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    SubjectRe: The end of embedded Linux?
    On Sun, 2002-10-06 at 05:28, David S. Miller wrote:
    > Embedded applications tend to have issues which are entirely specific
    > to that embedded project. As such, those are things that do not
    > belong in a general purpose OS.

    90% of the embedded Linux problem is not this. Its actually easy to get
    most of the embedded needs into the base kernel - in fact they overlap
    the other worlds a lot.

    Need low power consumption/resource usage - thats S/390 mainframe
    instances and ibm wristwatches.

    Need good cpu control - thats desktop/laptop and embedded

    Need good irq behaviour (pre-empt/low latency) - thats desktop/embedded

    and it carries on like that.

    No the big problem is that each embedded vendor is desperately trying to
    keep their changes out of the mainstream so they can screw each other.
    In doing so the main people they screw are all their customers.

    So if the embedded people want 2.6 to be good at embedded they need to
    get their heads out of their arses and contribute to the mainstream.
    Otherwise they'll always be chasing a moving ball, and a ball most
    people are kicking the other way down the field. Its a simple fact of
    line, if you stick you head up your backside all you get to do is eat

    (and yes there are some embedded people who do contribute but they are
    sadly a real minority)


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