Microsoft has 32 percent of the embedded software market, but apparently fears Linux's 8 percent (and rising) share....[L]ast October, VDC released the results of a survey in which embedded developers overwhelmingly said that they planned to use either free or licensed versions of Linux on their next projects instead of proprietary operating systems. "Linux remains an attractive operating system choice for a range of embedded development teams for a number of reasons, including: royalty-free runtime costs, advanced networking capabilities and technical features, [and] the large base of engineers familiar with the Linux operating system," the research firm said.
In response, Microsoft is reshaping and expanding its line of embedded Windows products.
Good luck. The embedded market is perfectly suited to open source, and not to a license-driven model like Microsoft's. Here's why.… Read more