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Wind River: there’s money in Linux devices, but not for MontaVista

Apr 6, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Wind River CEO Ken Klein says he expects Linux to account for close to half his company's business within three to five years, according to an interview published at CNET. At the same time, Klein criticizes pureplay Linux vendor MontaVista for trying to “sell free software.”

Currently, Linux accounts for less than 10 percent of Wind River's business, Klein says. However, Klein hopes to double Wind River's annual revenue — from $250M to $500M — and clearly expects his company's embrace of Linux to play a central role.

At the same time, Klein derides MontaVista's business model, calling the company the “unfortunate red-eyed mouse” of the device software industry.

Additional topics addressed by Klein include concerns about GPL “leakage,” primarily from Asian middleware vendors, Wind River's refactoring of its deal with Red Hat, and why Wind River prefers the word “device” to the word “embedded.”

Read Ken Klein interview at CNET

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