Embedded Operating Environments: How Does Linux Compare?

This IDC whitepaper takes a look at the key factors to consider when evaluating an embedded operating environment built on a kernel covered by the GNU GPL. Discussion points include general pros and cons of Linux, intellectual property rights issues when working with various forms of open source licensing, and the broader benefits of working with open source technology. Some of the other areas covered include the availability of GNU GPL tools and utilities to expand the Linux environment, a look at the subject of RTOS support, and how developers can work within a GNU GPL environment yet retain a proprietary advantage for their products. This paper also provides examples for how embedded operating environment vendors can help guide product developers through the process of building and deploying an open source kernel in their device.

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