes . . .

I have attempted to be objective in my review of the EMF report. In reviewing the report, I arrived at the conclusion that it does not treat embedded Linux in a fair and balanced manner. Many of my reasons for reaching that conclusion are given below, in the form of a series of questions, concerns, and comments based on my review of the EMF report.

I welcome the addition of opinions from both individuals and companies in the embedded market — on all sides of the issue — via the talkback thread which is provided at the bottom of this article. Additionally, guest editorials are invited, and will be reviewed for possible publication on these pages.

Now, for my reflections on the EMF report . . .

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