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    SubjectRe: Solaris 2.6 and Linux
    Cannot see why embedded systems present a different problem to other
    software developed by GPL. Analog Devices charge a hefty fee for thier
    porting of GNU C to thier DSP family (it is the standard C compiler for
    these systems). A note (2 lines) in the accompynying flyer says you can
    get full source to the GNU parts on a SUN tape for $150.

    Probably they do not get much request. After all, the sort of person who
    would request this source knows full well they can get it easier
    elsewhere. If they did suddendly become innundated with requests, they
    couod simply forward them to an outsourcer of the sort who make Linux

    I develop embedded systems, and I am familiar with products such as
    MicroTask and QNX, including thier commercial licence agreements which I
    do not think make life any simpler.

    I am looking forward to using linux with the 'QNX like' scheduling in
    embedded products, and I expect they will yield more features in less
    time, I don't expect to save much money at the present time because of the
    cost of the extra memory. Even so, I hope to be making more competitive
    products and developing software in a more productive and co-operative
    manner. The market will tell....

    P.S. Many people are using GPL'd software with QNX, the ports are
    availaible on thier ftp site.
    P.P.S. I think this disscussion is not (yet) relevant to embedded systems
    like microwave ovens and video cameras, Industrial controls,
    instrumentation, specialist telecom products etc are more likely targets,
    with production quantites being much lowwer and tech support resources
    being much larger.


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