Linux 2.6: A Breakthrough for Embedded SystemsLinux 2.6 introduces many new features that make it an excellent operating system for embedded computing. Among these new features are enhanced real-time performance, easier porting to new computers, support for large memory models, support for microcontrollers, and an improved I/O system. The embedded computing universe includes computers of all sizes, from tiny portable devices, like wristwatch cameras, to systems having thousands of nodes distributed worldwide, as is the case with telecommunications switches. Embedded systems can be simple enough to require only small microcontrollers, or they may use massive parallel processors with prodigious amounts of memory and computing power. Linux 2.6 has been enhanced to provide support across the spectrum of these needs.
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